Chonburi Sharks take the King's Trophy (31/01/2011)

Chonburi Sharks earned an exciting 2-1 victory over arch rivals Muang Thong United to take the King's Trophy at Supachalasai stadium yesterday .

All the goals came in the second half with Suree Sukha (65th) and Ekaphan Inthasen (85) on target for the Sharks and Christian Kouakou (88) replying for the Kirin.

The Thai equivalent of England's Community Shield, the King's Trophy matches the Thai Premier League Champions (Muang Thong) against the FA Cup winners ( Chonburi). When the teams last met Chonburi beat Muang Thong in the Cup final.

Both teams had a number of new players on show with Muang Thong fielding Zesh Rehman, Diarra Ali, Bourbacar Issoufou and Veera Kerdputsa while Chonburi featured Anucha Kitpongsri who played for Pattaya United last season.

It was also former Thailand coach, Brazilian Carlos Roberto Carvalho's first match after taking over at Muang Thong two weeks ago.

Chonburi started off the liveliest side and midfielder Therdsak Chaiman came close with his 17th-minute free-kick hitting the bar.

Muang Thong began to make an impression towards the end of the half with Teerasil Dangda threatening the Chon Buri goal om several occasions, but the game remained 0-0.

Chonburi came out firing in the second half with a great effort by Ekaphan but he was foiled by Kirin keeper Veera Kerdputsa.

The Sharks finally broke through in the 65th minute when Suree banged the ball home after the Muang Thong defence had failed to clear a corner.

Chon Buri continued to pile on the pressure and were rewarded in the 85th minute when Ekaphan showed some good ball control to score from close range to make it 2-0.

Muang Thong battled hard and earned a consolation goal just before the final whistle through Kouakou .

Chonburi coach Jadej Meelarp, said he was very pleased with his team's performance. "We know Muang Thong are a good team so we played carefully, using counter-attacks," he said. "It is a good start to the season for the team."

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