SCG Muangthong United seize 3 points with a 3-0 payback victory over Chainat FC at the SCG Stadium, Wednesday July 31st. The mid-week win follows Sunday's victory, but the Kirin have no time to rest, with their next match looming on Saturday.
With three games in seven days, Coach Gama rotated the starting XI, giving a rest to Suphanan, and moving into the line up Suporn and Ernesto in their places, and Saringkan for Charyl. As well, Aung Thu was given the start up top alongside Derley. Sarach Yooyen, who only played about 3o minutes last match, and Adisorn, returned to the lineup. Otherwise core first team starters remained: Dang Van Lam, Heberty, Oh Ban Suk, Bruno Gallo.
Heberty Fernandes scored twice for the Kirin in both the first and last minutes. Just 45 seconds into the match he lobbed the ball over the keeper after Aung Thu fed him the pass from the midfield.
Then in the final minute of added time Heberty scored, carrying the ball to the right of goal, cutting back towards the middle, and then sliding the shot low.
Muangthong United's second goal came soon into the second half, after keeper Dang Van Lam scooped in the corner kick and released a long throw to the half way line. Heberty Fernandes took the pass and charged for goal, but at the last moment slid the pass over to Aung Thu who had kept pace, and had the easy tap in.
Chainat FC dominated large portions of the match, but the Kirin defence, and Dang Van Lam, were solid. Forward Ricado Santos had a solid header attempt that Lam had to punch clear of net.
Shortly after Filipino international Michael Tull fired off a hard shot along the turf, but once again Lam was there to smother the attempt.
Said Coach Alexandra Gama, "This was an important win for us. Chainat are a good team, they played very compact and it was hard for us, but in the end we got the goals we needed."
With the win, the Kirin move to sixth place and continue the upward climb. This Saturday August 3rd, they'll have another chance when Nakhonratchasima FC visit the SCG Stadium, kickoff at 7PM.