Team Thailand has grabbed their first hockey win of the year, defeating Macau by a score of 4-1 on Tuesday to earn three points at the Challenge Cup of Asia.
In a battle between the two weakest teams at the tournament, there wasn’t a whole lot to expect. Macau’s most recent contest saw them drop a 30-0 decision, the highest of the tournament to date. Thailand, on the other hand, played to a 9-0 smokefest against the hosts from Taipei City, the second biggest deficit of the event to date.
Regardless of previous action, the two teams came in to the game knowing that this game could have been the difference between finishing 4th and finishing dead last in 5th. With that in mind, Thailand’s Arhit Thamwongsin got the ball rolling with a goal 10:50 into the contest, giving the team in the darker jerseys the 1-0 lead. The game winning goal was scored six minutes after that as Tewin Chartsuwan fired one past Chan Wa Tong, giving Thailand the 2-0 lead.
Thailand was able to score an additional two goals in the second frame, a period that saw the team fire 24 shots towards Wa Tong. Macau was able to get one of their own in the third, as Katsuyoshi Shinoda gave his country just their second goal of the tournament, but at that point it was too late as Thailand finished with the 4-1 victory.
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