Elbow, a Seldom Seen Win: Trat FC 1-2 Port FC

 

 

Needing a win to keep pace with the league leaders, and keep the gap from Muang ***** after their win earlier in the night, the air in my condo was filled with: excitement, anticipation, the smell of last night’s pizza box on the floor, and lavender (from an air freshener I bought minutes ago to mask the smell of the aforementioned pizza).  The perfect recipe for a footballing spectacle.

The lineup was unchanged from Sunday’s win. Personally I’m a fan of Worawut in goal. Pakorn may have had help with his fine, but not a helping hand from Pang Spencer Jadet Choke Pang back into the starting XI. Josimar this time playing where he was listed, up top through the middle, as opposed to on the wing like we saw last time out. (As I have typed this he just switched with Sergio and is now I RW, 8 minutes into the game) (Correction, he is in the middle again. He shall forth be known as “Central Josimar” and “Wide Josimar”).

Trat came close early doors after some poor zonal marking left a free header that was glanced wide, not a confident start by any stretch of the imagination.

Central Josimar had a great chance on 11 minutes, with a seemingly open header (although in fairness slightly too high for him) that he completely butchered and floated into lane 8 of the athletics track. Best chance of the match in the first knockings of the game for either side.

SERGIOOO, SERGIOOOOO, continues being the Thai Port Talisman when, following a headed assist from Central Josimar, his fancy footwork helped him send 2 Trat defenders the wrong way in the box, and tidily slotted the ball into the bottom left making it 1-0 on 19 minutes. 

Drama then ensued shortly after the goal, with out hero turned, swatted, then bloodied, then villain, then booked, then subbed. Bukkake (Baihakki), the Trat CB appeared to purposely leave one on Suarez, splitting his chin open, instantly drawing blood.  As Sergio leaked red he also saw red (well yellow), when he charged at the ref demanding a red card. In my opinion we have seen this too many time from Suarez, and he lost his cool, deserving harsher punishment. Red cards all round wouldn’t have been unreasonable. Sergio will now miss the next game vs Prachaup due to the totting up rule.

Chenrop was brought on for Suarez after his chin wouldn’t stop bleeding. Odd choice considering Blackburn is sat on the bench.,, but hey, when do Port substitutions ever make sense.

Wide Josimar received a yellow card on 30 minutes after a silly foul, showing that he hasn’t quite mastered the art of tracking back yet. But at least he tried…

Literally nothing else happened in the last 15 minutes of the first half.

Port started the 2nd half much better than they did the first with Chenrop going with a low driven shot turned round the corner from about 20yards.

That Boy Bodin, made it 2-0 just before 70 minutes, taking advantage of a grounded Trat defender that was playing him miles onside. Unsportsmanlike? Potentially… Could I care less? No. No I couldn’t. Despite the gift of being onside, Bodin still had to put the ball in the back of the net, and as the rain poured down, he slid the ball into the far corner across the skiddy surface like a young Thierry Henry. (Yes, I did just compare Bordin to Henry.)

The 2-0 lead was short lived. From the restart it was all Trat and they pressured Port into giving away a soft goal. A poor pass deflected off Dolah, presenting Doumbouya a one on one that he slipped past the on rushing Worawut. Questions of offside from when the pass was initially made. But no appeals on the pitch. A deserved, if not a bit fortunate, goal for the home side. 2-1. 

Pang Spencer Jadet Choke Pang brought on Pakorn & Blackburn for Bordin & Sumanya after the home side made it 2-1. Would have preferred to see a Rochela come on to sure things up in the middle… but… well you know the story. 

Pakorn however made an instant impact with some dazzling footwork on the edge of the box, winning a free kick 19 yards out. Form the free kick he lost his footing upon striking the ball, and still managed to hit the post.

Port survived squeaky bum time to finish 2-1 victors, and after other results went their way this evening, it sees us (somehow) only 3 points off top! We still aren’t seeing the free flowing football we were in the first half of the season, but 2 wins on the trot, with a winnable away trip to Prachaup at the weekend could see us go… dare I say it… 1st?!?!?

 

The Sandpit Man of the Match: Nitipong

Nitipong. Thought he had a solid game going forward and defensively. He put the ball in the mixer that eventually led to the opening goal.  Also, there didn’t appear to be any Trat threats from his side of the field all game.

Joe Kheng

Joe Kheng

Joe has been in Thailand for just over 3 years, supporting Port FC from day 1! He works in property marketing and spends his spare time following football and sports from all over the world. One day he dreams of growing up and playing football for Port, and scoring a last minute winner vs Buriram at PAT Stadium.

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  1. Burris says:

    Nice match report. I particularly enjoyed the not-so-oblique Elbow reference. There’s a hole in my neighbourhood down which, of late, I haven’t been able to fall… but I’m back in town after being away most of the season so perhaps I’ll see you all in the sandpit on Wednesday…

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