Perfect Picha seals victory for Dolphins

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Pattaya United’s Pich U-Tra (right) fires in a shot on the Sisaket goal during the first half of their Thai Premier League game at the Sri Nakhon Lamduan Stadium in Sisaket, Sunday, July 9. (Photo/Pattaya United FC)
Pattaya United’s Pich U-Tra (right) fires in a shot on the Sisaket goal during the first half of their Thai Premier League game at the Sri Nakhon Lamduan Stadium in Sisaket, Sunday, July 9. (Photo/Pattaya United FC)

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Pattaya made the long journey to Sisaket last Sunday on the back of run that had seen the Dolphins unbeaten in their most recent 4 matches.  The midweek 9-2 victory against Super Power Samut had seen the Pattaya side start to climb away from the relegation zone.

The long journey to the “Dangerous Koupreys” was not going to be an easy one though as Sisaket had also seen an upturn in form as they themselves tried to force their way out of the basement area.

Pattaya were unable to field their first and second string goalkeepers as a result of injuries, so 37year old Thanongsak Panpipat was given his first game since arriving on loan from Super Power Samut.

The first half saw both sides start the game at a fast tempo.  Pattaya’s new found confidence has produced a team that is far more difficult to score against and with Wellington Priori now playing further up field, the Dolphins look far more dangerous in attack with more chances being created.

It was of no surprise in the 33ed minute when great work from Wellington carved open a chance for Picha U-Tra.  The young Thailand U23 striker was in no mood to be wasteful and his cleverly flicked finish sent Pattaya into the break with the cushion of a 1-0 lead.

The pace of the game continued after the interval with the home side searching for an equalizer.  Pattaya were not however in a generous mood and the home side’s attack was nullified by great defensive work.  When this was breached, Thanongsak in goal was making a fine debut and pulled off some important saves.

In the 58th minute the game was put out of Sisaket’s reach when good work by Milos Stojanovic created another opportunity for Pich U-Tra.  The popular youngster applied another great finish to get his, and Pattaya’s second of the night.

Picha is loved by the Dolphins fans as his work rate is first class.  His confidence is growing with every game and there is not a team in the league that looks forwards to playing against this young man.

Pattaya were able to see out the rest of the game successfully and head back home with a 2-0 victory.  This was a wonderful performance and result for United and sees the side climb to 12th in the table.  It is now a pity that we all have to wait for 3 weeks to see the side back in league action at home to Ratchaburi FC on July 29.