Buriram United continued their rise in the Thai Premier League as they moved into third spot with a 3-0 win over Chainat at the Khao Plong Stadium.
The Thunder Castle opened the scoring on the half-hour mark when Javier Patino clipped the ball over the opposition defence to release Carmelo Gonzalez, who lifted the ball past Kritsakorn Kerdpol before firing into the unguarded net despite appearing to be in an offside position.
Four minutes after halftime, the Spaniard doubled his and his side’s tally when he stabbed the ball from a yard out after Theerathon Bunmathan’s corner had been nodded into his path by Chitipat Tanklang.
And deep into injury-time, the win was secured when Javier Patino notched his ninth goal of the campaign from the penalty spot, after he had been hacked down inside the box.
Buriram have now lost just once in their last 18 matches in all competition and, following a shaky start to the season, find themselves just five points off the pace.
BEC Tero Sasana moved a point clear at the top of the table following a 1-1 draw with Bangkok Glass at the 72-years Anniversary Stadium, although they could be back down to second if Muangthong United avoid defeat against Sisaket on Sunday.
It was the Glass Rabbits who took the lead in the 19th minute when Chatree Chimtale ran onto Darko Tasevski’s neat through-ball, before stroking the ball past the onrushing Todsaporn Sri-reung.
However, BEC Tero hit back a minute later to earn a share of the spoils when Peerapat Notechaiya raced down the left and clipped a perfectly-weighted cross for Sho Shimoji to head home.
Over at the PAT Stadium, Singhtarua claimed a much-needed victory – their first in ten games in all competition – after beating Army United 1-0.
The only goal of the game came in the 27th minute when Hironori Saruta pounced on a loose ball on the edge of the box, and sent a sublime curling effort in off the bar to win it for the Port Lions.
High-flying Chiangrai United had their three-game winning run abruptly halted as they were beaten 2-1 by Songkhla United at the Tinsulanon Stadium.
The visitors broke the deadlock after 13 minutes after their opponents’ failure to clear their lines allowed Phichitphong Choeichiu to pounce on a loose ball and drill a 25-yard effort into the bottom corner.
But two minutes later, Songkhla pulled level after Kayne Vincent climbed highest to meet Adnan Barakat’s corner with a glancing header into the back of the net.
And five minutes from time, it was the hosts who went on to claim all three points as Pornsak Pongthong ran onto Chairat Madsiri’s incisive pass and expertly skipped past a challenge, before clinically placing his shot into the bottom corner.
Finally, Samut Songkhram climbed off the foot of the table by claiming a second successive victory following a 2-1 win over Police United at the Thammasat Stadium.
Samuel Ajayi fired the visitors in front four minutes before halftime when he ran onto a Sarif Sainui pass and made his way past Wutthisak Maneesook before audaciously skipping around Rattanai Songsangchan despite having almost no room to work with; leaving himself with the simplest of tap-ins.
And a minute into the second half, Ajayi turned provider as he charged down the right and advanced on goal before unselfishly cutting the ball back to Yusuke Kato, who finished off to make it 2-0.
Police did pull one back in the 52nd minute when Michael Murcy found space inside the box and lashed a shot past Puthasas Boonpok but they were just unable to find an equaliser, allowing the Raging Mackerel to hold out for maximum points.
Saturday’s Thai Premier League Results
Chainat 0-3 Buriram United
Songkhla United 2-1 Chiangrai United
BEC Tero Sasana 1-1 Bangkok Glass
Police United 1-2 Samut Songkhram
Singhtarua 1-0 Army United