Monday, 11 July 2011
Muangthong United 9 Samut Prakan United 0 - report
MTU bulldozed Samut Prakan out of the FA Cup in a rainy but cheerful display of fandom at the Thunderdome.
The highlight of the day was expected to be the introduction of Robbie Fowler who was greeted with predictable jubilation and displays of Liverpool FC shirts and MTU shirts with his name on the back. The surprise bonus package was Yingluck Shiniwatra. I didn't catch if Yingluck actually confirmed her support for MTU but I'd guess she does, since she has a connection with a school in the area and an MTU sponsor.
But Fowler must now see he has competition for a place in the side after the team of Kawin (GK) , Kayem (LB), Nattaporn (CB, Capt), Zesh (CB), Thiemba (RB), Datsakorn (MD), Dagno (MD), Pitchipong (MD), Issoufaou (RW), Jakkaphan (LW), and Teerasil (ST) smashed nine past their opponents.
It would be overkill to talk the reader through all nine goals so I'll just let you enjoy the scorers list and match highlights below. The only other item to report is the strange withdrawal of Issoufaou (another quiet game) about ten minutes before half time for Christian who was in turn replaced by Ahnon at half time!
A special mention for the fans of SPU. The game wasn't totally one-sided - their striker missed a golden chance from close range in the second half - but it was hard on them. They got drenched, saw their team get hammered and miss a great chance to score, and they still sang their hearts out. Now that's loyal support.
Man of the Match: Teerasil Dangda, who spearheaded the attack with his classy first touch, finishing and awareness. Robbie might get the most attention in future, but Teerasil's just as important and capable. Close runner up for MOTM is Jakkaphan Pornsai, who tormented the SPU back line all night long.
Datsakorn 15′, 63′; Dangda 17′, 59′; Pornsai 49′, 90′+; Sangsanoi 71′, 75′, 81′