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  • July 5, 2013
  • • 19:30
  • • Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore
  • Referee: A. Bin Abdul Bashir

Theerawekin inspires Rams to stunning comeback in dream debut

Theerawekin inspires Rams to stunning comeback in dream debut

Sam Chow

Aided by the irrepressible Korean duo of Moon and Chang, the Thai midfielder marked his return to the S.League in style as he notched two goals to down the Bruneian visitors

It was goals galore at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Friday night as Woodlands Wellington romped to an impressive 5-2 victory over Brunei DPMM.

It was an unimaginable scoreline as the Rams had trailed by two goals in the opening 17 minutes of the match, before debutant Theerawekin Seehawong started the comeback.

It only took the visitors six minutes to open the scoring through Joao Moreira, who took advantage of a defensive lapse at the back and executed an acrobatic half-volley in the six-yard box.

DPMM doubled their lead 11 minutes later as the Woodlands defence were caught napping at a corner kick, and Rodrigo Tosi turned his marker to slam a low drive past Yazid Yasin in goal.

Despite falling behind, the Rams did not let their game down and were the better of the sides with Theerawekin leading the pack with his creativity and nifty footwork in the middle of the field.

The former Gombak United midfielder led the comeback in the 28th minute when he chested down a cross from Moon Soon Ho in the penalty box before slamming it home for Woodlands' first goal of the night. 

Woodlands got their equaliser 11 minutes before the half-time interval after a nice interchange of passes between Atshushi Shimono, Theerawekin and Cho Sunghwan ended with the latter laying off the ball for Chang Jo Yoon to drive into the bottom corner.

The second half saw the collapse of the reigning League Cup champions, who were no match for the tactical discipline shown by Salim Moin’s side. 

Six minutes after the break, Sallehuddin Damit allowed himself to be dispossessed by Moon Soon Ho at the edge of the box and with only the goalkeeper to beat, the South Korean made no mistake as he coolly slotted home to give his side a 3-2 lead.

Seemingly upset with his defenders’ mistake, Vjeran Simunic swiftly replaced the 40-year-old with Azwan Ali. 

But the substitution counted for nothing as DPMM went further behind midway through the second half, with the confident Rams not putting a foot wrong in the game.

In the 75th minute, Moon’s shot was palmed away by Wardun Yussof but he managed to cut the rebound back for Chang, who made it 4-2 to Woodlands from close range. 

The rout was completed nine minutes before time when Theerawekin took advantage of a chaotic situation in the DPMM box after Chang's shot was parried and scuffed the rebound past Wardun.

With the win, Woodlands stay in sixth in the table but moved three points ahead of Harimau Muda, while DPMM remain in the bottom half of the table in eighth position.