By Gabriel TanFollow @@gabetan13
Just four days after their recorded an impressive 2-2 draw against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in the AFC Champions League, the Twin Qilins got off to a flying start at the SCG Stadium after Teerasil Dangda fired them ahead in the fourth minute, sublimely controlling a left-wing cross before firing into the bottom corner.
Ivorian midfielder Dagno Siaka then made it 2-0 six minutes before the break when he latched onto a neat through-pass by Datsakorn Thonglao and coolly slotted home, and Muangthong looked on track for a comfortable win.
However, Tatree Seeha pulled one back for Army in the 73rd minute when he converted a rebound from close range, but Slavisa Jokanovic's charges ultimately held out for all three points to start the new season in perfect fashion.
Over at the 72-years Anniversary Stadium, Chonburi came from two goals down to hold BEC Tero Sasana to a 2-2 draw.
In a flying start to the game, BEC Tero opened the scoring in the second minute through a clinical strike by Amorn Tammanam, before a comical error from opposition goalkeeper Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool six minutes later saw him race out of his box and miskick a clearance straight to Cleiton Silva, who proceeded to send a 35-yard strike into the unguarded net.
However, Indonesia international Irfan Bachdim, making his Sharks debut, pulled one back in the 19th minute when he poked home a Therdsak Chaiman cross at the far post, before Ivan Boskovic found space inside the area and fired into the roof of the net to cap off a remarkable comeback a minute from time.
To add insult to injury, the Fire Dragons were reduced to ten men in injury-time when Arzu received his marching orders.
Elsewhere, Daniel Lins Cortes scored the only goal of the game in the 9th minute to hand Police United a 1-0 win over newly-promoted Bangkok United, while Osotspa Saraburi and Ratchaburi played out a 0-0 draw at the Saraburi Stadium.
Finally, Pattaya United got their season up and running with an impressive 2-0 away triumph over Samut Songkhram.
Botawee Jeerabunnagit opened the scoring for the Dolphins in the 39th minute, before South Korean striker Jung Ji-soo wrapped things up with a second two minutes from time.
Saturday's Thai Premier League Results
BEC Tero Sasana 2-2 Chonburi
Osotspa Saraburi 0-0 Ratchaburi
Samut Songkhram 0-2 Pattaya United
Muangthong United 2-1 Army United
Police United 1-0 Bangkok United