SCG Muangthong United signal to the league and the rest of Thailand that they have the quality in a 5-0 domination of last year's FA Cup champs, Sukhothai F.C.
The Kirin completely controlled the match, with the Fire Bats desperate to contain the attack, earning 5 yellow cards.
Goals for the Kirin began with Xisco Jiminez, who tucked in a low cross from close range. Cleiton Silva, last season's top goal scorer, scored twice to signal he was also in fine form.
Sarach Yooyen scored with a nicely placed shot, and team captain Teerasil Dangda headed in the final goal at the 86th minute.
Said Teerasil after the match, "This is the first victory of the 2017 season, and a great way to start the new year, we thank the fans for the great cheering, and we will achieve even greater victories this season."
The Thai League 2017 season begins for the Kirin on February 11th with an away match at Bangkok Glass F.C. The pre-season preparations continue, with the ASEAN tour matches in Laos, and the Chaine New Year Challenge Cup in Hong Kong next week.