SCG Muangthong United’s amazing start to the 2016 season has been the clean sheet story. With the 1-0 win over Chonburi FC, the club now has 7 clean sheets, this latest match being the fourth in a row.
Chonburi FC were never able to threaten the goal with any serious attempts, and the combination of center backs Aoyama and Mario Abrante, and keeper Kawin, closed down the sharks attack.
SCG Muangthong United’s goal at the 18th minute from Chanathip showed fans his true mettle as a footballer. Tristan Do sent over a high cross from the right, which most players would have run on to for the one touch goal. Seeing the defender would be thinking the same, Chanathip elected to play the ball off the defenders touch. This allowed him a quick run towards the six yard box for low shot past the keeper.
Worrying for SCG Muangthong United fans will be the injury to Adisak Krisorn who had to leave the match after 25 minutes. Michael N’dri entered the game and played his longest stint to date for the Kirin.
For much of the first half SCG Muangthong United played close football, using many short passes, and ofter steering the ball wide to the rushing full backs. The work rate of Chanathip, Sarach, and often Teerasil in the midfield led to many turn overs of possession.
A beautiful bit of give-and-go between N’dri and Silva came about shortly after in what could have been the kirin’s second, however Silva’s low shot was just wide.
Yet a second goal was not on the cards in the match, and Chonburi began to show offer some threats as the second half progressed. Chonburi’s new signing for 2016, Rodrigo Vergilio, was able to get clear of the defender for a good header opportunity, and Muangthong centre backs Aoyama and Mario Abrante had to work hard to contain him.
Muangthong had their chances early in the half as well, and Teerasil had time and a clear shot to the net, but pounded the ball over the bar.
By the 80th minute coach Totchtawn Sripan seemed to have taken a more defensive stance. Cleiton Silva was subbed of and Thitipan came in, playing a defensive midfield role on the right. With the outer backs also holding position and not pressing, the chances for Muangthong would have to come from the attacking midfield.
Chonburi’s head coach, meanwhile, a former teammate to Totchtawn at the national level, took a more offensive stance looking for the equaliser by subbing in the forward Leandro Assumpcao.
Yet there was simply no path to the net for Chonburi, and SCG Muangthong United added their seventh clean sheet win of the season.
The club will be in action once again next Saturday, May 7th, when they travel to Thailand’s northern most pro team, Chiang Rai United.