Junior brace steers Dolphins to three in a row

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Pattaya United recorded their third straight Premier League victory last Sunday, the 3-1 win away at struggling Chainat FC seeing the Dolphins climb to twelfth place in the standings on eleven points, having been rooted to the foot of the table only a few short weeks ago.

A first half double by Brazilian import Junior Negrao, with goals in the sixth minute and first-half injury time saw United take a commanding lead into the break and the points were all but sealed by Soony Saad’s strike in the 73rd minute.

Pattaya United’s Soony Saad (bottom) attempts to tackle Chainat FC’s Jitpanya Tisut during the first half of their Thai Premier League game at the Khao Plong Stadium in Chainat, Sunday, May 1. (Photo courtesy Chainat FC)

The Dolphins were unable to keep a clean sheet however as Narutchai Nimboon pulled a consolation goal back for Chianat in the closing minutes of the game.

Pattaya United’s next league fixture is a home game against Osotspa FC at the Nongprue Stadium in Pattaya on Sunday, May 8.  Kick-off is at 8 p.m.

Meanwhile in the lower leagues, Pattaya FC lost 5-2 to FC Bundit and Pattaya City FC were 2-1 winners away at Nonthaburi.