Pattaya United’s ‘Junior Dolphins’ U 19 team took on young ‘Lions’ of Thai Port Authority at the Pat Stadium on December 2 in a warm-up game ahead of the upcoming FA Youth Cup 2010–2011 which kicks off in mid-December. As the match was a friendly at junior level it was divided into three periods of 30 minutes each.
During the first period the game was controlled by Thai Port Authority who created the majority of the chances while United were left to try and hit their opponents on the counter attack. The pressure by the home team eventually told as they took the lead in the 7th minute, capitalizing on a mix up in the Pattaya defence.
Pattaya United U-19’s (red shirts) take on Thai Port Authority U-19’s at the Pat Stadium in Bangkok on Thursday, Dec. 2.
United made some changes for the second period, bringing on most of their first choice U-19 line up and the substitutions seemed to do the trick as they equalized in the 42nd minute when Siriwat Luenklang latched onto a cross from Tassanapong Muadarat to head the ball past the Thai Port keeper and level the scores up at 1-1.
Just 3 minutes later United almost took the lead for the first time in the match but Muadarat’s free kick flew just the wrong side of the woodwork with the keeper well beaten.
In the final period of play United sent in Panya Aranphuwanart to partner Muadarat in midfield and the Dolphins began to take control of the match. It came as no surprise when they scored a winning goal as Nopparat U-raikae ran onto Muadarat precision through ball to fire a fierce right foot shot into the Thai Port goal. The final whistle sounded soon after to signal a morale boosting come from behind 2-1 victory for the United juniors.