Trat FC and Nakhon Ratchasima had their woes compounded on Sunday night as both surrendered three valuable points, while Prachuap were able to lift themselves out of the relegation zone with a win over Chonburi
All eyes were on the bottom of the table on Sunday evening, as Nakhon Ratchasima, Trat FC and Prachuap FC looked to pick up their first post-lockdown points and lift themselves from the drop zone.
Korat played their first game at the newly renovated 80th Birthday Stadium, but were unable to put on a show to mark the occasion. It took just 20 minutes for Chiangrai to break the deadlock, with Ekanit Panya making space on the left before picking out Bill Rosimar for a powerful header which found its way beyond goalkeeper Samuel Cunningham.
Chiangrai didn’t let up the pressure after taking the lead, as Masami Taki’s men committed forward and pinned Korat into their own defensive third. They doubled their lead when left-back Suriya Singmui was brought down in the box by Swatcats captain Chalermpong Kerdkaew, allowing Bill to add his second of the night from the resulting penalty kick.
Goals three and four came in the second half, with Akarawin Sawasdee getting on the end of Chotipat Poomkaew’s flick in the 56th minute, before Bill completed his hat-trick in stoppage time by capitalising on Cunningham’s error.
Trat were similarly frustrated by Sukhothai FC, who picked up their second consecutive win since the restart thanks to an early goal by Kabfah Boonmatoon. Striker Ibson Melo latched onto the end of a lofted through ball and bore down on goal, drawing out goalkeeper Todsaporn Srirueng before squaring it for the 33-year-old midfielder to score into an empty net.
These results will come as welcome news for Prachuap FC, who were able to lift themselves out of the drop zone with a 1-0 home victory over Chonburi FC. Willen Mota made the decisive contribution from the penalty spot after a rash challenge from Junior Lopes.
Lastly, Muangthong United played out a 0-0 draw with Samut Prakan City at the SCG Stadium, with both sides stuck in the bottom half of the table with this result.