New Kirin Head Coach Radovan Curcic faced a difficult challenge for his debut match, playing the top team and the league's leading goal scorer on their home ground, while also missing several first string starting players. With such challenges, the fans understood and showed strong support, despite a 4-0 loss to Buriram United. Coach Curcic can put the game behind him now and focus on rebuilding, the job he was brought in to do just a few days ago.
It was the Kirin's first loss in 8 games, and came despite a strong effort and determination showed throughout.
With two foreign players, striker Jaja Coehlo and defender Celio Santos still missing from the line up, SCG Muangthong United were at least pleased to see the return of both Adison Pomrak and Wattana Playnum. As well, Prasit returned to the goal after missing the last match following a slight knock.
SCG Muangthong United looked the better team for the first 25 minutes of the game, keeping the ball in
Buriram's half and looking as if they might threaten with an early goal. Within the first 10 minutes it looked like this would materialize as Tristan Do was on the rebound of a shot by Sarach Yooyen, but his attempt rolled wide of the far post.
Yet Buriram's ONE-MAN-SHOW also looked threatening, and once again the league leading goal scorer showed us just how important he has been to Buriram's successes these past few seasons. Diogo Luís Santo, from Brazil, was unstoppable.
After almost scoring himself, at the 25th minute he then assisted on the opening goal, placing a cross perfectly onto the rushing Junsoo Yoo, the team's big South Korean. After this the match was all Diogo, as he scored on a free kick moments later. His driving shot was right at Prasit, but the shot was off his hands and continued into the net.
Diogo then struck again a few minutes after that, this time when the cross defended in front of him fell at his feet. A few steps to the left and Diogo's shot was off a defender's block and in.
With the barrage of goals and an assist all within about 10 minutes, the match was all but secured, and the Kirin ended the half three goals down.
SCG Muangthong United looked determined to come back, with an early second half shot by Siroch Chattong, though the ball was handled easily by Siwarak Tedsungnoen. At the 65th minute a nice bit of passing saw Sarach Yooyen through, but once again Siwarak was off his line to slide forward and block the attempt.
Coach Curcic was able to bring in U23 striker Chenrop Samphaodi shortly after. Though not fully recovered from injury, it was hoped the youngster would perhaps find his away through to pulling at least one goal back.
Buriram's fourth goal came in the last moments. Once again, Diogo Luís Santo was instrumental, as he rushed along the edge of the box, pulling a foul from Adisorn, setting up the free kick. The shot caught Prasit moving in the wrong direction, towards the wall, but the ball went the other way into the open corner.
Coach Curcic said after the match, "Although we played very well for the first 25 minutes, after that we could not recognize our players. There were many mistakes made, and we will use this game to analyze carefully, and as a way to improve."
The good news is Radovan Curcic now has some time to start stabilizing the team as the next match is more than a week away, on Sunday May 13th with Chainat F.C. visiting the SCG Stadium. It will be a chance for Adisorn and Wattana to get back into full form, and potentially fans mught see the return of at least one of the two missing foreign player starters.