Muang Thong reunion brings Phairoj little joy
Phairoj Bovornwattanadilok's reunion with his former club SCG Muang Thong United concluded in the same forlorn fashion as his brief association with the Kirins had ended a few months ago.
Phairoj was in charge of the Sukhothai dugout on Saturday night when he saw his men suffer a 3-2 home loss to former champions Muang Thong United, who are now enjoying an uptick under Brazilian coach Alexandre Gama.
The Kirins looked solid with former Thailand captain Teerasil Dangda and Brazilian duo of Derley and Heberty Fernandes spearheading their efforts in the attack.
Sukhothai jolted Muang Thong with a seventh-minute goal as Kittipong Wongma set up John Baggio to head home from close range.
However, the visitors did not take long to regroup and needed only five minutes to get even with Sukhothai.
Sarach Yooyen opened the ball for Suphanan Burirat to fire a sizzling long shot past home team custodian Kittikun Jamsuwan.
While hosts had some possession of the ball, it was mostly Muang Thong United who dominated the game.
It was a fine display from Kittikun that restricted the Kirins from adding at least couple of goals more to their tally before the half-time.
Muang Thong were finally able to put one into the Sukhothai net when Teerasil found Heberty with a through ball.
The Kirins got their third goal in the 52nd minute when Oh Ban-Suk headed home a Heberty corner.
Sukhothai reduced the deficit in the 63rd minute with a long shot from Jung Myoung-Oh, but could not pose a serious threat to their rivals after that.
In another game, Suphanburi stunned Ratchaburi for a 3-0 home victory.