A capacity crowd were on hand as SCG Muangthong United made history once again when Cleiton Silva hammered home his penalty shot to score the only goal of the match. The 1-0 victory over Suphanburi moved MTUTD into top spot, and Silva into the record books. He now has 102 goals, the most goals ever by a Thai professional league football player.
SCG Muangthong United were without their key centre back with Mario Abrante serving a ban following the red card picked up in Chiang Rai. In his place Suphan Thongsong was handed the start, himself a native of Suphanburi province.
The first 30 minutes were all SCG Muangthong United, and the Kirin were entirely in the opponent’s half, while Suphanburi were barely able to get a foot on the ball. The best chance was a nice little chip into the box by Peerapat which found Adisak, but his nod was wide.
Suphanburi eventually put pressure on SCG Muangthong United’s back line, and following a yellow card to Naoaki Aoyama the Kirin had to defend a series of free kicks and corners until regaining possession.
Then came the penalty call at the 36th minute. Peerapat had lifted a fee kick (from a foul call) into the six yard box,and Cleiton Silva found himself pulled off his feet.
Silva stepped forward to take the kick, and when he hammered his shot past the keeper he set a new league record for most goals by a player in Thai professional football, at 102.
Suphanburi started the second half with a signal they were not going to lie down, brining in Carmelo Jimenez as striker.
Yet by the 70th minute Suphanburi had managed only a couple of attempts towards the net, including a break away in which Suphorn fouled the forward from behind and was lucky to not be given the red. Inevitably the very popular Chappuis entered the match, injecting new energy into the Suphanburi attack.
Coach Totchtawn responded with Michael N'dri for Adisak Kraisorn. N’dri has shown he’s ready to give his all when on the pitch, and chased down every ball he could, forcing several turn overs.
The game came to a close, after 4 minutes of extra time, with Kawin doing what he does best. The corner ball into the box was arcing to the back post, and Kawin emerged above the throng to pull the ball out of the air.
The match with Suphanburi, furthermore, was a chance for MTUTD to capitalise on the loss Bangkok United suffered at the hands of Taj Navy FC. With the win SCG Muangthong United move into top spot.
SCG Muangthong United’s next match will be an away fixture at Pattaya United on Sunday May 15th, with a 7PM kick off.
Starting from May 11th, tickets are on sale at the ’S’ ticket offices at the SCG Stadium, between 12:00 - 18:00. On match day tickets will also be available at the stadium in Nong Prue, Pattaya, from 4PM, if not sold out in advance.