Trat’s the Way to Do It! Port FC 4-1 Trat FC

 

 

Trat FC travelled to Klong Toei looking full of confidence after a comprehensive beatdown of Suphanburi at the weekend. They sported an all white away kit with red and grey stripes running down the front.  This immediately had me thinking of our last three black away kits that even the keenest Port supporter couldn’t tell apart. The two clubs have only had the pleasure of meeting a couple of times. The first came when Port was briefly labeled Singhtarua FC, our mascot a winged lion, Mighty Kiatjaroen the captain and King Leandro the top scorer in the league.  Those were happy times at the PAT and the sight of the “White Elephants” galloping up from the eastern beaches near the bottom of the table couldn’t have come at a better time.

 

Port had struggled to score in the last two league fixtures and there was an uneasy atmosphere at the start of the game from the home supporters. Both teams came out full of energy, looking to take points from a crucial mid week game.  Port were attacking Zone B in the first half and the first chance of the evening came in the fifth minute when Suarez (5) found himself with the ball at the corner of the left goal box. Pakorn (7) was positioned in front of the goal for an easy square ball but the shot from Suarez was easily saved by the Trat keeper (Tossaporn).  

 

The next 10 minutes of action were muted by poor passing but quickly pick up when Port started to move the ball wider to the wings, all three of them.  Pakorn (7) was menacing down the right all night and the play of Bodin (10) and Boskovic (23) was excellent teamwork down the left but often “left” us without a striker in the middle.  Port earned its first corner of the game after 15 minutes and the crowd finally came to life when the defender (40) miss played the Pakorn corner and clearly handled the ball, the ref waved play-on to the dismay of the fans behind the goal.  This was the first of many poor refereeing decisions followed by customary decent that had plagued the team in Sukhothai. Several waves of attacked followed with no result and the frustration of the last home game versus PTT could be felt with chances gone lost.  But the Port faithful didn’t have to wait much longer to “open the door” when Bodin collected the ball at left side of midfield and ran at the defence like a young Ryan Giggs. Kevin made a parallel run down the left wing in support, Bodin cut inside at the top of the box drawing the defence. He looked at goal but pushed the ball to Kevin on the wing, Kevin cut a pass back to a Suarez one timer that finished splendidly in the upper left corner for the first goal of the half.

 

Port were now in control but the referee seemed to be channeling Howard Webb (never trust a cop) and kept blowing the whistle at every chance he could get, thus killing the flow of the game.  Port immediately started complaining and challenged the ref about a foul at midfield. While half the team was bitching about the call, Trat striker (10) took a quick free kick down the right channel to (23) who moved into the box shooting low, the keeper parried the shot but the winger (40) scored on the rebound.  All even and frustration filled the stadium. However, Port’s reaction to the equalizer was fierce, they woke up and were stronger after conceding the goal.  Siwakorn (16) and Go (8) quietly bossed the midfield, distributing nce nice passes to the plethora of wingers selected for the contest. Just two minutes later Pakorn raced down the right side and looked to find Boskovic with a sublime cross. The crowded roared at the second clear penalty shout when the defender (41) clearly handled the ball, again waved off by the ref.  Two minutes later Nitipong (34) made an overlapping run down the right flank, he moved to the edge off the box and slipped a pacey square ball to Suarez who sent a curling chip over the keeper to the left side of the goal. Brilliant strike and a lead for Port going into halftime.

 

Slow starts to the second period are a Port trademark but this game was different. At halftime I imagined the team talk from Jadet going something like this, “Hey guys, we usually start slow but we have the lead so let’s be smart, keep our heads and go on to win this game.” To the contrary the boys came out flying, aggressive and undisciplined.  Five questionable and unnecessary fouls in the first five minutes gave Trat chances they didn’t deserve. A few corners and two free kicks just outside the box had the opposition looking good to equalize early in the second half. Port were not flustered and strong defending from center backs Dolah (4) and Tassapon (6) shut down any Trat attack. Port again started attacking from wide positions.  Boskovic found himself on the right this time and raced towards the goal. He reached the box and sent a weak cross to Suarez who jumped over the ball and tumbled like he had been hit by a car which drew yet another free kick. Pakorn spotted the ball about 25 yards in front of the goal and seconds later sent a screaming shot through the wall for the third goal of the game for Port.

 

Relief for the fans but the pace of the game was still unpleasant. Quite frankly it was ugly, “a horrible game” according to Peter, “The refs not allowing them to play,” said James.  Suarez a yellow card for complaining about a bad foul. By the 75th minute I was frustrated too but Arthit (29) was to come to the rescue. The boy has energy, and every time he’s on the pitch we look like scoring.  He came on for Pakorn which gave us a third option down the left wing. Port then earned a corner with attacking play from a much improved Boskovic. Panpanpong (19) delivered a beautiful ball to the six yard box and Arthit headed a thumping goal to wrap up the game and give Port an emphatic 4-1 home win.  

 

The Sandpit Man of the Match – Sergio Suarez

There were impressive performances all over the pitch last night, notably Dolah, Niti, Go, Bodin, Siwakorn, Boskovic & Arthit, but the MOTM award has to go to the SS, who scored two absolutely sublime first half goals that would’ve had pundits absolutely creaming themselves if Messi or Neymar had scored them. Sergio has been slow to get up & running this season but those two goals, and two yellows in two games for arguing with referees, show that he’s getting back to his best, which can only be a good thing for Port’s title campaign. (TR)

 

Mike Strunk

Mike Strunk

Mike arrived in Bangkok in 2004 and has been an avid Port supporter since the 2010 season. He is the Athletic Director at Berkeley International School and spends his leisure time taking his kids on adventures, playing cricket and of course supporting the mighty Port FC.

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  1. Richard Winter says:

    Great report Strunk! Can’t believe how well the Port are doing this season. I’ve got two cans of Beer Leo that I smuggled back in my suitcase last year ready to celebrate when we win the title 🙂

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