It’s been a while since Port have beaten their fiercest rivals. 2,853 days to be exact, but who’s counting? To celebrate Port breaking their near 8 year drought, we thought it was only right to give you 8 reasons why we LOVE beating the Muangscum.
We Even Gave Them a Head Start
We didn’t just beat Muangthong. We beat them giving up a one goal head start! Whilst Dolah clearly felled Teerasil, replays showed contact was made just outside the box. Maybe next time if the ref doesn’t give them a one goal start, we’ll win more convincingly!
Muangthong: 25 Shots, 2 Goals
Port: 4 Shots, 3 Goals
Check your pockets, Muangthong, you’ve been robbed!
Those Four Minutes
Possibly the most exhilarating four minutes of football in Port history. One nil down and without a goal in the last 2 games, Port suddenly turned on the afterburners, sending cross after cross in to the Muangthong box, and attacking the ball as if our lives depended on it.
The first goal was a pleasant surprise, the second a downright shock, and the third an out-of-body experience!
Headers and Volleys
At Port we don’t just score run-of-the-mill goals like dodgy penalties and tap-ins; we go the extra mile. Josimar’s first was a stunning left-footed volley which curled in to the bottom corner, the second a Beckham-esque cross by Panpanpong met by a Ronaldo-esque leap and header by Suarez, the third a pinpoint pull-back from Nitipong met by a right footed pile driver from Josimar. The perfect hattrick. The Holy Trinity. The Tarua Trilogy!
The Title Race Is Back On
In two losses to Thai Honda and Port, Muangthong’s seven point advantage at the top has been cut to just one. If Muangthong lose out by a couple of points this year, we’ll be sure to remind them about this game, and the points they could have had, if not for…
Port’s Twelfth Man
Usually this is where we sing the praises of the traveling fans, but in the ghost town that was the SCG, Port received some spooky help from the woodwork. First, the bar rejected Lee Ho’s powerful header, then the post repelled Sorawit’s mishit effort, before finally the bar once again said “No” to Lee Ho. “You shall not pass!”
Who else is looking forward to all those conversations with Muangthong supporters now? Not just in the coming days and weeks, but for years to come Port fans will be reminding their glory-supporting counterparts about those four minutes at the SCG.
We may not have been there to cheer on the lads, but they made sure the occasion didn’t pass without some Tarua songs ringing through the bowels of the SCG. We particularly hope the dressing rooms are next door, so that Weera’s wall-banging antics were clearly audible in a silent, dejected Muangthong dressing room.
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