The TPL Champions rested several key players including Kawin, Jetsada, Datsakorn and Teerasil.
The starting line up was Phanphiphat (GK), Pakasit (RB), Nattaporn (Capt, CB) , Panupong (CB), Piyachart (LB), Siaka (MD), Ammorn (MD), Kone (MD/AM), Pitchipong (MD), Christian (RW/FW), Runsiyo (ST)
The first goal came from a clear penalty. Ammorn's footwork caused an Air Force defender to over-commit in the penalty box and bring him crashing down. Siaka converted. The second goal came from a finish on the right hand side of the penalty area from Christian. His relief at scoring after missing a great chance earlier was obvious in his 'double flip and run to the fans' celebration. Half time 2-0.
In the second half AFU enjoyed a lot of possession and with better finishing could have evened things up. Instead Kone swept home a trademark effort into the top left corner of the net and very late on Christian scored a sweet lob over the out-rushing keeper. It was especially satisfying for the young forward as just moments earlier the linesman had flagged Christian offside......in his own half.
Thanks to the Air Force fans for a great atmosphere and hope to see them next season in the TPL. At least we avoided any scenes similar to the ugly incident between Army and Buriram.
Teams already in the quarter finals: Muangthong, Chonburi, Rajpracha, Army FC.
Man of the match:
Nattaporn Panrit lead the back line well and kept out Air Force for much of the second half. Christian and Phanphiphat also had good games.