Rayong pile misery on Port in Thai League 1
Jadet's men suffer fourth loss in six league games
Port's FA Cup victory over former Thai League 1 champions SCG Muang Thong United in midweek turned out to be a mere flash in the pan as Jadet Meelarp's men fell to sixth-placed PTT Rayong in an away game on Saturday night.
Port, who led the standings last month, have skidded to fifth place on the table after claiming only two points from their last six winless league outings.
Defending champions Buriram United host third-ranked Bangkok United in a mouth-watering clash this evening and a victory would see the northeastern giants pull seven points ahead of Port, who have 30 points.
Port were among the league's most lavish spenders in the mid-season transfer window, but nothing seems to be able to revive their foundering campaign.
At Rayong, Port started attacking from the beginning of the match and saw Sumanya Purisay shot an early opportunity over the bar.
Bordin Phala was then denied by Rayong goalkeeper Peerapong Ruangnin and the hosts missed their chance go in front when Apiwat Pengprakhon missed the target.
After a goalless first half, it was the home team who impressed and their efforts paid off in the 71st minute when Pornpreecha Jarunai opened the ball for Dennis Murillo to plant a curler into the net.
Rayong held their ground well until the final whistle to walk away with their fourth straight league victory.
At Khao Plong Stadium, hosts Chainat had to settle for a single point after a 1-1 draw with PT Prachuap.
Both goals were scored in the second half with Ratchanart Arunpairoj giving Chainat the lead in the 76th minute.
However, three minutes before time, PT Prachuap equalised when Maurinho was fouled by Chatmongkol Thongkhiri and Jean Philip Mendi converted the penalty.
Ratchaburi made light of the departure of their Italian coach Marco Simone as they routed visiting Chiangmai 4-1.