SCG Muangthong United charged ahead to their seventh straight victory with a 2-1 away win over Pattaya United.
The outcome of the match was by no means guaranteed, however, as Pattaya United have stormed into the top of the table following a slow start in their promotion to the top flight.
It wasn’t until Michael N’dri scored the go ahead goal at the 83rd minute that victory looked possible.
Pattaya United pressured the ball well and created chances. It was Pattaya that opened the scoring early in the match with a good finish by Pathomphon after a perfect through ball into the box.
SCG Muangthong United equalised at the 24th minute with a perfectly placed left footed shot by Adisak Kraisorn.
Though SCG Muangthong United dominated ball possession, Pattaya continued to find chances. A powerful shot by Hassan Saad Ali at the 60th minute surprised everyone, and fortunately for MTUTD the strike hit the post and stayed out.
Muangthong’s forwards also had several near misses. Silva’s chip over the keeper was wide of the open net. Silva was also to hit the post late in the second half, and N’dri also chipped a ball over the keeper only to see it miss the target.
N'dri, whose role to date has been as a late-in-the-game sub for a forward or striker, said of his goal, "As a new striker, the most difficult goal is the first, one, so now I hope for the second, third, fourth, and so on." Michael N'dri joined SCG Muangthong United at the start of the 2016 season.
The match was a physical battle, and Aoyama and Tanaboon picked up their second yellow cards of the season. Pattaya defender Supravee was shown the red after an extra-time challenge on Datsakorn Thonglao left the veteran midfielder in agony on the pitch.
SCG Muangthong United will face another promoted club when Sukhothai FC visits the SCG Stadium Saturday May 21st. Sukhothai have risen to fourth place in the table, and are 6 points behind SCG Muangthong United, the league leaders.