The Dolphins took the lead when Premwut Wongdee found space in the box to nod in a close range header from a corner kick in the first half, but Pattaya were given a reprieve soon after at the other end of the pitch as Air Force’s Nigerian midfielder Kouassi Yao Hermann saw his own header rebound off the Pattaya upright and out to safety.
Pattaya United are seen in action against Air Force United in the Toyota Cup, Wednesday, July 11, at the Thupatemee Stadium in Ragsit. (Photo/Pattaya United)
The visitors were able to double their advantage soon after the half-time break as Korean playmaker Kim Do-Yeon cut in from the left flank to fire a fierce shot past the Air Force keeper into the net.
Now with their tails up, the Dolphins piled on the pressure and shots rained down on the Air Force goal until eventually Pattaya sealed the game when Wasan Charam broke clear before turning the ball inside to O. J. Obatola, who made no mistake in steering his shot into the roof of the net.
With victory secured, Pattaya were guilty of a moment of complacency in defence as they allowed Air Force’s Tanat Juntaya to receive the ball unmarked at the far post and he cut inside before unleashing an unstoppable shot past United keeper Narit to finally give the home supporters something to cheer about.
Pattaya United were due to take on Chiang Rai United in the Thai Premier League this past Wednesday, July 18, and will stay in the north of Thailand for a fixture against bottom club TTM Chiang Mai this coming weekend.