Sunday, July 21, 2013

Army Utd 1-1 Chonburi

Both sides had one man sent off as the spoils were shared between Army United and Chonburi.

When it was still 11 v 11
The first to go was 'Jackie' Diakite in the 12th minute after an off the ball incident involving Army's centre back Tanakorn.

Despite the man advantage Army couldn't grab control on proceedings as Sinthaweechai in the Chonburi goal was virtually a spectator.

The Chonburi stalwart was eventually called into action eight minutes before the break pushing a Nipol effort to safety after it had hit the inside of the post. Some Army players were adamant that the ball had crossed the line, although from my position, it clearly hadn't.

The play quickly switched to the other end and Chaiwat was then ordered off for hauling down Samuel Ajayi as the former BG striker was baring down on goal.

Chakrit stepped up to take the resultant free kick, and his deflected effort found the back of the net to give the Sharks the lead five minutes before the interval.

Just as it seemed that Chonburi were holding the upper hand, Army equalized deep into first half stoppage time. A lay off from Barakat cut through the Chonburi back 4 setting up Tanakorn to slot home the leveller.

Army upped their passing game in the second half as Chonburi seemed quite content to sit back and use the pacy bursts of Samuel Ajayi on the break. The Nigerian was a constant menace, but he just couldn't produce the goods in the Army penalty box.

Both keepers handled whatever came their way, with Todsaporn producing a save for the cameras as he tipped over a free kick from Chonburi's Arthit.

The fact that both sides played the second half with a player short of their full compliment, allowed for an open contest and a 1-1 draw was probably a fair outcome.

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