Having lost 2-0 at home to Chainat the week prior to the New Year period, United seemed to carry a hangover from the festivities into their match against TOT in Chaeng Wattana, Bangkok last weekend.
Pattaya United’s O. J. Obatola slips away from the TOT defence during the second half of their Thai Premier League fixture in Bangkok, Sunday, April 22. (Photo/Ariyawat Nuamsawat – Pattaya United)
It all started so promisingly however as the Dolphins took the lead against the previously winless TOT when Paul Ekollo latched onto a through ball from Kim Do-Yeon in the 18th minute to break through the TOT back line and slot the ball past the advancing keeper to give Pattaya the lead.
The home side were level by half time however as Diego Walsh’s free kick was cruelly deflected off the Pattaya wall and left Preedaboon stranded in the United goal.
The home side took control in the second half and edged ahead when defensive midfielder Pichit Ketsro ghosted through the United defence to head home a cross from Nanthasri in the 67th minute.
United struggled manfully to get back on level terms but the TOT defence held firm and the hosts sealed all three points in the final minute of injury time when a thunderbolt left foot shot from Deeprom crashed into the net from an acute angle.
Pattaya will need to regroup from their Songkran slip-up to take on their next challenge, which is a home match against Esan United at the Nongprue Stadium in Pattaya this coming Sunday, April 29. Kick-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Thai Premier League Standings April 22
|Muang Thong United||6||3||3||0||6||12|
|BEC Tero Sasana||6||4||0||2||3||12|
|Results: (Sat 21/04/12) Thai Port 1 v 0 TTM Chiangmai; Osotspa 1 v 2 Wuachon United; BBCU 0 v 0 Chonburi; Esan United 1 v 1 Muang Thong United; BEC Tero Sasana 1 v 0 Samut Songkhram; (Sun 22/04/12) TOT 3 v 1 Pattaya United; Chainat 1 v 3 Police United; Bangkok Glass 4 v 1 Chiangrai United; Buriram United 1 v 1 Army United|