Early league leaders Port FC also had to struggle for the points against Sukhothai, going behind after nine minutes as John Baggio was able to race in behind the visitor’s defense and dink a neat finish over goalkeeper Rattanai.
However, the Klongtoei lions were gifted a chance to equalize when a handball call went against Sukhothai defender Narongrit Boonsuk, and Sergio Suarez stepped up to level the scoring. Heberty Fernandes came close to giving his side a lead just before half time with a classic low free-kick, but it was eventually saved by goalkeeper Peerapong Ruenin.
Heberty was given the chance to score when goalkeeper Peerapong clattered into Adisak Kraisorn, and the Brazilian made no error in scoring his fourth goal in just three games this season. This result is a major vindication for the side, as they were able to grind out a result on the road while not playing at their best.
Another side that will return home with pride is Bangkok United, as they come off the back of two consecutive away wins against tough opponents. Having only picked up one point from a possible six against Muangthong and Samut Prakan on the road last season, the Angels did a clean sweep with two consecutive 2-1 wins, holding out and controlling games in a way that bodes well for them this season.
Muangthong United finally collected their first points of the campaign, away against Rayong FC. It took until half time for the visitors to find the net, with Saharat Kanyaroj’s cross from a free-kick being mishandled by Laotian keeper Outthilath Nammakhoth, opening up the floodgates for goals from Derley and Sundy Wonderee, with the latter making his first appearance for the senior side.
Elsewhere, defending champions Chiangrai United returned to form with a 3-0 win over Trat FC, who remain winless at the bottom of the table. BG halted Police Tero’s perfect start to the season with a win of the same scoreline, while Suphanburi beat Prachuap 1-0 at home and Chonburi roared back from going a goal behind against Nakhon Ratchasima to win 3-1.