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Friendly Fire: Port FC 3-0 Air Force

 

Port strolled to a comfortable win over over a totally earthbound Air Force in last night’s friendly at the PAT, with goals from Terens (28), Aathit (29) and Chakrit (9). It was a fairly uneventful game in which Port’s second string took on an Air Force side who clearly weren’t interested in anything more than a gentle workout.

So what did we – and Jadet – learn from the game?

  • Port B player Chanayut (99) seems unaffected by taking Tana’s old number, and the 18-year old looked right at home with the big boys, putting in an assured performance up front (and even having a goal disallowed). Definitely worth a place on the bench in future
  • Likewise Chakrit (9), a close season signing from the Swatcats who has only had a couple of minutes of first-team action so far – he was busy, popping up all over the pitch, and his all-action style could make him a fan favourite
  • Terens deserves more game time. The wee fella clearly revelled in getting a full 90 minutes last night, and his goal was celebrated most enthusiastically by the home crowd. Let’s hope we see him in the cups
  • Aathit may have scored, but he also looked a long way from the kind of striking quality you need to win cups and finish in the top 3. He certainly puts in the effort, but his first touch leaves a lot to be desired
  • Port need a backup left-back, as Panpanpong (19) once again showed why Port were so keen to sign Kevin

 

 

Chocks Away! Port Take On Air Force in League Cup Last 16

 

The draw for the last 16 of the 2017 Toyota League Cup has just been made, with Port facing a trip to fellow Bangkok side Air Force Central FC. The game will take place on Wednesday 13 September at Thupatemi Stadium, time TBC. Some readers will remember the stadium from a sweltering 4pm kick-off against Grakcuh Tabfah FC in the same competition last season, or from Port’s memorable last-gasp 3-2 away win at Air Force that very same season.

Whilst it’s not an easy game by any means – Air Force are currently top of T2 – it’s still a match Port should be confident of winning and progressing to the quarters. And the good news is that, with Muangthong drawn against Bangkok Utd and Buriram facing Chonburi, at least two of the top T1 sides will be going out. Another league cup semi-final beckons?

The game will also see a reunion with former Port striker Kayne Vincent, the mention of whom generally causes people to suddenly look somewhat more fondly on Tana & Wuttichai. Kayne has banged in 6 goals in 23 games this season, making him joint-16th highest scorer in the division. The legend continues.