United get back to winning ways

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Pattaya United ended their two match goal drought in style last Sunday with a 3-0 victory over bottom club Khonkaen at the IPE Stadium in Chonburi.

United were given a scare early in the first half when the visitors hit the United crossbar with a thundering free-kick, but it was the closest Khonkaen would come to scoring as United began to exert their dominance over the struggling Isaan outfit.

United striker Ludovick Takam shields the ball from a Khonkaen defender during the second half of their match at the IPE Stadium in Chonburi, Sunday, Dec. 4. (Photo/Ariyawat Nuamsawat) United striker Ludovick Takam shields the ball from a Khonkaen defender during the second half of their match at the IPE Stadium in Chonburi, Sunday, Dec. 4. (Photo/Ariyawat Nuamsawat)

The ‘Dolphins’ would however have to wait till the second half to make the breakthrough when Krissana Taiwan capitalized on some sloppy Khonkaen defending to volley the ball home from close range in the 49th minute.

The game was effectively put out of reach when Ludovick broke clear from a long through-ball to slot the ball past the keeper and give United a two goal cushion, and the same player widened the margin late on with a smart finish from 12 yards out.

United, with four matches remaining, lie in sixth place in the league standings.  This coming Sunday they take on local rivals Chonburi FC at the IPE Stadium in Chonburi, kick-off at 6 p.m.

Thai Premier League Standings December 4

Pos. Team P W D L +/- Pts.
1 Buriram PEA 28 21 6 1 43 69
2 Chonburi 27 16 7 4 27 55
3 Muang Thong United 26 16 7 3 27 55
4 Bangkok Glass 29 13 7 9 11 46
5 Osotspa 28 10 13 5 12 43
6 Pattaya United 30 11 10 9 6 43
7 BEC Tero Sasana 28 12 4 12 4 40
8 Police United 28 10 10 8 0 40
9 Chiangrai United 30 10 9 11 -3 39
10 Sisaket 28 9 10 9 -1 37
11 Thai Port 28 10 7 11 -3 37
12 Army United 29 8 9 12 1 33
13 TTM Phichit 28 8 6 14 -17 30
14 Samut Songkhram 28 6 10 12 -16 28
15 TOT 28 9 1 18 -27 28
16 Siam Navy 29 7 5 17 -23 26
17 Sriracha 27 5 8 14 -12 23
18 Khonkaen 29 5 7 17 -29 22
Results:  (Sat 03/12) Police United 0 v 2 Muang Thong United, Bangkok Glass 2 v 0 BEC Tero Sasana, TOT 1 v 0 Sriracha, Chonburi 2 v 1 Army United; (Sun 04/12) Thai Port 1 v 1 Chiangrai United, Osotspa 2 v 1 Sisaket, TTM Phichit 1 v 2 Siam Navy, Pattaya United 3 v 0 Khonkaen, Buriram PEA 3 v 0 Samut Songkhram.