Head Coach Totchtawan was able to field a strong starting 11 as the players were fit and healthy following the break in games in the Toyota Thai League. Following a week long training camp in Khao Yai, SCG Muangthong United played a tight and controlled game and dominated Sisaket FC.
The first 15 minutes of the match saw chances at both ends of the pitch, including a close in chance for Sisaket striker Csiki Norbert, however Tristan Do recovered in time to tap the ball out for a corner. Do and Csiki were to battle most of the night as Sisaket’s threats came mainly from the big Hungarian striker until he was subbed off at the 62nd minute.
At the 17th minute the goals began after the almost constant pressure from SCG Muangthong United, which had led to 3 free kicks in their favour and a yellow card.
First, team captain Datsakorn Thonglao delivered a high free kick just past the far post. The tight angled header from Adisak was off the crossbar, but then Cleiton Silva was there to nod it in.
Just three minutes later Adisak got the header goall denied by the crossbar. The ball came in from the left and was over the defender, and Adisak tucked the ball just under the bar for the Kirin’s second goal of the match.
Several good chances were to fall to Muangthong United who continued to dominate possession through to half time. The overlapping runs of Peerapat from the left back spot, and Tristan Do, from the right, made life difficult for the Sisaket FC back line. As well, several fine pass sequences from Chanathip, Sarach Yooyen, and Teerasil, created chances stopped only due to last moment tips from Weera, the Sisaket keeper.
The inevitable third goal came at the 43rd minute when Adisak Kraisorn taps in his second of the match. Once again, the crosses were proving too difficult to handle, and Adisak was left unmarked for the easy goal.
SCG Muangthong began the second half slowly but still maintained the better share of the ball. Chances came, and centre back Mario Alvarez almost had his first goal for the club when a corner cross was just beyond the reach of a finishing touch.
Yet it was the other centre back, Japanese defender Naoaki Aoyama, who scored SCG Muangthong United’s fourth, with a header off a corner at the 71st minute. Unfortunately Aoyama took a nock in the process and left the match shortly after for the medical room.
Head Coach Totchtawan wisely subbed out other key players such as Adisak and Sarach given the hectic schedule of games on the docket, not least of all a mid week match away against rival club Buriram United.
SCG Muangthong United are looking at 8 matches over the next month, with the next fixture Wednesday April 27th at the iMobile Stadium in Buriram. They will also be facing Suphanburi and Chiang Rai in the coming weeks, all challenging matches with teams in the top half of the table.