Ludovick strikes again as United defeat Army

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Thai Premier League Football 2012 Season

Pattaya United continue to climb the Thai Premier League standings after they recorded a 2-1 home victory of Army United at the Nongprue Stadium in Pattaya last Saturday, Sept. 8.

The Dolphins took a first half lead through goal hero Ludovick Takam who played a clever exchange of passes with Korean midfielder Kim Do-Yeon to break through the Army defence before smashing the ball into the roof of the net with an emphatic finish.

Pattaya United striker Ludovick Takam, front right, fires the ball past Army’s Argentine defender Daniel Blanco during their Thai Premier League football match at the Nongprue Stadium in Pattaya, Saturday, Sept. 8. (Photo/Pattaya United) Pattaya United striker Ludovick Takam, front right, fires the ball past Army’s Argentine defender Daniel Blanco during their Thai Premier League football match at the Nongprue Stadium in Pattaya, Saturday, Sept. 8. (Photo/Pattaya United)

Following some sustained pressure at the start of the second half, the visitors managed to draw level thanks to a 20-yard blockbuster strike from Jakkrapong Somboon which gave Narit in the Pattaya goal no chance.

When Pattaya’s Rangsarit Sutthisa was dismissed from the field for foolishly kicking out at an opponent, it seemed that it was going to end in another day of disappointment for Dolphin supporters, however the home team recovered from the setback to force their numerically superior opponents onto the back foot and indeed, it was Pattaya who would go on to get the winning goal, a tap in from Ludovick at the far post to give the striker his second double goal return in 2 matches.

Tempers began to fray in the visitors’ ranks and the sides were evened up when Army’ Pavarit Sansook received his marching orders from the referee late in the game.  Pattaya were dominant by this stage though and could have gone on to win by a larger margin were it not for some smart saves by Hembut in the Army goal.

United’s win sees them move up to 11th place in the league standings but with still a game in hand on all their nearest rivals.  The Dolphins’ next match is this coming Saturday, Sept. 15, away at Osotspa M150 in Saraburi.

At the top of the table things remain unchanged although Chonburi consolidated their hold on second position after a convincing 4-2 home win over third placed Buriram United.

Team P W D L +/- Pts
Muang Thong United 26 19 7 0 33 64
Chonburi 26 16 6 4 24 54
Buriram United 26 12 10 4 20 46
BEC Tero Sasana 26 12 6 8 2 42
Bangkok Glass 26 9 11 6 14 38
Army United 26 9 11 6 2 38
Esan United 26 8 12 6 1 36
Osotspa 26 10 4 12 2 34
TOT 26 7 10 9 -2 31
Chiangrai United 26 7 10 9 -7 31
Pattaya United 25 7 9 9 -4 30
Wuachon United 26 6 12 8 -5 30
Samut Songkhram 26 8 6 12 -7 30
Chainat 26 5 11 10 -15 26
Police United 25 5 9 11 -8 24
Thai Port 26 5 9 12 -18 24
BBCU 26 4 10 12 -15 22
TTM Chiangmai 26 2 11 13 -17 17
Results:  (Sat 08/09) Thai Port 0 – 0 Bangkok Glass; Pattaya United 2 – 1 Army United; BEC Tero Sasana 4 – 2 Chainat; Chonburi 4 – 2 Buriram United; Police United 1 – 0 Osotspa; (Sun 09/09) TTM Chiangmai 0 – 0 Esan United; Samut Songkhram 4 – 0 TOT; Muang Thong United 2 – 0 Wuachon United; Chiangrai United 2 – 0 BBCU