Buriram go five points clear thanks to late Supachok winner – Matchday 18 Recap

Buriram United climbed five points clear at the top of the Thai League table on Sunday evening, as Supachok Sarachart scored the only goal of their clash against second placed Bangkok United in the dying minutes.

Masatada Ishii continued his perfect start to life as Buriram United coach, having previously won his first three games across three different competitions. The fixture against second-placed Bangkok United was likely marked on his calendar weeks in advance as a key hurdle to jump in the race for the Thai League title.

As expected, it was a tight game of few chances, with neither team willing to risk giving the other all three points. Totchtawan Sripan’s 4-4-2 diamond managed to control the midfield, locking out the hosts and limiting them to just two shots on target all game. However, the second of those proved to be vital, as Supachok Sarachart arrived at the edge of the box in time to get on the end of a loose ball and send a first-time finish into the bottom corner. The celebrations which erupted in the Chang Arena say everything about how important this win is for the league leaders and now clear title favourites.

Meanwhile, Chonburi FC stayed within touching distance of the top two thanks to their 2-0 home win over Khon Kaen United. Thanapol Srithong thought he opened the scoring for the visitors when Yashir Islame charged down and won the ball off goalkeeper Chanin Sae-Ear after just six minutes, but the goal was ruled out for a foul.

Instead it was Yoo Byung-Soo who broke the deadlock, once again assisted by Brunei international Faiq Bolkiah. The Sharks’ opener set the tone for the rest of the game, and was eventually doubled by Phitak Phimpae in stoppage time.

Despite the departure of head coach Dusit Chalermsan, it was more of the same for BG Pathum on Saturday night as they were held to another draw, this time by Nongbua Pitchaya. Samut Prakan City’s match against Police Tero ended with the same scoreline, meaning that the Sea Fang now hover above the relegation zone on mere goal difference.

Two rescheduled Thai League matches are set to take place tomorrow; Chiangrai United’s visit to Nakhon Ratchasima from Matchday 16, and Muangthong’s trip to Ratchaburi from the most recent weekend. The sides sit in 6th and 7th respectively, and will be hoping to gain ground on the top four.

Chiangrai faced an enterprising Prachuap FC in desperate need of points, and managed to emerge with a 3-1 goal thanks to a goal from Getterson and brace from Akarawin Sawasdee. Meanwhile, Korat fought back from two goals down to earn a point against bottom side Chiangmai United.

gianchansrichawla

Thai League fan and writer. Editor at Football Tribe Asia. University student.

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