PT Prachuap lifted Toyota League Cup after marathon penalty shootout victory over Buriram United
PT Prachuap FC lifted their first ever major trophy Thailand’s Toyota League Cup after a hard-fought victory over Buriram United on Saturday! The highly entertaining League Cup Final between Buriram and Prachuap was played out in
PT Prachuap FC lifted their first ever major trophy Thailand’s Toyota League Cup after a hard-fought victory over Buriram United on Saturday!
The highly entertaining League Cup Final between Buriram and Prachuap was played out in front of an estimated 11,000 fans at SCG Stadium. Although the venue belongs to the famous “Red” Muangthong United, the Stadium was clearly separated into dark blue and bright orange for this 10th edition Toyota League Cup final 2019.
5 times League Cup champion Buriram United started the game brightly and even came close to drawing the first blood as early as the fifth minute. Korrakot Wiriyaudomsiri (no-11)’s dangerous in-swinging corner was finding Supachai Jaided (no-9) but Prachuap’s goalkeeper Natthapong Khajohnmalee (no-13) was quick to parry the ball out to safety.
On the other side of the pitch, Prachuap matched up with Buriram. Maurinho (no-30) dribbled his way in from the right beating Buriram’s defenders but his teammate Seeket Madputeh (no-15) was unable to finish it. First half ended in a goalless draw.
Despite this is Prachuap’s very first appearance in a major Final, the team from west Thailand did not hold back their hunger. In the 47th minute, Buriram’s defence was caught napping. Prachuap’s Thai International Sirochi Chatthong(no-35) found an unmarked Maurinho just outside the penalty box. The Brazilian wasted no chance by slamming the ball into the back of the net beyond Buriram’s goalkeeper Siwarak Tedsungnoen (no-1)’s reach! That goal gave Prachuap a well-deserved 1-0 lead.
On several occasions, Buriram could have equalized if not because of the heroic performances put up by Prachuap’s custodian.
The wait for the equalizer finally came in the 73rd minute. A well dribbling work on the right by winger Sasalak Haiprakhon (no-6) saw his cross met by his National Team mate Supachai. The 20-year-old Thai International headed in the equalizer to send the crowd into ecstasy!
The score line remained the same at the end of the Extra-Time and that probably one of the most entertaining Finals in Thailand football history went into penalty shootout.
Both teams were equally up to the task in the marathon penalty shootout. However, the turning point came in the 9th shot. Buriram’s Korsakov stood up but sent his crucial shot high up into the fans. Prachuap’s Seeket took the pressure well, scored from the spot to give PT Prachuap their first ever major trophy!
Final score, Buriram United 1 (8) vs PT Prachuap 1 (9).
This trip is made possible by Thai League and SingaCup, Singapore International Premier Youth Tournament.