Thai League 1: Bangkok Glass, Chonburi finally get first wins

Gabriel Tan Gabriel Tan

Bangkok Glass picked up their first win of the 2018 Thai League 1 campaign at the fourth time of asking on Sunday after beating Port 2-0.

Frederic Mendy got the Glass Rabbits on their way at the Leo Stadium in the third minute with his first goal for the club, finding a gap in the opposition defence and charging through before finishing into the bottom corner.

Just five minutes later, Mario Gjurovski capitalised on some hesitant defending to break free inside the box and lash a ferocious half-volley past Worawut Srisupha, which proved to be enough to seal the win for the hosts.

The result was all the more impressive considering Port had entered the weekend as one of just three teams still boasting a 100 per cent start to the season.

However, Sukhothai were able to join Buriram United at the top of the table with a fourth consecutive win as they triumphed 4-2 over Chainat Hornbill.

Although it was Chainat who took the lead courtesy of Anuwat Noicheunphan’s fifth-minute opener, Narongrit Boonsuk equalised for the hosts just before halftime.

Njiva Rakotoharimalala then put Sukhothai ahead seven minutes after the hour mark, before Nelson Bonilla extended their lead in the 82nd minute.

Bernard Doumbia did hand Chainat a lifeline in the 90th minute when he pulled one back but, in the third minute of injury-time, Rakotoharimalala notched his second of the evening to wrap up the win for Sukhothai.

Meanwhile, like Bangkok Glass, another of Thai football’s sleeping giants got up and running as Chonburi beat Suphanburi 1-0.

Following a goalless first half at the Suphanburi Provincial Stadium, Kroekrit Thaweekarn popped up to score in the 54th minute to hand the Sharks maximum points.

Over at the Mitr Phol Stadium, Bangkok United got back to winning ways as they defeated Ratchaburi Mitr Phol 2-1.

It was a dream start for the hosts as they took the lead inside the first minute when Pathomchai Sueasakul spotted opposition keeper Michael Falkesgaard off his line, and proceeded to send a stunning lob from the halfway line into the back of the net.

However, the visitors drew level in the 57th minute when Vander Luiz pounced on a loose ball inside the area and calmly stroked his shot into the back of the net.

And, ten minutes later, Bangkok United completed the turnaround when Teeratep Winothai played a clever reverse pass to release Sumanya Purisay, who advanced on goal before beating Kritsada Nonchai with a neat finish for his fourth goal in as many games.

Photo credit: Bangkok Glass FC