Dolphins seal victory with last minute goal

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Thai Premier League 2011/12 Season

Pattaya United left it late last Saturday to grab all three points against a spirited Army United in the Dolphins’ penultimate match of the current league campaign.

United fans were kept waiting until the final minute of injury time before Patipon Petwiset nodded the ball past a helpless Army keeper to consolidate Pattaya’s hold on fifth spot in the table.

Pattaya found it difficult to find any cohesion in the match and the first half went by without them posing a single serious attempt on the visitors’ goal, while Army looked good in possession but lacked a cutting edge up front.

Pattaya United’s O.J. Obatola (right) carries the ball downfield against Army United at the Nongprue Stadium, Pattaya, Saturday, Dec. 24. (Photo/Martin Bilsborrow)Pattaya United’s O.J. Obatola (right) carries the ball downfield against Army United at the Nongprue Stadium, Pattaya, Saturday, Dec. 24. (Photo/Martin Bilsborrow)

The Dolphins rang the changes at half time and introduced Kritsana Taiwan in place of the ineffective Theerawekin Sihawong.  The pattern of the game was much the same as the first period however and the home side were made to breathe a mighty sigh of relief when Army’s Kraisorn Sriyan burst through the Pattaya defence late on but saw his low shot rebound off the foot of the post into the grateful arms of Pattaya keeper Narit.

It was a tough blow for the visitors but they were made to pay for the their missed chances when Pattaya broke forward in the second minute of injury time and Ludovick fed the ball into the area where Petwiset was first to react and head the ball through the hands of the goalkeeper to steal victory at the death.

United can count themselves fortunate to have garnered a win from what was for them a rather lackluster performance, but the three points means that they cannot now be overtaken by sixth placed BEC Tero while Osotspa and Police United need to win both their games in hand to have any chance of overhauling the Dolphins.

United fans watch the action from the club’s new main stand at the Nongprue Stadium. (Photo/Martin Bilsborrow)United fans watch the action from the club’s new main stand at the Nongprue Stadium. (Photo/Martin Bilsborrow)

United’s final fixture of the season will take place on Saturday, January 7 at the Nongprue Stadium in Pattaya against Muang Thong United.  Kick-off at 6 p.m.

Muang Thong lost ground in the chase for second place in the league after they went down 2-1 at home against league rivals Chonburi FC.  At the opposite end of the table, Sriracha look almost certainly doomed for the drop while Siam Navy will give themselves a good chance of avoiding relegation if they can win their final two games of the season.

Thai Premier League Standings Dec. 25

Pos Team P W D L +/- Pts.
1 Buriram PEA 32 25 6 1 48 81
2 Chonburi 33 19 9 5 29 66
3 Muang Thong United 31 17 8 6 24 59
4 Bangkok Glass 32 14 8 10 13 50
5 Pattaya United 33 13 11 9 10 50
6 BEC Tero Sasana 33 13 6 14 5 45
7 Osotspa 31 10 14 7 10 44
8 Thai Port 32 12 8 12 -2 44
9 Police United 31 11 10 10 -1 43
10 Chiangrai United 33 11 10 12 -5 43
11 TTM Phichit 32 11 7 14 -14 40
12 Sisaket 32 9 12 11 -3 39
13 Army United 32 9 9 14 0 36
14 Siam Navy 32 9 5 18 -22 32
15 Samut Songkhram 30 7 10 13 -15 31
16 TOT 31 9 3 19 -28 30
17 Khonkaen 33 6 8 19 -35 26
18 Sriracha 31 5 10 16 -14 25
Results:  (Sat. 24/12):  Thai Port 3 v 1 Police United; Pattaya United 1 v 0 Army United; Bangkok Glass 4 v 0 Khonkaen. (Sun. 25/12) Muang Thong United 1 v 2 Chonburi; Siam Navy PSTP Samut Songkhram; Osotspa 1 v 1 BEC Tero Sasana; TOT 1 v 1 Chiangrai United; Buriram PEA 2 v 1 Sisaket; TTM Phichit 2 v 2 Sriracha