Chonburi 1-2 Samut Songkhram
Samut Songkhram upset the apple cart as their surprise 2-1 victory inflicted Chonburi’s first home defeat of the season.
Pipob nodded the Blue Sharks infront after 10 minutes after he latched onto a cross from the left that had been headed back across goal by Diakite. Replays show that the Chonburi striker was a yard offside as he netted.
After the goal, it looked like it would be a routine victory for the title challengers, but they were dealt a body blow on the half hour mark as Chonburi’s covering right back, Kushida, was easily brushed off the ball by Zezinando, and the Portuguese man cut back for Decha to level matters.
Chonburi’s early zest was waring off, and shortly before the break, the Mae Klong side stunned the home support as Narat went alone to give the relegation threatened side a 2-1 half time lead.
Ten minutes after the break, Samut Songkram were reduced to 10 men after Lee Han Kuk was shown two yellow cards within the space of a few seconds. The first was for back heeling the ball away after a free kick had been awarded to Chonburi and the second was for a light push on the ref. Both very soft, but under the letter of the law, the Korean should really have had no complaints.
Despite the man advantage, Chonburi never forced Puthasas into a save although Diakite and Pipob (twice) went close with glancing headers as the away side defended resolutely.
It was a precious win for Samut Songkhram and if they keep playing like this they should avoid the drop.
For Chonburi fans, it was a frustrating evening as they wasted a golden opportunity to close the gap on TPL leaders Muangthong United.