The Chiang Mai faithful cheer on
the ‘Tigers’ to their ninth successive league win.
League leaders Chiang Mai FC hosted sixth placed
Nakhon Sawan at the 700 Year Anniversary Stadium on Sunday, August 1
with the home team looking to extend their eight match winning streak
that has seen them pull clear at the top of the Northern League Division
Chiang Mai had to make two changes from their usual
starting line-up as midfielder Warut Sapso was suspended for the game
after picking up one too many yellow cards, and they were also unable to
field their influential winger Anucha Chaiyawong through injury. After
being in such scintillating form of late, Anucha’s presence in the
forward line would be sorely missed.
Chiang Mai FC forward Benjamin
(24) celebrates with teammate Sarun Sridech (23) after the two combined
to open the scoring against Nakhon Sawan FC at the 700 Year Anniversary
Stadium in Chiang Mai, Sunday, August 1.
Despite being under strength, the hosts quickly found
their passing rhythm from the kick-off and both Vincent and Wasuwat came
close to opening the scoring, but their efforts flew just wide of the
Nakhon Sawan goal.
Eventually the pressure from the home team told
however, and Ghanaian forward Benjamin Musa was able to break the
deadlock in the 28th minute, heading home a cross from the impressive
It looked like the ‘Tigers’ might have to settle for
just the one goal lead at half time but in the dying seconds of the
first period they scored again when Chanutpol got on the end of a corner
kick to steer the ball home and double the host’s advantage at the
The second half proved to be a much sterner test for
the ‘Tigers’ as Nakhon Sawan threw everything at them in an effort to
get back into the game, and the visitors were rewarded for their
enterprising play with a goal in the 65th minute
from substitute Watchara Rojanakritayakorn. Sathit Pormsema curled a
free kick over the Chiang Mai defensive wall and ‘Tigers’ keeper Phansa
could only palm the ball back across goal where Rojanakritayakorn was
waiting to pounce and reduce the deficit to just one.
The visitors then proceeded to pile on the pressure
as they went searching for an equalizer and it looked as if their
efforts might have been rewarded in the final minute of the game when
Rojanakritayakorn turned the ball into the Chiang Mai net, however the
linesman had flagged for an offside in the build up and the ‘goal’ was
It was a close call for Chiang Mai but they were able
to hold on for their ninth successive league win which leaves them still
four points clear of Chainart at the top of the league standings.
The Tigers were due to play away at Phitsanulok FC
last Saturday, August 7, and will be away again this coming Saturday at
Chainart FC for what could be a potential title decider.