Muangthong United got back to winning ways in the Thai Premier League on Saturday after claiming a 4-0 win at Songkhla United to maintain their unbeaten start to the new season.
After having their perfect record ended with last weekend’s 1-1 draw at home to Police United, the Twin Qilins took just three minutes to take the lead at the Tinasulanon Stadium, after Todsapol Lated headed home Kim Dong-jin’s flick-on despite looking to be in an offside position.
Four minutes before the hour mark, it was 2-0 when Muangthong captain Datsakorn Thonglao scored a rare header after expertly nodding Suriya Sangmui’s left-wing cross into the top corner, before Milan Bubalo added a third in the 71st minute when he fired home on the rebound.
Two minutes from time, Thailand international Teerasil Dangda beat the offside trap and coolly clipped his shot into the bottom corner to round off the scoring and keep his side top of the table, two points ahead of their nearest challengers at least until Sunday.
Over at the PTT Stadium, Suphanburi’s resurgence continued as they beat PTT Rayong 1-0 – their second straight win after starting the campaign with two defeats.
Following a goalless first half, Bireme Diouf netted his third goal of the season in the 58th minute when he broke free inside the box and held off a challenge well, before guiding his shot in at the near post to hand the War Elephants all three points and inflict a first loss on PTT.
Army United grabbed their first win in three games after cruising to a 3-1 victory over Police United Thammasat Stadium.
Tanakorn Dangthong fired the visitors ahead with a neat finish after ten minutes, and snuck in unmarked to add a second two minutes after halftime.
Masahito Nato then made sure of the result when he applied the finishing touches to a sweeping counter, although Police did grab a consolation when Surachart Sareepim netted in injury-time.
Newly-promoted Air Force Central are still looking for their first victory after falling to a 2-0 defeat at Ratchaburi.
Heberty handed the hosts the lead at the Ratchaburi Stadium in the 40th minute before Douglas Cardozo doubled their tally on the stroke of halftime, which ultimately proved enough for the three points.
Elsewhere, Chiangrai United claimed their first win in 2014 in style after beating Samut Songkhram 4-2 at the United Stadium.
After Renan Marques had opened the scoring from the spot in the 26th minute following Songwut Buapetch’s handball inside the box, Phichitphong Choeichiu struck with a stunning half-volley from the edge of the box six minutes later to hand the hosts a comfortable advantage at the break.
Yutaka Tahara managed to pull one back for Samut Songkhram two minutes before the hour mark with an excellent 20-yard drive, but Leandro Assumpcao made it 3-1 in the 67th minute when he latched onto Marques’ neat layoff before curling the ball into the back of the net.
Ten minutes later, Peerapong Pichitchotirat added a fourth for Chiangrai when he raced through and poked the ball through the legs of Puthasas Boonpok, and although the visitors grabbed their second in injury-time when Samuel Ajayi netted on the rebound, it was little more than a consolation as their opponents claimed a deserving victory.
Finally, TOT climbed seven places up to tenth on the table with a 3-1 home win over Sisaket.
Apinan Kaewpila headed home at the back post in the 22nd minute to put them ahead, before Prakit Deeprom doubled their lead six minutes after the hour mark when he broke free down the right and finished in emphatic fashion.
The contest was all but over in the 72nd minute when Noppol Pol-udom added a third by brilliantly curling a corner straight into goal, although the visitors did manage to add some respectability to the scoreline when Pichet In-bang pulled one back in injury-time.
Saturday’s Thai Premier League Results
PTT Rayong 0-1 Suphanburi
Police United 1-3 Army United
Ratchaburi 2-0 Air Force Central
Songkhla United 0-4 Muangthong United
Chiangrai United 4-2 Samut Songkhram
TOT 3-1 Sisaket