SCG Muangthong United emerged 4-1 winners over Chonburi F.C. at the SCG Stadium.
The Kirin were looking to come back with a bang after the extended break from league action. It was time to see whether or not four weeks of hard work with the club’s coaching staff would pay off on the pitch when they took on Chonburi at the SCG Stadium.
Coach Curcic shuffled the pack once again, deploying a diamond midfield featuring Adisak Kraisorn, who had returned from a long-term injury to partner Jaja Coelho up top, with Tristan returning to his natural position at right-back.
Chonburi lined up conservatively, often falling back quickly when losing the ball and surrendering territorial superiority to the home side. Brazilian forward Heberty Fernandes benefitted from an added freedom to roam played a key role in an attack that almost saw the Kirin take the lead in the eighth minute.
A wet pitch prevented both teams from fully finding their feet in the match, and neither side was able to fully exert dominance over the midfield. Muangthong’s numerical supremacy in key areas didn’t amount to much in the opening minutes.
However, the visitors would open the scoring against the run of play when a free-kick from Thai U23 star Worachit Kanitsribampen found it’s way past Kampon Pathom-attakul and into the net.
The Kirin didn’t take long to hit back, and found their equalizing goal courtesy of an excellent long-shot from Charyl Chappuis which sailed into the bottom corner, sending the home crowd into a frenzy with just under a quarter the game played so far.
A forced injury break on the half-hour mark gave both sides a breather, and the waterlogged pitch had done plenty of the defensive dirty-work for both sides thus far. The hosts had to defend three consecutive Chonburi corners in the 35th minute, with Worachit’s excellent technical ability proving problematic for the Kirin defense.
Chonburi’s number 8 came close to adding a second goal to his name when a powerful effort struck the bar, with his movement and vision keeping Muangthong’s defense on their toes. Despite their early dominance, the Kirin were scrambling to hold on as the visitors pushed for a goal heading into the final five minutes of the first half.
The tide shifted once again going into the second half, as SCG Muangthong United found themselves once again on the front foot. Jaja Coelho was denied twice by astute last-ditch defending from Chonburi, and a Sarach volley from range forced an excellent save from young goalkeeper Chakhon Philakhlang.
Muangthong looked to force the issue when a Heberty free-kick struct the post in the 56th minute, which did enough to rile up the crowd as they were continuously pelted with rain.
Adisak Kraisorn was withdrawn on the hour mark to be replaced by Adisorn Promrak, who slotted in at right-back as Tristan Do was given the license to wander forward as the side searched for the winning goal. Chonburi fell into a low-block as the Kirin probed for openings.
Their chance finally came when drilled cross from Tristan escaped the clutches of Chakhon and found its way to the feet of Jaja, who was on hand to slide in and apply the finishing touch with just over 20 minutes remaining.
The hosts then moved to effectively sure up the victory moments later, when Heberty struck in the 72nd minute to put the result beyond doubt and bring the Kirin back to their winning ways one again.
Brazilian forward Jaja would add a fourth in the dying minutes, and the team received a standing ovation at the final whistle for their efforts. Despite the downpour, a composed, profession and clinical performance from the home side was enough to secure all three points ahead of what could be a new dawn for the Kirin this season.
SCG Muangthong United have a couple days rest and play again this Saturday, away at Police Tero F.C., and then away at Ratchaburi F.C. The next home match will be September 16th vs. Buriram United.