Sunday, August 19, 2012

Thai Port 0-0 TOT

The game at the PAT Stadium ended in a rain soaked stalemate as Thai Port and TOT drew 0-0.

The home side shaded the first 45 minutes with their closest effort coming from Ri Myong Jun early on as he forced Weera to strongly palm away.

The away side were quiet throughout unlike their followers in the brass band. On the hour, Lee Jun Ki came within inches of opening the scoring for the visitors, but his goal bound header was cleared off the line.

The game kicked of 30 minutes later than scheduled due to the late arrival of the TOT bus, and that decision made a significant difference to the last quarter of the game as the heavens opened.

Ri Myong Jun rattled the crossbar with ten minutes left on the clock, but from then on the contest was virtually over owing to the playing surface becoming saturated with water. All that was missing was Stuart Hall's raucous commentary as the pitch became more akin to an "It's a Knockout" event rather than a professional football match.

On reflection, I'm sure TOT will have been happier with the point than their hosts would have. Throughout the 90 minutes they never really forced Wanlop into a save. Thai Port had more attempts and they must have been disappointed only to collect a point. With fixtures against the top five still looming, the Klong Toei side need to start converting these home 0-0 draws against mid-table opposition into wins.

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