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The Sandpit’s Goal of the Season 2019: Suarez Cashes In Chip

 

Sergio Suarez’ nonchalant chipped finish against Trat has earned him his second Sandpit award in as many years, following up his Player of the Year award in 2018 with the Goal of the Season gong in 2019.

 

 

1st Place – Sergio Suarez (38%)

 

 

It may not have been one of the more important goals, but boy was it stylish. The Spaniard is well known for being one of the most talented foreign stars in the league, and he showed off his incredible vision and technique with a high, looping finish which 38% of Sandpit voters chose as their pick of a very competitive bunch. The Trat ‘keeper was about as close to keeping it out as any of the other goals on our list were to catching Suarez’ strike: nowhere near.

 

2nd Place – Bodin Phala (14%)

 

 

There’s an understandable history of Port goals against Muangthong faring well in our polls, so it is perhaps unsurprising that Bodin’s wonderful long-range strike in the away fixture against Muangthong picked up 14% of the vote, which was good enough for second place. It was a goal of great import in that it gave Port the lead against their bitter rivals in a game we would go on to win, but it has to settle for second best in our poll.

 

3rd Place – Sumanya Purisay (12%)

 

 

Taking the final spot on the podium with 12% of the vote was the best goal from Port’s memorable FA Cup run. Scored in the 3-2 victory against Chiang Rai by a player who didn’t stand out all that often in 2019, but put in an absolutely outstanding performance on the day: Sumanya. Picking the ball up in the centre circle, Sumanya bamboozled Chiang Rai’s midfield and defence, scything straight through them before wrong-footing the ‘keeper with a calm right-footed finish. It ended up being a crucial strike, with Port almost letting a 3-0 lead slip, but doing just enough to hang on for the win, thanks in large part to Sumanya.

 

Boskovictory! Dragan Wins 2018 Goal of the Season Award

 

2016: Star striker Thiago Cunha took the Inaugural Sandpit Goal of the Season prize – presumably smashing it on the dressing room door in a fit of rage – with the winning goal being a sublime lob in Port’s memorable cup encounter with Muangthong.

2017: Star striker Josimar didn’t win a fan vote – none was held after we decided pickings were rather too slim – but a plurality of our season reviewers picked his stunning volley in the behind-closed-doors upset of… yes, you guessed it, Muangthong.

2018: …

 

Winner: Dragan Boskovic (27%)

Yes, once again Port’s star striker takes the Goal of the Season prize, but which of his 3 shortlisted efforts persuaded 27% of voters to award him the gong?

Well, it took him less than forty five minutes of his Port career to register. Boskovic received a pass from Suarez down the left flank, cut inside – nutmegging an unsuspecting defender in the process – before curling a sublime finish in to the top right hand corner. I’m talking of course about his effort in Port’s 3-0 home victory against Pattaya. Boskovic would go on to find the net a further 27 times in all competitions, but none would equal his very first.

 

 

2nd: Pakorn Prempak (21%)

A scorer of spectacular goals, there’s no doubt about that. 3 of Pakorn’s finest efforts in 2018 made our shortlist and, remarkably, we didn’t include any of his freekicks. Pakorn thrilled the crowd twice in the home fixture against Air Force, first driving the ball in to the top corner from the corner of the penalty box, and secondly launching home from close range after receiving a delightful through ball from Nurul. Neither of these efforts wooed more than 4% of voters though, with his standout goal adjudged to be his speculative, spectacular long range screamer in the 7-1 triumph over Navy.

 

 

3rd: Dragan Boskovic (15%)

Edging out Kim’s only entry, which finished 4th, Boskovic’s first goal in the final game of the season rounds out our podium finishers. Apparently Dragan really likes playing against Pattaya. Suarez was once again provider, with Boskovic turning on the style to rifle an unstoppable volley in to his favourite corner of the net. He would go on to score a further 3, guaranteeing Port’s 3rd place finish in T1, along with bagging 3rd place in our Goal of the Season poll.

 

 


 

 

The Sandpit Port FC Goal of the Season 2018 Poll

 

Time to vote again, this time for the 2018 Goal of the Season! With Port banging in 90 goals in the course of the season, we had a real challenge narrowing it down to the dozen you see here. Fellow Sandpitter Tom Earls spent a very enjoyable morning watching all 90 and creating a shortlist of 21 which, after much discussion and lobbying for our favourites, the panel narrowed down to these twelve absolute crackers.

So watch all the goals below, and then select your favourite in the Poll window at the bottom of the page. Voting closes on Wednesday.

 

Goal 1: Boskovic vs Pattaya (H)

 

Goal 2: Bodin vs Pattaya (H)

 

Goal 3: Nurul vs Ratchaburi (H)

 

 

Goal 4: Pakorn vs Air Force 1 (H)

 

 

Goal 5: Pakorn vs Air Force 2 (H)

 

Goal 6: Pakorn vs Navy (H)

 

 

Goal 7: Kim vs Navy (H)

 

 

Goal 8: Suarez vs Ratchaburi 1 (A)

 

 

Goal 9: Suarez vs Ratchaburi 2 (A)

 

 

Goal 10: Boskovic vs Ratchaburi (A)

 

 

Goal 11: Kevin vs Trat (A)

 

 

Goal 12: Boskovic vs Pattaya (A)

 

 

Thiagoal! 2016 Goal of the Season Winner Revealed

 

His time at Port may have been brief and disappointing, and he may now have moved onto a career in India’s MMA scene, but there is one thing – apart from his unprovoked assault on the dressing room door – that we’ll always remember from Thiago Cunha: his 2016 Sandpit Goal of the Season!

The East Timorese netbuster’s lob against Muangthong in last season’s League Cup semi won the poll with 22% of the vote, beating efforts from Maranhao and Tana. Final positions are below:

 

 

Football hipsters that we are, the Sandpit team voted for less obvious choices: I voted for Nitipong’s curler, Tom went for Thiago’s overhead kick, and Dom is such a craft beer-swigging vegan hipster bastard that his favourite goal wasn’t even on the list. You probably haven’t heard of it.

But I can understand why Thiago’s goal won. Every goal against Muangthong is special, but the little push on the defender, the lob over the keeper (the best keeper in Thailand it has to be stressed) and the manic celebrations in the PAT that followed made it the greatest single moment of the 2016 season. The minutes the followed the goal, with Port flying into their opponents and a sold-out PAT in a state of deafening hysteria, were some of the most exciting and exhilarating I’ve ever experienced in a football stadium.

By the time the second leg came around Thiago had already picked up his handbag and flounced off to Mumbai, and Port, despite a creditable 1-1 draw in the Theatre of Corrugated Iron, went out. But for a few brief minutes, we were beating Thailand’s best team and had a foot in the final. For that at least, Thiago will be fondly remembered. Congratulations Senhor, and you can collect your prize – a large bottle of Leo – on your next visit to the PAT!

 

Relive that goal and the other 9 goals below: