Sunday, November 4, 2012

FA Cup Final - Buriram Utd 2-1 Army Utd

Buriram United held onto the FA Cup as Goran Jerkovic's brace helped them beat Army United 2-1.

The opening to the final was reasonably lively and was flowing from end to end without any real chances being created.

Bjorn Lindemann had Sivaruck scrambling across goal in the 13th minute as his angled shot crept wide.

The cup holders then began to dominate possession although they had to wait until the half hour mark until they finally tested Watcharapong in the Army goal. Adisak's header from Theeratorn's cross forced the aforementioned keeper to make a sprightly save with his left hand at the near post.

Five minutes later though, the Army keeper was beaten when Goran Jerkovic slotted past him after Surat had won possession in midfield to neatly tee up the goalscorer.

Spanish defender, Osmar, almost doubled the lead for the Thunder Castle as half time approached but his header from a corner flew just past the post.

On 55 minutes, Jakkraphan spurned a great chance for Buriram United when he fired over from yards out after Theeratorn's low cross found its way to his feet.

Buriram United did eventually double their lead on 62 minutes as Apichet ran into oceans of space down the right flank to cross to an unmarked Jerkovic to head home his second goal of the match.

Just when the Army fans were contemplating heading for the exits, Isarapong struck a daisy cutter past Sivaruck to reduce the deficit on 81 minutes.

The goal was to prove to be only a consolation as Buriram United held out to retain the FA Cup. Captain Apichet, with his well gelled hair, was the delightful recipient of the trophy.

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