Bangkok Glass got back to winning ways in the Thai Premier League after two straight defeats on Sunday with a 4-3 win over Sisaket.
It was the Glass Rabbits who took the lead at the Sri Nakhon Lamduan Stadium after 25 minutes when Goshi Okubo stabbed the ball home from close range, after Lazarus Kaimbi had hit the byline and fired a cross past Prapart Kobkaew.
The hosts were then reduced to ten men seven minutes before halftime when Todsapol Karnplook was sent off and Bangkok Glass went on to make their numerical advantage count in the 57th minute; Kaimbi racing onto Darko Tasevki’s incisive through-ball and poking the ball past the onrushing Prapart before heading into the unguarded net.
The contest looked over four minutes later when Teeratep Winothai made it 3-0 with a simple finish from four yards after Okubo had burst down the left and cut the ball back to him, but Pichet In-bang pulled one back for Sisaket in the 69th minute when he met Manteca’s flick-on with a bullet header into the far corner.
Still, the visitors restored their three-goal advantage two minutes later when Piyachart Tamaphan strode forward before unleashing a stunning 25-yard drive into the top corner, but the hosts refused to give in and Pichet reduced the deficit once more in the 78th minute; pouncing on a loose ball inside the box before rifling a shot into the roof of the net.
Bangkok Glass then also had a man sent off when Suradej Thongchai was dismissed seven minutes from time and the hosts set up a grandstand finish as Pichet completed his hat-trick two minutes later with an unstoppable shot past Narit Taweekul from a tight angle, although they were just unable to find the equaliser in the end.
Army United were the big movers on Sunday as they climbed three spots up to fifth with a 2-0 win over newly-promoted PTT Rayong at the Thai Army Sports Stadium.
Ernesto Amantegui got Army on their way in the 27th minute when he volleyed a right-wing cross past Sujin Naknayom, before the hosts wrapped things up 15 minutes from time after Monkol Tossagri charged down the right before playing a neat pass to Tanakorn Dangthong, who coolly placed his shot into the top corner.
Over at the Thai-Japanese Stadium, Ratchaburi’s recent slump continued as they fell to a third straight defeat after being beaten 1-0 by Bangkok United.
The only goal of the game came two minutes before the half-hour mark when Ronnachai Rangsiyo netted on the rebound, after Wichaya Dechmitr’s initial effort had been saved by Ukrit Wongmeema.
Meanwhile, BEC Tero Sasana continued their unbeaten start to the season but were unable to claim maximum points as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Osotspa Saraburi at the Saraburi Stadium.
Finally, TOT narrowly avoided relegation last season, picked up their fourth win in nine games following a 3-1 victory over Police United.
Takahiro Kawamura opened the scoring for TOT at the TOT Stadium Chaeng Watthana in the 33rd minute when he headed home a corner at the back post, before Veerawong Leksuntorn made it 2-0 four minutes after the hour mark with a brilliant 25-yard strike in off the bar.
Eight minutes from time, the win was secured when Kritnaphop Mekpatcharakul raced down the right before firing a blistering shot past Pattara Piyapatrakitti, although Police managed an injury-time consolation when Tana Chanabut beat two men down the left before firing in a cross that was spilled by Weera Koedpudsa, leaving Michael Murcy with the easiest of tap-ins.
Sunday’s Thai Premier League Results
Osotspa Saraburi 0-0 BEC Tero Sasana
Sisaket 3-4 Bangkok Glass
Bangkok United 1-0 Ratchaburi
TOT 3-1 Police United
Army United 2-0 PTT Rayong