Muangthong United got back to winning ways in the Thai Premier League on Sunday after cruising to a 3-0 win over PTT Rayong at the SCG Stadium.
Having fallen to a shock 2-1 loss to Bangkok Glass last weekend, the Twin Qilins entered the clash looking to keep the pressure on league leaders Buriram United.
It took them just six minutes to open the scoring after the opposition’s failure to clear their lines allowed Wuttichai Tathong to fire the ball across the face of goal; Mario Gjurovski racing in at the back post to stab the ball home from a yard out.
A minute before the hour mark, the hosts edged further ahead when Milan Bubalo sublimely brought down Cleiton Silva’s flick-on header before firing past Kritsana Klanklin.
And in the 76th minute, they went on to make sure of the three points when Gjurovski sent Kritsana the wrong way from the penalty spot for his second of the evening, after Bubalo had been tripped inside the box by Prayad Boonya.
The victory allowed Muangthong to stay three points behind Buriram and they are also now third on the table after overtaking BEC Tero Sasana, who fell to a shock 3-2 loss to Sisaket at the Sri Nakhon Lamduan Stadium – only their second defeat of the campaign.
Following a goalless first half, Sarayuth Chaikamdee fired the hosts ahead in the 48th with a clinical finish from six yards, and added a second on the hour mark when he got in behind Sompob Nilwong and sent a sublime 25-yard lob over Todsapol Sri-reung.
The Fire Dragons responded two minutes later when Gilbert Koomson scored from close range after Daiki Iwamasa had nodded Rangsan Viwatchaichok’s freekick into his path, only for Sarayuth to restore his side’s two-goal cushion as he completed his hat-trick in the 69th minute from the penalty spot after Narubodin Weerawatnodom had handled the ball inside the box.
BEC Tero were able to reduce the deficit once more nine minutes later when Georgie Welcome headed home a precise left-wing delivery from Chanathip Songkrasin, although the Dangerous Koupreys were able to hold out for the win.
Meanwhile, Ratchaburi’s recent slump in form as they went a fourth game without victory after playing out a 1-1 draw with Osotspa Saraburi at the Rajamangala Stadium.
The Dragons were dealt a real blow three minutes before the break when they had Sila Srikampung sent off, although they managed to take the lead in the 68th minute after Heberty raced onto Juan Quero’s brilliant 50-yard through-pass and raced through to score.
Nonetheless, the numerical deficit eventually took its toll and Osotspa capitalised ten minutes from time as Kosawat Wongwailikit glanced Adisak Ganu’s freekick into the bottom corner to earn them a share of the spoils.
Over at the Thammasat Stadium, Singhtarua fell to a third loss in a row after being defeated 2-0 by TOT.
Takahiro Kawamura fired TOT ahead a minute before the half-hour mark when he blasted a penalty into the top corner, after Lee Sang-ho had been penalised for handball inside the area.
And in the 72nd minute, they went on to seal the win after Gong Young-sun’s shot from just inside the area deflected off Jakkapong Yaito’s back and looped over a hapless Chanin Sae-Eae.
Finally, Police United struck late on in their game at the Khao Plong Stadium to hold Chainat to a 1-1 draw.
Having taken a 34th-minute lead through Park Jung-soo’s opener, Chainat’s cause was further helped 14 minutes from time when the opposition had Dagno Siaka dismissed for a second bookable offence.
But four minutes later, the hosts were also reduced to ten men when Seon Power was also shown a second yellow, and Police went on to claim a valuable point in the 84th minute when Michael Murcy fired them level.
Sunday’s Thai Premier League Results
Chainat 1-1 Police United
Sisaket 3-2 BEC Tero Sasana
Muangthong United 3-0 PTT Rayong
Osotspa Saraburi 1-1 Ratchaburi
Singhtarua 0-2 TOT