Army United reclaimed top spot in the Thai Premier League on Sunday evening after recording a 3-1 victory over Ratchaburi at the Thai Army Sports Stadium.
Following a goalless first half, Anuwat Noichernphan handed the hosts the lead in the 59th minute when he latched onto a layoff on the edge of the box, and fired away a shot that took a wicked deflection before sailing past Ukrit Wongmeema.
Eight minutes later, Anuwat doubled his and his side’s tally when he again received possession outside the area and sent a left-footed drive into the bottom corner.
Kai Hirano then put the result beyond doubt in the 87th minute when he capitalised on some slack defending as he latched onto a high ball and forced his way through on goal, before sending a half-volley into the back of the net for Army’s third.
Nonetheless, Ratchaburi did manage a consolation a minute from time as Bruno Lopes flicked a left-wing cross to Heberty, who emphatically smashed the ball past Kosin Hembut from two yards out.
Over at the Chonburi Stadium, Chonburi’s winless streak was extended to three games after they were held to a 2-2 draw by BEC Tero Sasana.
It was the Fire Dragons who broke the deadlock after 13 minutes, when Ivan Boskovic nipped in ahead of Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool to meet Rangsan Viwatchaichok’s dangerous corner with a deft header in off the post.
Both sides were then reduced to ten men seven minutes after the half-hour mark when Chonburi centre-back Cho Byung-kuk was shown a straight red for a last-man foul on Gilbert Koomson, who was also issued his marching orders after lashing out at his opponent in retaliation.
However, it was the hosts who adapted quicker and equalised six minutes into the second half; Suttinun Phuk-hom nodding the ball over the line from close range after their opponents had failed to clear their lines at a corner.
The Sharks then edged ahead in the 66th minute when Nurul Sriyankem’s initial shot was deflected into the path of Leadro Assumpcao, who lashed a first-time shot into the roof of the net.
But with ten minutes remaining, BEC Tero went on to earn a share of the spoils when Rangsan’s pass was chested by Adisak Kraisorn to Boskovic, who improvised well to squeeze a curling shot in at the near post for the equaliser.
In Sunday’s final match, Chainat made it two wins from as many games as they beat TOT 2-1 at the TOT Stadium Chaeng Watthana.
The visitors drew first blood two minutes after the half-hour mark when Alex sublimely brought down a high ball outside the box, before clinically rifling his shot into the bottom corner.
And in the 64th minute, Alex made another pivotal contribution after he was given far too much time and space to run at the opposition, paving the way for Michael Murcy to slot home on the rebound after his initial effort had been saved.
TOT did reduce the deficit in the second minute of injury-time when Supakit Niamkong was left unmarked at the far post to meet a corner with a firm volley that went in at the near post, but it proved to be too little too late as Chainat held out for maximum points.
Sunday’s Thai Premier League Results
Army United 3-1 Ratchaburi
Chonburi 2-2 BEC Tero Sasana
TOT 1-2 Chainat