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Worchart on top at Royal Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai suffer home defeat in top of the table clash

Worchart on top at Royal Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Golf Festival 2010

Jedsadapong Wongkiew

The 4th round of the Chiang Mai Golf Festival Championship 2010 was held at the Royal Chiang Mai Golf Resort on Saturday, May 22 and was once again well attended by golfers in the area.

Warin Poonsiriwong, left, chairman of the Royal Chiang Mai Golf Resort, presents a prize to the winner of Overall Low Gross, Worachart Soikham, following the 4th round of the Chiang Mai Golf Festival Championship 2010.

The Overall Low Gross champion on the day was Worchart Soykhgam who shot a fine score of 75 off the stick.

Taking top prize in the A Flight was Sa-ard Chormngarm with a gross 77, while Khachen Boonwong took the net prize with net a 70 on count back ahead of Prakai Thongkhamkoon .

B Flight honours went to Komon Rakkid with a gross 79 and Supoj Chumpol edged out Aphichart Chobthammuan for the net prize, both on net 70.

Werner Jung shot the low gross of 86 to win the C Flight after Krasae Kritdamnoenkitch took the net award with another round of net 70.

Finally in the Ladies field it was a good day for Chanjira Nongkaew who fired a gross 80 off her 13 H/cap to head the flight and she was followed in by the net winner Arisara Vejkama and runner up Sa-ngob Panyatrong.

The next round of the Chiang Mai Golf Festival Championship will take place on Saturday, May 29 at the Gold Canyon Country Club in Lamphun. An updated report of the competition will be published in the next issue of Chiang Mai Mail.

Chiang Mai suffer home defeat in top of the table clash

Chainat FC keeper Mballa Zambo (22) comes out to collect
a cross as Chiang Mai pile on the pressure in the second half.

Staff Reporters

Chiang Mai FC lost out on a golden chance to go top of the Division 2 Northern Region league table last week when they were beaten 2-1 at home by current league leaders Chainat FC at a packed Municipal Stadium on Sunday, May 23.

With both teams level on points going into the game, Chiang Mai were happy to see the return of Sarun Sridej and Anucha Chaiyawong from injury while the visitors were able to field a full strength team including the dynamic duo of Sanor Longsawang and Chaiwuth Wattana.

Knowing the importance of the game, the hosts got off to the worst possible start when they conceded a penalty inside the opening 5 minutes after Prawit Pamornphol was adjudged to have fouled Chainat forward Hor-jarern inside the area. Aboubacar Sanogo calmly stepped up to dispatch the kick past the Chiang Mai goalkeeper Phansa Meesattham and give Chainat an invaluable early lead.

Egged on by the vocal home support, the Tigers tried to exert some authority on the game and they were unlucky not to equalize on a couple of occasions, the first when Chaiwong shot just wide from long distance and the second, 5 minutes later, when Zambo in the Chainat goal failed to hold onto a free kick from Anucha and the ball was only cleared to safety after Chiang Mai’s Benjamin appeared to be fouled in the box on the follow up.

Referee Boonlue Joymee turned down the home side’s appeal for a penalty, much to the disappointment and disbelief of the Tiger players and supporters.

Despite enjoying the majority of possession for most of the opening half hour, Chiang Mai suffered another decisive blow when Chainat’s Hor-jarern controlled the ball on the right flank and crossed beautifully for Thanongsak Promdard to head home past Meesattham and make the score 2-0.

Not to be dispirited, the hosts fought back and gained a foothold back in the game just before half time after a great left foot cross shot from midfielder Nattapong Suk-ngarm found the bottom corner of the visitors’ net. Indeed the Tigers very nearly grabbed an equalizer in first half injury time but Chaiyawong shot just wide when well placed inside the Chainat penalty area.

The crowd, which included prominent Thai football officials Wimol Kanjana and Anucha Nakasai, were regally entertained at half time by several finalists from the Isuzu E Series modeling contest who came on to the pitch and performed a colorful dance routine to the enjoyment of all.

Chiang Mai were forced to take off the injured goalkeeper Meesattham in the second half and the replacement keeper Theerasak Kawichai was called on early to produce a super save to deny Chainat’s Thanongsak Promdard following a fierce shot on the run.

In the 75th minute tempers boiled over on both sides after a tussle between Chiang Mai’s Suk-ngarm and Chainat forward Aboubacar Sanogo, which resulted in a melee of players getting involved in some unnecessary confrontation. After order was restored some 5 minutes later, referee Joymee decided that Panuwat Art-in of Chiang Mai and Traore of Chainat were the major culprits and issued them both with red cards.

Down to 10 men per side, Chiang Mai strove manfully for the equalizing goal but it proved to be elusive and the game ended in favour of the visitors who consolidated their position at the top of the league.

It proved to be a doubly bad weekend for Chiang Mai after Pichit FC had earlier on Saturday won their home match against Singburi FC and thus assumed second position in the league. Only the top two teams will proceed to the regional playoffs at the end of the season.

Chiang Mai’s last fixture before the mid-season break was due to be played on Saturday, May 29 away at struggling Phayao FC. A full update will be provided in next week’s Chiang Mai Mail.

A bright spot for both sets of supporters as the finalists of the Isuzu E Series modeling contest strut their stuff during the half time break.