Sunday, July 29, 2012

Thai Port 1-1 Army United

Army defender Alessandro Alves played a major part in both goals as Thai Port and Army United fought out a 1-1 draw.

There was obviously some bad blood left from the encounter a fortnight ago as the game burst into life on 20 minutes. Alex Ruella was the chief culprit as players from both sides got involved in an unnecessary bout of chest puffing. The over meticulios referee surprisingly kept his cards in his pocket as play eventually continued.

The best chance of the half though was squandered by former Kilmarnock and Swindon Town striker Danny Invincible when he miscued a header with the goal beckoning.

It was the home side that took the lead on the hour when Ruella set up Olof Watson to shoot past the stranded keeper between the Army sticks. It's debatable whether the strike would have gone in had it not been deflected off the unfortunate Alves.

Within seven minutes, Alves made amends as he was set up by his central defensive partner Chaiwat inside the box to level despite the unconvincing Wanlop getting a hand to the Brazilian's shot.

There was no real further action to report as the game predictably headed towards a draw.

The match stats state that Thai Port had more shots and corners than their guests but on reflection I don't really recall Kosin in the Army goal having too many saves to make. I'd say a draw was a fair outcome as Army extended their unbeaten TPL run to 10 matches to remain in sixth place while Thai Port stay in 14th just two points above the drop zone.

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