Chiang Rai United lift first major trophy

Chiang Rai United lift first major trophy

Rafael Coelho celebrates scoring Chiang Rai’s second goal.

Chiang Rai United’s massive investment at the beginning of the year finally paid off on Saturday night when they beat Bangkok United 4-2 in the FA Cup title showdown to claim their first domestic crown.

The ill-tempered match was evenly poised until Vander Luiz produced two late goals for the northern outfit.

The match at Supachalasai Stadium took a rough turn towards the end as three Bangkok United players — Sathaporn Dangsi, Sorrawat Detchmitr and Ekkachai Sumre — were sent off.

Chiang Rai’s Thitiphan Puangchan also received a red card.

Mario Gjurovski chested a long ball from Ekkachai before tapping it on to Pokklaw A-Nan to score from close range and give Bangkok United the advantage shortly after the five-minute mark.

The Beetles were back on level footing 20 minutes later when Everton Goncalves headed in a Vander cross.

Rafael Coelho tilted the balance in Chiang Rai’s favour, finding the net early in the second half, only to see Nigerian striker Jaycee John equalise in the 71st minute.

Vander then deftly beat an off-side trap to score the third and capped a fine night by converting a penalty to ensure that Chiang Rai took home the last trophy of the season.

Meanwhile, League Cup champions SCG Muang Thong United have renewed the contract of their head coach Totchtawan Sripan for two years.

The new deal is reportedly worth nearly 15 million baht a year.

After signing the agreement on Friday night, Totchtawan said: “At first, I was quite hesitant but after we won the League Cup, I changed my mind.

“I am happy that board retained its confidence in me because we didn’t produce the desired results in the second half of the season.

“My first mission will be to help, the Kirins qualify for the group stage of the AFC Champions League next year and then we will switch our focus to winning the Thai League title.”