Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Bangkok United 0-1 Ratchaburi

A last gasp goal from Ratchaburi inflicted a 1-0 victory over 10 men Bangkok United at the Thai-Japanese Stadium. It was slightly harsh on the home side as they'd fought bravely and seemed the more likely winners in the second half despite being a man short.

Strangely enough, in the first 45 minutes, Ratchaburi were the better side when it was 11 v 11. Douglas and Chitpon went closest for Ratchaburi in the opening period as the Dragon's play had more intensity about it than their hosts.

On 43 minutes, Bangkok United were reduced to 10 men when Alef was sent off for receiving two yellow cards within the space of a couple of minutes.

The visitors for some reason were subdued in the second half as Romain Gasmi began to stamp his authority on the game. An inswinging free kick midway through the half evaded everyone in the box and hit the post, and a defence splitting pass from Gasmi was blazed over the bar by Chatchai minutes later.

Just as the Angels looked to have earned a hard fought point, they were hit with a sucker punch when Ratchaburi's captain, Prayad, headed in at the near post from a 93rd minute corner to win the points for the Dragons.

I'm sure both clubs will be aiming to be in the promotion shake up come the end of the season. If Ratchaburi play like they did in the first and likewise Bangkok United in the second, then I'm certain the pair of them will be pressing for a top three finish. However, if you reverse the halves, then I'd reckon it will be mid-table finishes for the two sides.

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