Buriram United moved one point behind Thai Premier League leaders Muangthong United on Sunday after cruising to a 2-0 win over Ratchaburi at the Dragons Arena.
The Thunder Castle took the lead in the 15th minute when Jakkaphan Kaewprom stabbed home on the rebound inside the six-yard box, after opposition keeper Ukrit Wongmeema could only touch Theerathon Bunmathan’s freekick onto the post and back into the danger area.
On the stroke of halftime, the visitors doubled their advantage after Theerathon floated a brilliant cross into the box to Javier Patino, who made no mistake in guiding his diving header into the back of the net.
Any hopes the hosts had of mounting a second-half comeback were effectively ended in the 58th minute when they had Ekkaluck Thonghkit sent off, allowing Buriram to hold out for the win.
Fourth-placed Chonburi claimed their second straight win in five days after beating Songkhla United 2-0 at the Chonburi Stadium.
Anderson dos Santos had put the Sharks ahead in the 18th minute when he coolly stroked his shot past Nantapol Supathai after a loose ball had fallen into his path.
And eight minutes from time, the hosts went on to wrap up the three points as Nurul Sriyankem added a second; receiving possession inside the box before clinically drilling his shot into the bottom corner.
Meanwhile, Chiangrai United’s rise up the table continued as they climbed up to fifth with a 2-0 triumph over Songkhla United at the United Stadium.
Renan Marques fired them in front on the half-hour mark when he converted from the penalty spot, before making sure of the result in the second minute of injury-time with his second of the evening.
Over at the Sri Nakhon Lamduan Stadium, Bangkok United made it two wins in a row after defeating Sisaket 3-1.
Mika Chunuonsee headed home from a corner to hand the visitors a 17th-minute lead, but Sisaket equalised just three minutes later when Sarayuth Chaikamdee broke free inside the box and lashed a shot past Pisan Dorkmaikaew.
However, Bangkok United did manage to reclaim the lead two minutes before the hour mark when Kalifa Cisse netted with an acrobatic volley on the rebound, after Romain Gasmi’s initial freekick had come back off the bar.
And they made sure of the three points in injury-time when Noppol Pitfai broke free down the left and floated in an inch-perfect cross to leave Ronnachai Rangsiyo with a simple tap-in at the back post.
Finally, Army United’s dreadful form continued as they played out a 1-1 draw with Chainat at the Thai Army Sports Stadium.
It initially looked as though Army were headed for their first victory in seven games after Goran Jerkovic handed them the lead after eight minutes.
But three minutes before halftime, Phanuwat Jinta equalised to earn the visitors a share of the spoils and leave their opponents with just two wins in their last 13 outings.
Sunday’s Thai Premier League Results
Ratchaburi 0-2 Buriram United
Sisaket 1-3 Bangkok United
Chiangrai United 2-0 PTT Rayong
Chonburi 2-0 Songkhla United
Army United 1-1 Chainat