Sukhothai FC hosted Port FC at the Thung Thalay Luang Stadium in week 5 as the club were able to get their first win of the season. Sukhothai FC were able to outfight Port FC to a 3-1 win. Both these clubs have been fairing pretty well this season and come into the game unbeaten.
It was visitors Port FC who had the first big chance of the game in the 9th minute. Dragan Bošković drove with the ball before finding Sergio Suárez on the edge of the box. With one touch the Spaniard sets up Sumanya Purisai whose curling effort comes crashing off the post.
Controversy was soon to follow in the 33rd minute when Port FC midfielder Sumanya Purisai was roughly dispossessed of the ball in his own half to start a counter attack. This was halted by giant defender Elias Dolah who foulded the Sukhothai attacker. However angry words were soon exchanged between Sumanya and the referee over the incident in which the player was dispossessed. The incident led to the sending off of Sumanya much to the frustration of his teammates. To make matters worse Sukhothai took the lead from the proceeding free kick with big centre back Joël Sami heading in the cross.
Following this Port FC amazingly equalised from a corner seconds before half time. Winger Pakorn Prempak took the corner towards the front post. The corner somehow missed evryone and crept into the goal for the equaliser.
In the 66th minute Sukhothai FC took the lead from the penalty spot. Captain Baggio Rakotonomenjanahary did well to dribble into a dangerous before playing a through ball to Kongnateechai Boonma who was clumsily tripped up by defender Nitipong Selanon. Montenegrin striker Petar Orlandić slots in the spot kick for his first goal for Sukhothai.
Petar Orlandić was then able to beat Nitipong Selanon to head home a cross from Sakdarin Mingsamorn to make it 3-1 and seal the win in the 84th minute.
A big talking point of the game was the indiscipline of Thai international Sumanya Purisai whose sending off had a detrimental effect on his team. In addition out of the two Montenegrin strikers on the pitch today it was Petar Orlandić who outshone his more famous compatriot Dragan Bošković by getting his first goals for Sukhothai as well as sealing the win.
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