|For Chiang Rai fans|
Before the match a collection took place for the Chiang Rai fan club and a moment of silence was observed to honour the deceased. Of course, other tragic deaths occurred at the weekend but what struck a cord with us football fans is that we instinctively felt: "That could've been any of us.". One moment you're on your way to a match, having fun and feeling good, the next minute your life is taken and your loved ones are left behind. It's a horrible thought,
The game itself was a fairly one-sided affair, especially in the first half. Pattaya looked low on confidence and saw very little of the ball. About half way through the opening forty five, a long forward ball found Teerasil who just touched it past the goalie and finished from an awkward angle and an awkward bounce.
We should have pushed for more but looked content to play patient, possession football. Pattaya looked stronger in the second half so it was a relief when we earned a penalty for a goalkeeping foul in the box. Dagno converted, though the penalty was not his best.
The game fizzled out from there, though Pattaya United belted a strong shot against the bar and had a penalty claim refused. Still, the result was a fair one.
The team was: Kawin (GK), Kayem (LB) , Zesh (CB), Nattaporn (CB,capt), Pakasit (RB), Datsakorn (MD), Buntao (MD), Siaka (MD), Toth (LW/RW), Teerasil (ST), Christian (FW). Jakkaphan, Ahnon and Panupog all appeared as subs in the second half.
Man of the Match: Zesh Rehman is now well settled in Thai football and proved it today. His reading of the game resulted in a consistent and comfortable control of the back line.