With THE SCG STADIUM packed full, the 14,000+ fans on hand were treated to a thrilling thumping as SCG Muangthong United defeted their rivals and league leaders Buriram United 3-1.
The tone of the match was set early with the Kirin creating chances deep in the Buriram end. Derley sprung at a poor defensive pass to charge at the net, forcing the save.
Then, at just the fourth minute, defender Oh Ban Suk nodded at Heberty's corner kick to score his first goal since joining the Kirin.
A few moments later, Derley capped off a a fine display of skill from Suphanan. The right wing-back took the long ball from Wattana out of the air, tapped it past the defender, and fed a pass in front of goal for Derley.
With the Kirin leading 2-0 after just ten minutes of play Buriram looked to find a response. Muangthong however did not give any time or space and were often able to strip the ball off the Buriram attack, or intercept crosses and swing the play in the other direction.
The Kirin had several chances to make it 3-0 in the first half, with Sanukran, Derley, and Heberty all providing shots. Meanwhile Buriram United players picked up two yellow cards in the half as their tackles tried to slow Muangthong's pace.
The second half began as the first, with Muangthong United scoring within the first few minutes. Derley lofted a pass forward to Heberty inside the box. Controlling the ball onto his left foot, Heberty found space to slot in the goal from close range.
Buriram United began to apply better pressure in the Kirin half looking to get onto the scoresheet. Muangthong keeper Dang Van Lam had perhaps his best match of the season so far, with excellent presence in the box, punching away crosses and taking control of the area.
Buriram United's youngster Supachai Jaided was able to get a head to one volley that looked bound for goal, however Van Lam was able to lunge over and slow the ball at the line, and then left back Daisuke Sato was there to clear it away.
Denied again, Buriram United continued to look for chances but centre backs Oh Ban Suk and Adisorn Pomrak were solid, with good support from the wing backs and midfielders Wattana and Sarach defending deep.
Coach Alexandre Gama substituted in Saringkan, and then Patcharapol as the match entered the 70th minutes, and then to the delight of fans Teerasil Dangda had his return to action following a long spell of injury recovery.
The Thai international legend showed the speed and hunger for goals he is known for, creating chances
including a free kick at the edge of the Buriram box that almost saw Heberty score a second.
Yet Buriram were able to steal one back at the 94th minute to spoil the clean sheet, but it was a case of too little too late, and the Kirin secured an important and meaningful 3 points.
Said Coach Gama, "We started this game at a fast pace and motivated to win, and we controlled the whole game, this was almost a perfect game."