Port School University: Port FC U19 4-1 North Bangkok University

 

Port u19s put on a fine display of attacking football against North Bangkok University to cruise to a third consecutive Thai Youth League win on Sunday. With a mixture of Port B players and a few new faces Port seemed more upbeat, and played a more positive brand of football than what we saw from Port B under Somchai Subpherm. There were also some promising individual performances, and a couple of really splendid goals to report, which was a pleasant surprise!

 

 

 

To be fair, this was an equally error-strewn affair to the last Port B game I watched, but what set this match apart were the moments of quality that punctuated the general dross. None of those moments of quality appeared in the first 20 minutes though, with Port conceding a hilariously bad opening goal despite being marginally the better side. Miniscule Port ‘keeper Jedsadakorn (83) was at fault, flapping at a tame cross, and giving a North Bangkok attacker the simplest of chances to scramble home.

Port soon regained control of the game though, and in the 40th minute a mazy run in to the box lead to a Port penalty. Skipper Chanayut Jejue (99), who had some outstanding games last season, tucked it away coolly. He seemed to be playing slightly out of position in central midfield, with his normal role being further forward, but he still put in a good performance, although he didn’t have as much of an impact as he would have liked in the final third.

First half substitute Phonsat Saobubpha (80) certainly wasn’t found wanting for impact though. Shortly after replacing an injured teammate, Phonsat picked up the ball a good 5-10 yards outside the area and launched a dipping, curling strike over the head of the opposition’s vertically challenged ‘keeper. So good was the strike it would likely have beaten almost anyone, but this poor guy was absolutely nowhere near it. Phonsat is one of those Thai players you find once in a blue moon – a natural striker. He’s tall, a little gangly but fairly strong and likes to hold the ball up, lay it off then charge in to the box. And he can shoot. Incredible, Jeff!

In the second half, Port went from strength to strength. Partchya Katethip (56) replaced Chitnuphong Phraengphrom (59) and immediately started wreaking havoc, but the first big chance of the half was created by Phonsat. He cut through the defence before unselfishly squaring to his striking partner Warayut Phunprasan (79), who failed to find the net with just a defender in his way. Then, in the 82nd minute Phonsat started a move in the middle of the park before pegging it in to the box where Partchya curled a quality cross right in to his path. He converted smartly to cap off a fine display. He should be starting in future!

There was time for another moment of exceptional quality before the final whistle, and this time it was provided by right winger Watcharaphon Chumking (78). He took a leaf out of Phonsat’s book, hitting a curling shot over the head of the North Bangkok ‘keeper right in to the top corner. Exquisite.

Overall, a good performance, and 9 points out of a possible 9 for Port’s u19s. After a disappointing showing in T4 last season, it’s good to see the youngsters back to playing attacking football and getting results.

Thailand Youth League matches are being played in the comfort of PAT Stadium, making the games much more accessible than last season, and giving the lads the chance to show off their skills in Khlongtoei, as it should be.

 

The Sandpit’s Man of the Match

Centre back Teera Thayanram (51) put in a solid shift, winning a few headers and making some key interceptions. He was probably Port’s best player in the first half, but striker Phonsat Saobubpha (80) has to take the award for his top-notch performance up front after being subbed on. He retained possession well, started attacks using his hold-up play, and most importantly he showed that he knows where the goal is. Now, if he can grow a couple of inches and put on a bit of muscle, Port will have a real prospect on their hands!

 

Tom Earls

Tom Earls

Having moved to Thailand aged 10, Tom has been playing or watching football in Thailand for more than 18 years. A keen follower of the Thai National Team and an avid fan of Port FC, he is a regular contributor to The Sandpit.

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