Buriram starlet Suphanat Mueanta announces arrival with brace

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15-year-old Suphanat Mueanta announced his arrival in Thai League 1 on Saturday with a double in Buriram United’s 5-0 win over Air Force Central.

Suphanat already had his name written in the record books last month when he became the youngest player to ever play in the Thai League, when he took to the field against Nakhon Ratchasima at the age of 15 years, eight months and 22 days.

Since then, the precocious talent has been a regular feature on the Buriram bench but came to the fore at the Chang Arena on Saturday evening.

The Thunder Castle were already leading 2-0 courtesy of goals from Jakkaphan Kaewprom and Korrakod Wiriyaudomsiri when Suphanat replaced Ekkaluck Thonghkit at halftime.

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Posted by BURIRAM UNITED on Saturday, 26 May 2018

Diogo added a third from the penalty spot ten minutes into the second half after being fouled inside the box by Watcharapong Kongchuai, before his teenage team-mate took over.

Suphanat had the ball in the back of the net on the hour mark when he volleyed home a sublime outside-of-the-foot cross by Diogo, although the strike was ruled out for offside.

But just five minutes later, the 15-year-old opened his account when he was left with a simple tap-in at the far post, after Diogo played a lovely one-two with Jakkaphan and slid a pass across the face of goal.

The Buriram youngster then spurned a glorious opportunity in the 81st minute when he could only fire over from six yards out, after being picked out by Korrakod’s left-wing delivery.

Nonetheless, with six minutes remaining, Suphanat ensured it would truly be a night to remember as he once again exhibited his predatory instincts, beating the offside trap to meet Diogo’s floated through-ball and nod past the onrushing Kritsakorn Kerdpol.

Other notable results from Saturday’s Thai League 1 matches saw Bangkok United stay two points behind leaders Buriram as they beat Chainat Hornbill 1-0, while a Heberty brace inspired Muangthong United to a 4-0 triumph over Pattaya United.