Pattaya United returned to Thai Premier League action last weekend with a home match against Insee Police United at a rain swept Nongprue stadium in Pattaya.
The Dolphins got off to the worst possible start however as they conceded a goal to the visitors in just the 12th minute of the game. The United defence gifted far too much time on the ball to Police midfielder Assaming Mae and he made them pay by drilling a low shot from the edge of the area that found its way into the back of the net under the dive of goalkeeper Narit.
Sompob Nilwong celebrates scoring United’s equalizer against Police FC at the Nongprue Stadium in Pattaya, Saturday, July 7. (Photo/Pattaya United)
Things looked even bleaker for the home team when Seeket Madputeh was sent off in the 76th minute for an alleged punch on Leandro Dos Santos, but the 10 men of Pattaya rallied and rescued a valuable point when defender Sompob Nilwong rose at a corner kick to head past the Police goalkeeper with just 7 minutes left in the match.
The point sees United remain in the top half of the table but with a host of teams breathing down their neck and ready to pounce if United slip up. The Dolphins next two matches are away from home with a trip to Chiangrai United on July 18, followed by a game against TTM Chiangmai on July 22.
Thai Premier League Standings July 8
|Muang Thong United||15||10||5||0||18||35|
|BEC Tero Sasana||15||8||3||4||5||27|
|Results: (Sat 07/07/12) Thai Port 0 v 0 Osotspa, Chainat 1 v 1 Esan United, TTM Chiangmai 0 v 1 Chonburi, BEC Tero Sasana 0 v 0 Army United, Pattaya United 1 v 1 Police United, Chiangrai United 1 v 1 Muang Thong United, (Sun 08/07/12) Samut Songkhram 4 v 4 Wuachon United, TOT 0 v 1 Buriram United, Bangkok Glass 5 v 2 BBCU.|