Muangthong United remain top of the Thai Premier League on goal difference after claiming a 1-0 win over TOT at the SCG Stadium on Saturday.
The game was not without controversy however as it initially looked as though TOT were about to hold out for a valuable point, after keeping the hosts at bay for most of the match.
But although there it was initially signalled that there were only going to be four minutes to be added on at the end of the match, play was allowed to continue for much longer.
And in the ninth minute of injury-time, Muangthong found the breakthrough when Jay Bothroyd hit the byline before cutting the ball back for Wuttichai Tathong to sweep home at the near post.
However, the visitors were furious as they believed the ball had gone out before Bothroyd had crossed it, and they allowed their frustrations to get the better of them as Suriya Kupalang was handed his marching orders.
Muangthong remain ahead of second-placed BEC Tero Sasana, who continued their unbeaten start to the campaign with a 3-2 triumph over Suphanburi at the Suphanburi Municipality Stadium.
The Fire Dragons had initially taken a ninth-minute lead when Jaturong Pimkoon burst into the box and sent an emphatic strike into the top corner, but it took the hosts a minute to equalise after Robert Cullen latched onto Decha Sa-ardchom’s perfectly-weighted pass and lashed a shot past Todsaporn Sri-reung at the near post.
A minute after the hour mark, BEC Tero managed to reclaim the lead when Sho Shimoji met Rangsan Viwatchaichok’s right-wing freekick with a glancing header into the bottom corner.
And six minutes later, they edged further ahead after Gilbert Koomson raced through down the right before crossing for Naruphol Ar-Romsawa to smash past a hapless Puthasas Boonpok.
Suphanburi did reduce the deficit in the 78th minute when Bireme Diouf netted with a bullet header from close range but they were just unable to pull level, even though their opponents finished with ten men after Adisorn Promrak was sent off in injury-time.
Over at the PAT Stadium, Singhtarua’s four-game winning run was brought to an abrupt half as they played out a 0-0 draw with Osotspa Saraburi.
Meanwhile, Bangkok Glass claimed a much-needed win after beating bottom side Samut Songkhram 2-0 at the Samut Songkhram Stadium.
Goshi Okubo fired the Glass Rabbits ahead a minute after the half-hour mark when he broke free inside the box, before expertly firing a shot into the far corner from a difficult angle.
Nonetheless, the visitors were unable to make sure of the win until a minute from time when Flavien Michelini found space and cut the ball to the edge of the box, where Pravinwat Boonyong proceeded to drill the ball into the back of the net.
In Saturday’s final game, Air Force Central and Police United played out a 1-1 draw at the Thupatemee Stadium.
It was the hosts who drew first blood on the stroke of halftime after Zezinando’s cross picked out the darting run of Thossaphol Yodchan, who got just enough of a touch on the ball to steer the ball into the bottom corner.
Still, Police went on to claim a share of the spoils in the 50th minute when Norihiro Nishi curled home a freekick on the edge of the box, although their evening ended on a sour note after they had Wutthisak Maneesook sent off in injury-time.
Saturday’s Thai Premier League Results
Air Force Central 1-1 Police United
Samut Songkhram 0-2 Bangkok Glass
Suphanburi 2-3 BEC Tero Sasana
Muangthong United 1-0 TOT
Singhtarua 0-0 Osotspa Saraburi