19th June 2022 - 19:45pm Thailand / 13:45pm BST (UK) / 12:45pm GMT - BPL 4
Back at home in a competitive fixture for only the second time this season, Futera United looked to build upon the previous weekend’s avalanche of goals against Siwilai. The NFT communities plans were somewhat derailed prior to kick off with two late withdrawals, Phu out due to a family issue and Eak unluckily picking up an injury in the warm-up.
A heavy deluge prior to kick off had quickened up the luscious Futera Dome turf and the expectant fans were hoping for another goal fest. The community had opted for a more attacking formation of 4-2-3-1 with Gael in that advanced attacking midfield role and Bank and Art on either side, the able Nu deputised at left back. Futera dominated the ball in the opening 10 minutes and it became abundantly clear that Siwilai were not prepared to be anybody's whipping boys, and lined up with a rigid back five who were disciplined and well drilled. In the 15th minute, skipper Jew, thundered a 25 yard drive against the post with the Siwilai keeper well beaten. Ten minutes later a stooping near post header from Bank flew inches over the bar. Siwilai continued to sit very deep and this frustrated our midfield players who continued to try and thread balls through the eye of a needle to no avail. We were unable to utilise our wingers pace and get in behind the tough tackling defence until good work from Tishan played in Gael whose heavy first touch allowed the Siwilai keeper to smother his effort. The half time whistle blew, to cheers from the Siwilai who deservedly went in on level terms.
The second half followed a similar pattern to the first, with Futera United dominating possession but unable to create any clear cut chances against a stubborn Siwilai defence. In the 54th minute, the move of the match, saw a neat one-two between Tishan and Ter allow Pang to unleash a fierce strike into the side netting. Although seemingly controlling the game Futera were always susceptible to the counter-attack, and Siwilai’s impressive number 11, who ploughed a lone furrow throughout the game, had the game’s best chances. A misjudgement from Tewit saw him race clear and fire just wide and an excellent save from Film, foiled the selfless striker once again. With time running out Futera’s efforts became more frantic and Ter turned well in the box and shot over and after the Siwilai keeper had parried a fine effort from Jew, Best dived in bravely at the feet of the centre-back to head fractionally wide for our last chance of the game. The final score ended Futera United 0 - 0 Siwilai.
A frustrating night for Futera who had the lion’s share of possession but were unable to create any real clear cut chances against an excellent Siwilai defence. Maybe we got over complacent after the previous week's emphatic victory but full credit to Siwilai who defended stoically and to a man were well drilled and disciplined. I felt we missed the creative flair of Phu and the excellent deliveries of Eak on the left flank. Although hugely disappointed, we are still unbeaten in the Bangkok Premier League and I firmly believe we are the team to beat. We move on to next week’s fixture against Primera and I'm positive we will get back to winning ways.