Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Thai FA Cup - Round 2

Pattalung v Supanburi
PTT Rayong v Sriracha
Air Force v Songkla
RBEC v Ratchaburi
Bangkok Utd v Thai Honda
Paknampo NSRU v Rayong FC
Hat Yai FC v Krung Thonburi
Siam Navy v Ayuttaya
Maptaphut Rayong v Korat
Trat v FC Phuket

(Wednesday 16 May)
JW Rangsit v Krabi
Ratchapreuk College v Bangkok FC
Khon Kaen v Pattaya City
Raj Pracha v Chantaburi

The first division sides enter Round 2 of the FA Cup. As is customary at this stage of the competition, the underdogs take their 15 minutes in the limelight. In the UK this usually involves a TV interview with a local celebrity as he walks down the High Street talking to bemused shoppers.
Amateur club Pattaya City produced the shock result of Round 1 as they beat the current North East Division 2 champions, Roi Et United, on penalties. This time they travel back up to the north-east to face Khon Kaen. Beating the T-Rex might be a tough ask but the cup romantics amongst us would love to see City advance to Round 3 and draw their neighbors, Pattaya United, in the third round.
The other non-league side, Ratchapreuk College, will have to wait until next Wednesday when they host Bangkok FC. The Bulligans have invested heavily in their squad and it would be a major scalp for the college side to beat the first division club.
The Maptaphut Rayong v Korat match will go ahead today despite the fact that there was a massive explosion and fire at the Maptaphut industrial estate last weekend. Korat have lost their last three league games, and losing to lower league opposition might just be the final nail in the Korat coach's coffin.

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