SCG Muangthong United, struggling with form, squeaked out a win over 10th place Bec-Tero Sasana F.C. The result keeps the Kirin in 2nd place and within striking distance of league leaders Buriram United, whom Muangthong United will play July 9th at the SCG Stadium.
The Kirin line up consisted of many recent signings and reserve players. Only three of the starting XI were regular features from the first half of the season that saw the Kirin top of the league from day one. Theerathon and Tristan Do were both suspended for the match, and striker Teerasil Dangda still injured.
With the midfield missing Chanathip after his move to the J-League, Coach Tochtawan started new signings Heberty Fernandes, Leandro Assumpcao, Charyl Chappuis, and Thossawat Limwannasathian.
The line up was ronuded out by Mongkol, Adisak, Peerapat, and Adison. That left the three core members: Kawin, Celio Santos, and Naoaki Aoyama.
The Kirin were to take the lead at the 25th minute after Heberty's fantastic effort chasing the ball to the touch line set up Leandro Assumpcao's strike. Yet Bec-Tero equalized just 3 minutes later, after Kawin saved an initial strike at close range, but the rebound landed to the unmarked Weerawut for the easy goal.
SCG Muangthong United pressed hard to go ahead before half time, and twice attempts went off the left post.
The second half continued very much as the first, with the Kirin dominating most of the play, and coming close on several occasions. At the 60th minute Heberty's free kick was off the cross bar. Again, at the 74th minute, his free kick was off the crossbar, and the Bec-Tero keeper once again had the wood work to thank.
With 13 minutes left Wattana was brought into the match for the bandaged Adisorn, as well as Pitakpong for Mongkol.
It seemed as if the match was destined for a draw, however at the 92nd minute.\, Heberty Fernandes, who had struck the wood work twice, set up the winning goal, feeding a perfect through pass for Peerapat to run on to for the goal.
SCG Muangthong United play next on Wednesday when 5th place Chonburi F.C. visit.
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