A late strike from Namibian striker Lazarus Kaimbi was enough for Bangkok Glass to defeat Chonburi FC 1-0 in the final of the Thai FA Cup on Sunday night.
After they were pipped to the Thai Premier League title by Buriram United, Chonburi were looking for some silverware to cap their impressive season. They came into the game as hot favourites, with one of the best attacks and defences in the league.
Bangkok Glass, on the other hand, had the worst defensive record in the league, conceding 65 goals in 38 matches. They could only manage a 10th placed finish, on the back of the league’s most potent attack.
Both sides attacked early and had their chances to take the lead, Chonburi through veteran Pipob On-mo and Bangkok through Kaimbi. But despite their best efforts, the teams headed to the break locked at 0-0.
While the teams continued to attack in the second half, neither side could find the breakthrough, and it looked as though the match would head into extra time.
However, nine minutes before full time Kaimbi made the most of a defensive mistake to fire Bangkok into the lead. Despite throwing all they had at Bangkok, the Sharks couldn’t find an equaliser.
The loss is a bitter one for Chonburi after they were pipped for the Thai Premier League title in controversial circumstances by Buriram United.
For Bangkok Glass, it is their first major trophy in their new guise, after they took over the old Krung Thai Bank club in 2009, having only been formed three years earlier in 2006.
After the match Bangkok Glass captain Chartree Chimtalay paid tribute to his team.
“We had been waiting for seven years,” he said.
“This trophy is what we have been waiting for. Every player played their best in this match and I would like to thank everyone, from our supporters to our sponsors.”