First up was an away trip to local rivals Chonburi Sharks on the evening of May 30. The game remained goalless at half time with United close to opening the scoring through a fine strike from Obatola that was tipped away spectacularly by the Sharks’ keeper Sinthaweechai, while at the other end Chonburi’s Panuwat headed straight at Narit when a left wing cross found him in acres of space.
The breakthrough came for the hosts in the 64th minute when Pipob On-mo connected with a flashing header to give Chonburi the lead and this soon became 2-0 when Chaiman converted from the penalty spot after United’s Duangpimy was harshly judged to have fouled Samana in the area.
United managed to pull a goal back in the last minute of injury time through Aphisit Kamwang but it was too little too late to salvage anything from the game.
The Dolphins faced an even sterner test last Sunday as they took on unbeaten league leaders Muang Thong at a packed Nongprue Stadium in Pattaya.
Pattaya United’s Adisak Hantet, right, skips a challenge from Chonburi FC’s Putthinan Wannasri at the Chonburi Municipal Stadium, Wednesday, May 30. (Photo/Pattaya United)
The visitors scored the only goal of the game in the first half when their Macedonian midfielder Mario Djurovski cheekily lifted the ball over the Pattaya wall in the 39th minute to give the Kirins the lead.
Pattaya laid siege to the Muang Thong goal for long periods of the second half but were unable to find a way through. The closest the Dolphins came to leveling was a pile-driver free kick from club captain Niweat Siriwong that rebounded to safety off the visitors’ cross bar.
Dolphin’s defender Marián Juhás, left, wins the ball against Muang Thong United players at the Nongprue Stadium in Pattaya, Sunday, June 3. (Photo/Pattaya United)
In the dying moments of the match, Djurovski had a golden opportunity to seal the points for Muang Thong but he saw his chip over Narit also come back off the woodwork. It hardly mattered however as the referee’s whistle blew soon after for full time.
Pattaya United’s next fixture is a Toyota Cup match on Saturday, June 9 away at Prachuap FC while the Dolphins return to league action on June 13 with a daunting trip to Buriram to take on the defending champions.
Thai Premier League Standings June 3
|Muang Thong United||13||9||4||0||16||31|
|BEC Tero Sasana||12||7||1||4||4||22|
|Results: (Sat 02/06) Thai Port 0 - 1 Esan United; Chainat 0 - 3 Buriram United; Bangkok Glass 0 - 0 TOT; BEC Tero Sasana 1 - 1 BBCU; (Sun 03/06) Samut Songkhram 1 - 0 Osotspa; Chiangrai United 1 - 1 Wuachon United; Police United 1 - 2 Chonburi; Pattaya United 0 - 1 Muang Thong United; TTM Chiangmai P - P Army United|