Shattered Glass lack cutting edge

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Updated: May 8, 2016
Jaycee John Bangkok United

Another week, another grinding 1-0 away win for Bangkok United.

Mano Polking’s men have learnt to win ugly, but they rode their luck in a game where Bangkok Glass blew several gilt-edged chances, the main culprit star striker Ariel Rodriguez.

The Angels boss won’t care about that as his side showed their mettle against one of the league’s big boys to retain their slender lead over free-scoring Muangthong United at the top of the table.

While Ariel’s silky finishing deserted him, United’s star man Mario Durovski was largely anonymous, subbed off in the second half as United looked to shore the game up.

Instead, it was the more prosaic qualities of hulking centre-forward Jaycee John (pictured scoring above), who put in a tireless shift and took his goal well, that stood out for the Angels.

Central midfielders Anthony and former Glass man Sanrawat Dechmitr, until the latter was replaced second half, also put in a sterling display in front of the back three, controlling the first half until the home side awoke from their slumber and rallied with renewed purpose after the break.

As for Glass, they will need to become more clinical if they are achieve their aim of a top-three place, and will reflect on a game they should have at the very least got a point from.

In a rocking, packed out Leo Stadium, with both sets of fans making good noise, United largely controlled the first half, despite Glass wasting several good chances.

Both teams employing similar 3-5-2 formations, it was congested in the middle of the park, with space to be found out wide.

Early on the best chance for Glass fell to big No.9 Surachart Sareepim, who nodded a free header from yards out straight at the keeper.

United took the lead on the 22nd minute. Jaycee John found space about 25 yards out, and with his right instep, placed his shot past the flailing left hand of Glass’ keeper, who probably should have done better.

Minutes later, Glass’ Darko Tasevski hit the outside of the post when put through on the right hand side, before Ariel blazed over minutes before the half-time whistle when he should have at the very least hit the target.

In the second half, the Glass Rabbits came out with renewed vigour, the inventive Toti having come on in place of Tasevski. But it was pacy Namibian striker Lazarus Kaimbi who wasted a golden chance minutes into the second half. Slid in by Ariel, he somehow contrived to miss the target altogether, skewing his left-foot shot horribly past the keeper’s left hand post.

The second half followed a pattern of Glass pressing for the equaliser, with United happy to sit on their lead, though offering a sporadic threat on the break.

In the 73rd minute Ariel latched onto a cross from the right, but his sharp near post shot sailed harmlessly over. Minutes later, he had his best chance of the game. Through one-on-one with the keeper, his tame left foot shot was easily saved. The limp attempt summed up Glass’ evening in front of goal.

That proved to be Glass’ last real chance, and despite huffing and puffing, they created nothing of note in the last 10 minutes.

For Bangkok Glass, this was a demoralising defeat which will play on the mental scars from last season, namely that they just fall a bit short when it really matters.

But the Angels’ impressive season thus far continues, and they rightly won’t care a jot how it looked.

 

Leo Stadium – May 8, 2016 (8pm)

Bangkok Glass 0-1 Bangkok United

                                   Jaycee John 22

Picture credit: Bangkok United

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