Song Lam went ahead after eight minutes with Fagan Diego’s goal. He met a quick free-kick from Derron Hodges and beat Dong Thap goalie Tan Truong with his close range strike.
Then Hodges missed a real chance to score in the 17th minute when his 5-metre shot was over the crossbar. One minute later, Hodges headed in to make it 2-0.
The guests got a penalty as Trong Hoang was fouled by keeper Tan Truong in one-on-one situation. Nguyen Hoang Helio coolly scored from the penalty spot to widen the gap to 3-0.
After the break, Song Lam continued putting pressure on Dong Thap, producing many chances to score.
Just one minute into the second half, Fagan fired his second goal in the match.
Derron Hodges then completed his hat-trick with two goals in the 56th and 67th minutes.
After the sixth goal, Dong Thap did not give up but intensified their attacks and their efforts paid off. Dong Thap were awarded a penalty in the 82nd minute after Son Ha did handball in the box. Samson fired in from the penalty spot. And Felix tapped in from Samson’s delicious cross in the last minute to narrow the gap to 6-2.
With a big victory over Dong Thap, Song Lam Nghe An solidified their first position with 39 points, seven clear of runners-up Da Nang, who lost 2-1 to Hanoi ACB yesterday.