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‘Tigers’ keep the heat on league leaders

Chantarathit shoots low gross at Alpines Golf Resort

‘Tigers’ keep the heat on league leaders

Jedsadapong Wongkiew

A bumper crowd of more than 5,000 turned up at the 700 Year Anniversary Stadium on June 13 to watch the ‘Lanna Tigers’ of Chiang Mai open the second half of their current Division 2 Northern League campaign with an important 2-0 victory over fellow title rivals Pichit FC.

Chiang Mai FC midfielder Warut Sapso (4) evades the challenge of a Pichit FC defender during the first half of their match at the 700 Year Anniversary Stadium on June 13.

Going into the game, Pichit stood one point ahead of Chiang Mai in the standings with Chianat FC leading the way one point further in front. Chiang Mai knew that a win was vital if they were to maintain their pursuit of a top two finish to reach the end of season play off finals and they were also looking to avenge a 2-1 away defeat to Pichit earlier in the season.

With the crowd giving them full support, the home team took control of the game from the kick-off and they were unlucky not to take the lead in the 8th minute when Panuwat Art-in just knocked the ball wide of the Pichit goal after a clever pass from Chanatpol Sikkhamontol. With the hosts controlling much of the play they came close once more to opening their account in the 21st minute but Ekkarak Thongkrit saw his shot well saved by the Pichit goalkeeper Kamkaew Sopa.

Chiang Mai didn’t have things all their own way however, and on the half hour mark they were lucky not to concede a goal after Cameroon midfielder Minka was caught in possession on the half way line and Kawichai in the Chiang Mai goal had to be alert to keep out a shot from Supakorn Naknoi.

With half time approaching the home team finally made the decisive breakthrough when Sikkhamontol’s beautifully floated corner kick was met by Thongkrit who muscled his way past three defenders to head the ball into the net and start wild celebrations among the home supporters.

The ‘Tigers’ started the second half in more circumspect mood and seemed content to hold onto their one goal lead and play on the counter attack. These were dangerous tactics to employ however and they almost paid dearly for it in the 65th minute but Kawichai was on hand once more to keep out a free kick from Pichit’s Amnaj Rakprasert.

Eventually the visitors began to tire and as the gaps opened up Chiang Mai were able to hit their opponents on the break with both Vincent and Sikkhamontol having shots well saved by the Pichit goalkeeper before the former two finally combined to put the game out of reach in the 85th minute with a headed goal from Vincent following a fine cross from Sikkhamontol.

Following the final whistle, first half goal scorer Ekkarak Thongkrit was voted the man of the match for his all round contribution and the win sees Chiang Mai move back into second place in the league, just one point behind leaders Chainat FC.

The ‘Lanna Tigers’ were due to take on fourth placed Phrae United in a difficult away fixture this past weekend and this coming Sunday at 6 p.m. will play Sukhothai FC at the 700 Year Anniversary Stadium in Chiang Mai.

‘Tiger’ fans celebrate victory over their close rivals

Chantarathit shoots low gross at Alpines Golf Resort

The winners of the seventh round of the Chiang Mai Golf Festival 2010 Championship pose with their trophies at the Alpines Golf Resort in Chiang Mai.

Jedsadapong Wongkiew

The seventh round of the Chiang Mai Golf Festival 2010 Championship took place on June 12, at the Alpines Golf Resort in Chiang Mai.

The Overall Low Gross score came from Sudsiam Chantarathit with a fine round of 73 off his Handicap of 7. In the A Flight the Low Gross award went to Somsak Chartmontri (H/cap 9) with a round of 74 and the Net prize was picked up by Mr. Thanom (7) with a net 70.

Into the B Flight and Wiwat Kosithsakulchai (15) recorded the Low Gross round of 80 while the Net prize went to Mr. Si Yuan (10) with a net 70.

Paweenwatch Polnikorn (19) was the top dog in the C Flight with a Low Gross round of 83 and Pawaris Kuwangkhadilok recorded the best Net score of 70.

In the Ladies Flight it was Rattana Sabaichit (24) who proved herself to be the strongest player on the day with a Gross score of 94 while Mukda Nittayasith (24) picked up the Net award with a return of net 71.

The eighth and penultimate round of the Chiang Mai Golf Festival was due to take place this past weekend, on June 19, at Star Mo Golf Club in Chiang Mai and the final of the tournament will be held this coming Saturday at the Chiang Mai Inthanon Golf Resort. For more information, go to