Muangthong United remained two points clear at the Thai Premier League summit after cruising to a 4-0 win over Singhtarua at the PAT Stadium on Wednesday.
Australia international Erik Paartalu got the Twin Qilins on their way as he opened the scoring in the 23rd minute, before Datsakorn Thonglao made it 2-0 on the stroke of halftime.
Any hopes the hosts had of mounting a comeback were effectively ended when Teerasil Dangda struck a third for their opponents three minutes before the hour mark, and the rout was completed when Milan Bubalo got in on the act five minutes from time as Muangthong condemned the Port Lions to a seventh game without victory in all competition.
BEC Tero Sasana remain hot on the heels of the league leaders as they stayed within touching distance with a 2-1 triumph over Ratchaburi at the Ratchaburi Stadium.
Sho Shimoji continued his excellent run of form as he opened the scoring two minutes after halftime, before adding a second five minutes later.
Ratchaburi did manage to pull one back ten minutes from time through a Douglas Cardozo strike but were just unable to find an equaliser, as the visitors held out for the three points.
Meanwhile, Buriram United continue to recover from their awful start to 2014 as they stretched their unbeaten run to eight games in all competition with a 2-0 win at Osotspa Saraburi.
The Thunder Castle edged ahead in the 35th minute through Kai Hirano’s opener, before Philippines international Javier Patino struck a minute before the hour mark to seal the victory.
Chonburi dropped two spots to fifth after slumping to a 0-0 draw at Sisaket, while Army United climbed up to third after beating Air Force Central 2-0 at the Thai Army Sports Stadium.
It took Army just three minutes to open the scoring when defender Wellington Priori popped up at the other end to open the scoring, and Tanakorn Dangthong netted his eighth goal of the season in the 76th minute to wrap up the three points.
Another one of the league’s in-form sides – Suphanburi – are a point behind in fourth spot after coming from behind to beat Bangkok United 3-2 at the Thai-Japanese Stadium.
The hosts had taken the lead right before the break courtesy of a Romain Gasmi penalty after Korawit Narmwiset had been brought down inside the box by Piyarat Lajungreed, but Jakkapan Pornsai fired his side level five minutes into the second half.
Robert Cullen then fired Suphanburi ahead in the 57th minute and added another four minutes later to hand his side maximum points, although Bangkok United did manage to pull one back right at the death through a Sompong Soleb strike.
Over at the Tinasulanon Stadium, Bangkok Glass got back to winning ways after defeating Songkhla United 2-1.
Although the visitors had taken the lead two minutes after the hour mark when Darko Tasevski met Suphasek Kaikaew’s neat cross with a thumping header into the back of the net, it looked as though Songkhla had forced the draw after Kayne Vincent raced onto Sulkiblee Jisawad’s incisive pass and fired the equaliser past the onrushing Teerapong Puttasukha.
But two minutes from time, Lazarus Kaimbi raced down the right and cut the ball back to Tasevski, who coolly skipped past two opponents before firing into the bottom corner to win it for the Glass Rabbits.
Elsewhere, Pakorn Prempak struck six minutes from time to hand Police United a 1-0 win over PTT Rayong at the Thammasat Stadium, while Chiangrai United beat TOT 1-0 after Keita Sugimoto netted the only goal of the game in the 88th minute.
And finally, Chainat claimed their first win in four outings after defeating bottom side Samut Songkhram 3-1 at the Chainat Stadium.
Following a goalless first half, Nikola Nikezic put the hosts in front in the 53rd minute when he was left unmarked inside the six-yard box to convert a right-wing cross, before Ratchapol Nawanno made it 2-0 six minutes later with a blistering 20-yard drive into the bottom corner.
The contest was effectively ended 12 minutes from time when Chainat hit on the counter and Jeera Jarernsuk scored their third on the rebound after his initial effort had been saved, although the visitors did manage a consolation a minute later when Sakdarin Mingsamorn found the back of the net.
Wednesday’s Thai Premier League Results
Army United 2-0 Air Force Central
Bangkok United 2-3 Suphanburi
Chainat 3-1 Samut Songkhram
Osotspa Saraburi 0-2 Buriram United
Police United 1-0 PTT Rayong
Singhtarua 0-4 Muangthong United
Sisaket 0-0 Chonburi
Songkhla United 1-2 Bangkok Glass
TOT 0-1 Chiangrai United
Ratchaburi 1-2 BEC Tero Sasana