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SOLID IN THE BACK: Kirin have third clean sheet in 1-0 away victory


SCG Muangthong United secured another three points, with their third win, and third clean sheet, in the third mach of the 2017 Thai League season.

The Kirin's head coach Totchtawan Sripan, started a weaker team for the match with Police Tero, needing to rest a few players considering the upcoming AFC Champion's League clash with Kashima Antlers. Xisco, Peerapat, Wattana, and Adisorn in the substitute lineup, however Teerasil, Chanathip, Theerathon, and Tristan Do all started. Adisak Kraisorn received his first start of the season, as did Ratchapol and Mongkol.

The Kirin started strong and dominated possession well into the first half, forcing Police Tero into a defensive game. Teerasil was in excellent form, forcing many turn overs or earning free kicks as defenders struggled to contain him.

Police Tero were to generate some chances, feeding the ball long to Michael N'Dri, who often tussled with Celio Santos. N'Dri had a good chance at the 24th minute but his attempted volley was well over the bar.

Muangthong however were not able to get a shot on target in the first half as the Tero defense displayed tight marking. A case in point was an arching corner kick at the 38th minute. Teerasil was able to get his head to the ball, but the Tero right back made it difficult, and the attempt was into the side netting.

The second half saw both teams step up the pace, and it was the Kirin with the first good chance when at the 50th minute an attempt went off a defender and over the crossbar.

Without a goal yet being scored Xisco entered the game at the 58th minute. Barely a minute later the Kirin scored, and it was Adisak Kraisorn who headed in the cross for his first of the season. The build up to the goal started with Teerasil, who carried the ball forward to the Police Tero defenders, and then laid out a pass to Theerathon on the left. Theerathon then lifted a cross into the six yard box, and Adisak was there to run onto it with the header.

Coach Totchtawan, perhaps sensing the need for a second goal or to hold onto the 1-0 lead, continued with the substitutions, bringing in Wattana in the midfield, and then Peerapat by the 78th minute.

Police Tero had the better share of possession for the last 25 minutes of the match, and the Kirin had all players back defending to hold off the late charge. At the final whistle SCG Muangthong United had their third league win in their third game, and their third clean sheet of the season.

The Kirin will have just a two day rest before Tuesday's AFC Champions League clash with the J-League's top team, Kashima Antlers.


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