Buriram grab the treble after Cup win (04/02/2012)



Buriram PEA completed a historic treble last night after defeating Thai Port in the League Cup final at Supachalasai stadium.

Goals from Rangsan Vivatchaichok after 21 minutes and Clarence Bintang in the dying moments gave Buriram PEA their third trophy of the season after earlier success in the Thai Premier League and the FA Cup.

It was sweet revenge for the northeastern side who were upset by Port in the final last season.

"It's a dream come true _ we have won three trophies this season," said Buriram PEA chairman Newin Chidchob.

"I am very happy. We have worked very hard in the past two years and achieved great success."

This season was only the club's second as Buriram PEA after Newin took over Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) in 2010. He then moved the club from Ayutthaya to his home province of Buri Ram and changed the name to Buriram PEA.

Buriram PEA coach Attapol Bussapakom said: "We are very happy and we have been rewarded for our hard work. We will have a tougher task next season though as we will also play in the AFC Champions League."

Buriram PEA will become Buriram United next season after they merged with their sister club Buriram FC.

In wet conditions, Buriram PEA and Port had chances early on but the Thunder Castle went ahead in the 21st minute with a Rangsan free-kick.

Port then piled on the pressure and forced Buriram goalkeeper Sivaluk Terdsungnern into action.

Port also went on the attack after the interval as Buriram sat back to protect their lead and patiently await the chance to counter-attack.

Port came close to getting an equaliser when Sarawut Kongcharoen's shot was denied by Sivaluk.

Port threw everything at Buriram but Clarence Bintang finished off the Lions when he fired a shot into an empty net as Port goalkeeper Munze Ulrich went forward.

Buriram PEA won five million baht in prize money while Port received one million. Buriram's Jakkraphan Kaewprom was named the player of the tournament and received a Toyota Camry.

Meanwhile, Pongphan Wongsuwan, former TOT SC and Army United coach, passed away because of of blood infection yesterday, a day after former SEA Games coach Prapol Pongpanich also died.

Source: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/sports/278338/buriram-grab-the-treble-after-cup-win