<% Dim oMRTCs, oMRTRs, strSQL set oMRTCs = server.createobject("ADODB.Connection") oMRTCs.Open "Driver={Microsoft Excel Driver (*.xls)}; DBQ=" & Server.MapPath("/season/04-05/data") & "/premtable.xls;" strSQL = "SELECT * FROM [Summary$] ORDER BY Pos ;" Set oMRTRs = oMRTCs.Execute(strSQL) %> ToffeeWeb: Thailand vs Everton -- Pre-Season Friendly 2005-06
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Rajamanagala Stadium, Bangkok Friendly  Wednesday 20 July 2005; 11:45am
 Pitchitpong (8')  Half Time: 1-1   Bent (44')  
Datsakorn, Teeratep, Pichitpong,  Chakrit, Jakrit Penalties: 5-3 Weir, McFadden,  Yobo, Kilbane 
 Attendance: ~3,000 (Pre-Season 3) Referee: Mark Clatenburg

Match Summary

Marcus Bent: Goal!

Everton opened the Premier League Asia Trophy tournament with a game against their hosts, the National Thai Under-23 side in front of a sparsely occupied national stadium.

No sign of Beattie, Davies or Carsley, who are all carrying injuries.  Meanwhile, among the subs for the Thais were Teeratep Winothai and Sompong Soleb, two of the three Chang trainees hand-selected last season to spend an edifying nine months with the Everton Youth Academy.  Only they ended up on an unnecessary educational course at Meyerscough College and went home after just three months, saying it was all a big disappointment and they were learning nothing!

Ah well... back to the game.  It didn't take long for Thailand to get off the mark, taking cruel and mischievous advantage of the searing heat and oppressive humidity with a great long-range shot from Pitchitpong that flew into the net past Nigel Martyn.

But Marcus Bent got one back just before half-time, slotting his shot past Kosin after picking up on a nice through-ball from Leon Osman.

Nothing much of note in the second half, and so it went to penalties, where Joseph Yobo had his very poor penalty kick saved and while Thais banged in every one of theirs to take the win 5-3 and a place in the final.   And Teeratep Winothai was one of the five successful Thai penalty takers.  Some retribution in there somewhere, one suspects.

Ah well... Everton will now face Manchester City in the play-off for third place at 11:45 BST on Saturday.

Michael Kenrick

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THAILAND (4-4-2)
  Kosin
  Suree
  Prat
  Keatprawut
  Noppol
  Suchao (Chakrit 84)
  Pichitpong
  Datsakorn
  Jakarit
  Suchon
  Tiyawat (Teeratep 70)
  Subs not used
  Narit, Weera, Pada
  Sanasak, Prathun
  Nakarin, Kratkiat
  Artorn, Ekaphan, Panai
  Sompong, Tangouesak

EVERTON (4-4-2)
  Martyn
  Hibbert
  Weir
  Yobo
  Kilbane
  Li Tie (54' Krldrup)
  Arteta (69' Vaughan)
  McFadden
  Osman
  Ferguson (73' Seargeant)
  Bent
Subs not used
  Turner
  Hughes
  Wynne
  Unavailable
  Wright (stayed home)
  Carsley (injured)
  Davies (injured)


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