No Turkish delight for City


Bangkok Casuals Football League 2013

Pattaya City FC traveled to play Anatolia in Bangkok last weekend, having already lost 2-1 to the Turkish team earlier in the season, so City were out for revenge.

The game started well for the visitors and they took an early one-nil lead when center-forward Nop turned on a sixpence after being fed by Vorontsov to blast the ball past the diving Anatolia keeper.

Nop soon after returned the favour to Vorontsov with a clever through-ball but the latter scuffed his shot with just the keeper to beat.

It proved to be a costly miss as Anatolia finally woke up and began to exert some pressure of their own.  After their forward missed an open goal from eight yards out the warning signs were already there for City and it wasn’t long before the Turkish forward Freeboy ran through a static City defense to equalize and make it 1-1.

Against the run of play Vorontsov had a chance to restore City’s lead but was unlucky to see his shot strike the Anatolia woodwork and be cleared to safety.

The momentum was certainly with the home team by this stage and it was no surprise when they took the lead as Freeboy latched onto a wonderful defence splitting pass to lob the ball over the advancing City keeper.  Things got worse for City soon after as Anatolia extended their advantage through Tatissons to be leading 3-1 at the interval.

The home team carried the momentum into the second half and put the City defense under almost constant pressure.  City’s keeper pulled off a brilliant save to deny Freeboy his hat-trick but Anatolia continued pounding the City goal and eventually they got their reward when Dominik tapped home following some slick passing to make the score 4-1.

In the dying seconds of the match the home team were awarded a penalty kick after a City player handled the ball in his own area, but the Pattaya keeper pulled off a great save to keep the score at 4-1 to Anatolia at the final whistle.