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28 October 2009 :: 12:10:57 pm 6483

Phuket Kata Group Cup : First Winning For Robson

Thailand XI will clash with Hoang Anh Gia Lai in the Final
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PHUKET : Bryan Robson made a winning start to his tenure as Thailand national team coach as the 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification hopefuls defeated Myanmar champions Yadanarbon 2-0 in the four-team Phuket Kata Group Cup friendly tournament on Tuesday 27, Oct.

Robson’s first squad consisted of a mixture of senior players preparing for next month’s Qatar 2011 qualifying double-header with Singapore and a contingent of U-23s gearing up for the SEA Games and the former England and Manchester United midfield general was satisfied with the players’ first performance under his charge.

Despite the atrocious condition of the pitch at the Surakul Stadium, Thailand dominated throughout the match and took a 53rd minute lead through a Panupong Wongsa header before Teerathep Winothai added a second with 12 minutes left on the clock.

In the other match, Hoang Anh Gia Lai of Vietnam beat Thai Premier League champions Muang Thong United on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

Robson’s side, comprising national and SEA Games (Under-23) players, were dominant throughout the match.

In an exciting encounter which attracted hundreds of Burmese workers, Yadanarbon got off to a lively start and almost stunned Thailand but a Mathieu shot was saved by goalkeeper Kittisak Rawangpa.

But the Thais soon found their rhythm and piled pressure on the visitors. Anon Sangsanoi missed a good chance when his shot went just over the bar in the 30th minute.

The Burmese tried to stop Thailand with hard tackles and Mathieu came close to scoring late in the first half which eneded in a scoreless draw.

The Thais broke the deadlock after 53 minutes when defender Panupong headed home from close range.

Teerathep put the match beyond any doubt when he gave Thailand a 2-0 lead with a header.

Anon got a couple of chances later on but failed to find the net.

Robson said he was pleased with his men’s performance, particularly their efforts to create scoring chances.

“We created a lot of chances and many players did well and I’m pleased with our passing and attacking game,” said the former England captain.

Suchao Nutnum, left, attempts a high kick as Burmese keeper Yin Min Song punches the ball out.

“Every game is important for me although this was just a friendly game. It gave me confidence in my team and we will continue to work hard.”

In the first match of the tournament., the Vietnamese, Hoang Anh Gia Lai take on the Thailand League champion, Muang Thong United in wet conditions, Muang Thong missed several players who were in the Thailand XI team

The Thailand League champion, Muang Thong United sent the full squad lead by the Ivory Coast’s Soumahoro Yaya and Jetsada Jitsawad. The team also missed several players which were played for the national team.

The HAGL started off well and should have got the goal from Sakda Joemdee, the Thai player who plays for HAGL.

The Muang Thong United got a chance from Soumahoro Yaya and Dagno Siaka but the HAGL defender, Le Wan Jeng cleared it.

The match was played under the rain and the pitch was quite muddy. However, the former V-League champion, HAGL got the goal during the three minutes injury when Jang Mint Thang opened the free kick as the Kirin goalkeeper, Kawin Thammasajjanun cleared but the ball came to HAGL player, Rodrigo Toledo who shot within a few yards to put the HAGL 1-0 lead by the half time.

In the second half, the Kirin, MTU put the full attacking game and became equalized the goal in the 57th minute from the former Anderletch player, Christian Kourku of 1-1.

After tied the goal the MTU put the attacking game and nearly got the goal from Dagno Siaka. The match ended with 1-1 to decide with the penalty shoot-out.

During the penalty shoot-out, the Muang Thong United cannot keep their win after they lost to HAGL in the penalty shoot-out 4-3 with 5-4 on aggregate. Two players that missed the penalty shoot-out were Yaya and Prakasit Sangsuk.

Attapol Bussapakom, the Muang Thong United coach said “We lost because of the pitch was really bad. The HAGL has got a good defence and our players lost their manner during the penalty shoot-out.”

Thailand and Hoang Anh Gia Lai will meet in the final, while Muang Thong and Yadanarbon will play in the third-place play-off on Oct. 29.

The third-place match will kick off at 5pm and the final at 7pm.

Reporter : Jack Rames   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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