12 August 2014

Thais bounce back with Azkals win

Monday, August 11, 2014
THAILAND outplayed the Philippines 2-0 to pick up their first win from two games in the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy competition last night.
Thailand were in control for a majority of the second half and switched gears in the 54th minute when Supravee Miprathang sent in a cross to Santipharp Channgom who pelted the ball only to see it ricochet off the woodworks.
It was a huge morale booster for Thailand as they continued to send in wave after wave of attacks in the Group A clash at the Balapan Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah Sports Complex in Berakas.
Their efforts paid off in the 58th minute when Supravee sent in a low cross to Chenrop Samphaodi who fired his attempt into the back of the net.
Thailand’s Chaowat Veerachat put the match out of reach for the Azkals by being at the right place at the right time to tap in Nopphon Phonkam’s deflection off Philippines goalkeeper Patrick Deyto during injury time.
No one could have predicted the scoreline following an evenly matched first half.
Numerous opportunities at goal came about at both ends of the field but neither could find the finishing touch to take the lead.
Philippines had the first chance at goal when Jose Porteria sent in a screamer off a deflection but goalkeeper Peerapong Ruennin managed to get his hand to the ball.
Moments later, Thailand replied with a free kick that flew just wide of the top post from the corner of the penalty box.
Thailand’s best opportunity in the first half came when Supravee’s free kick landed in front of Patipan Unop who tried to tap it in but was quickly denied by Deyto in the 21st minute.
Philippines replied with a near miss of their own when Paolo Salenga got the ball in the box and fired it on goal but Anusit Termee’s athleticism saw him make the short dive to punch the ball out in the 24th minute.
Thailand’s Patipan Pinsermsootsri missed an easy touch in front of the goal when Santipharp pulled a cross past Deyto in the 30th minute.
Jose had the last chance of the first half when he sent in a screamer from 10m out of the penalty box, which saw Peerapong make a low dive to the right post to knock it out in the 42nd minute.
The momentum would swing in Thailand’s favour at the restart.
The eventual victors started to force in opportunitie.
Pinsermsootsri saw his attempt in the 47th minute fly just wide of the post.
Their opening goal scorer, Chenrop, was eventually brought into the game in the 56th minute, two minutes before he put Thailand up 1-0.
Pinsermsootsri came close to making it 2-0 when he found himself in a one on one situation with Deyto who rushed out of his box to shut him down.
Philippines had one last chance to equalise before Chaowat’s goal but Kenshiro Daniel’s attempt swung wide of the post in the 89th minute.

The Brunei Times

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