‘Dolphins’ downed as Osotspa stage second half fight back

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Pattaya United’s first home game of the 2013 Toyota Thai Premier League season ended in disappointed for ‘Dolphin’ supporters as a strong Osotspa M-150 team overturned a half-time deficit to record a 2-1 victory at Pattaya’s Nongprue Stadium on Sunday, March 10.

It all started so well for United who, buoyed by their win on the opening day of the season, and playing in front of their own fans for the first time this year, took the lead on the stroke of half–time when Anuwat Inyin fired an unstoppable shot from the edge of the Osotspa area into the roof of the visitors’ net.

Osotspa had spurned chances of their own in the first half and as the second period got underway they seemed determined to be not so profligate in front of goal.

Pattaya United’s Anuwat Inyin (right) dribbles past Osotspa defenders during the second half of the Thai Premier League match at the Nongprue Stadium, Sunday, March 10.Pattaya United’s Anuwat Inyin (right) dribbles past Osotspa defenders during the second half of the Thai Premier League match at the Nongprue Stadium, Sunday, March 10.

Barely seven minutes had elapsed in the second half when Osotspa drew level through the second superb strike of the match.  Suradej Thongchai picked the ball up 20 yards out from the Pattaya goal and unleashed a thunderbolt that flew past United keeper past Bong-jun.

Worse was to come for United just 5 minute later as they failed twice to clear the danger from their own penalty area and Namibian striker Tangeni Shipahu slipped the ball past Bong-jun to seal all three points for the visitors.

At other grounds around the country, Chonburi secured a 1-0 home win over Army to remain unbeaten after two games while defending champions Muang Thong United maintained their 100% start to the season with a 2-1 away win at Esan United.

Pattaya United will return to Premier League action on Wednesday, March 27 with an away fixture at BEC Tero Sasana in Bangkok, followed by a home match on Sunday, March 31 against Army United.

Thai Premier League Standings March 10 (week 2)
Team P W D L +/- Pts.
Muang Thong United 2 2 0 0 2 6
TOT 2 1 1 0 2 4
Buriram United 2 1 1 0 2 4
Chainat 2 1 1 0 2 4
BEC Tero Sasana 2 1 1 0 1 4
Chonburi 2 1 1 0 1 4
Osotspa 2 1 1 0 1 4
Police United 2 1 1 0 1 4
Suphanburi 2 1 1 0 1 4
Pattaya United 2 1 0 1 1 3
Songkhla United 2 1 0 1 -1 3
Bangkok United 2 0 1 1 -1 1
Esan United 2 0 1 1 -1 1
Ratchaburi 2 0 1 1 -1 1
Samut Songkhram 2 0 1 1 -2 1
Army United 2 0 0 2 -2 0
Chiangrai United 2 0 0 2 -3 0
Bangkok Glass 2 0 0 2 -3 0
Results:  Esan United 1 – 2 Muang Thong United, Chainat 2 – 0 Songkhla United, Buriram United 2 – 0 Bangkok Glass, Suphanburi 1 – 0 Chiangrai United, TOT 1 – 1 Police United, Bangkok United 1 – 1 Samut Songkhram, Pattaya United 1 – 2 Osotspa, Ratchaburi 0 – 1 BEC Tero Sasana, Chonburi 1 – 0 Army United