Monday, June 4, 2012

Weekend Review 2-3 June

Chainat 0-3 Buriram Utd
Bangkok Glass 0-0 TOT
Thai Port 0-1 Isan Utd
BEC Tero 1-1 BBCU
Samut Songkhram 1-0 Osotspa Saraburi
TTM P-P Army Utd
Chiang Rai Utd 1-1 Wuachon Utd
Police 1-2 Chonburi
Pattaya Utd 0-1 Muangthong Utd

Muangthong negotiated a difficult hurdle with a 1-0 win at Pattaya. Mario Gjurovski's late availability proved pivotal as it was his sweetly struck free kick in the first half that won the game. It's just as well that he scored as we would have had another 'egg on the face' moment for the Thai referees as the initial foul appeared to have been committed inside the box. Anyway who needs a spot kick when Super Mario, as he's predictably been dubbed, can bend it like Beckham.

Buriram United are purring again after they brushed aside Chainat 3-0. Frank Achaempong was yet again the chief tormentor of the opposition as he helped himself to two goals. Suchao's late dismissal took a bit of shine of the win as Buriram continue to reclimb the table.

Any title expectations harbored by BEC Tero and Bangkok Glass appear to be quickly fading as the pair dropped points at home. The inconsistent Glass Rabbits and TOT fought out a drab 0-0 draw while BEC Tero threw away a 1-0 lead with some sloppy late defending to allow an improving BBCU a point. Chonburi took advantage of the slip ups and are now just behind BG and BEC in the table following their 2-1 comeback over Police United.

The Raging Mackerels (from Wikipedia) won their first game since March beating Osotspa 1-0. That win lifted them off the foot of the league above Thai Port and TTM. Thai Port lost 1-0 to Isan while the TTM v Army game in Chiang Mai was rained of. 

The most bizarre club in the league has to be Wuachon United. Last week 25,000 home fans vanished into thin air and this week it was players disappearing as they finished the game with 8 men against Chiang Rai United. Aron Da Silva gave the visitors the lead but that was cancelled out as Chiang Rai levelled after an incredibly soft penalty award. Kone Seydou, Phuritad and Da Silva were then all dismissed for receiving two yellows. Having watched the highlights clip, I've got a degree of sympathy for Wuachon as the referee appeared to go on an unnecessary booking spree.

Division 1

Bangkok FC 2-2 Bangkok Utd
Khon Kaen 0-1 Korat
Suphanburi 1-0 Raj Pracha
Sriracha 3-1 JW Rangsit
Saraburi 3-3 Songkla
Pattalung 1-4 PTT Rayong
Ratchaburi 4-2 Siam Navy

Leaders Ratcahaburi extended their winning sequence to five as they beat Siam Navy 4-2. The Bangkoks shared four second half goals as they drew 2-2 in Bang Mot. The point kept United in second while FC moved into 13th. Lee Tuck's 79th minute goal lifted him back to pole position in the Division 1 goalscoring charts.
Suphanburi moved back into the promotion places after they edged out Raj Pracha 1-0 while Sriracha linger close on their heels as they eased past JW Rangsit 3-1
Reuther Moreira's tenure at Korat got off to a wining start as they beat north-eastern rivals Khon Kaen 1-0. Prompong's goal at the beginning of the second period ensured that the Swatcats moved level on 18 points with Khon Kaen. Another side on 18 points, Songkla, grabbed a late point in Saraburi with Sirot weighing in with a treble for them in the 3-3 draw.
Plummeting Pattalung lost again this time 4-1 at home to PTT Rayong. The Swiftlets were flying high at the beginning of the season but are now only one point off the relegation zone. It looks like they'll be making a swift return to the regional leagues if this poor form continues.

Division 2 Bangkok
Rangsit FC 3-1 Bangkok Christian
Samut Prakarn Utd 1-1 Thai Honda
Kasem Bundit 0-0 Central Lions
Luk Esan 0-3 Kasetsart
R-BEC 1-2 Rayong Utd
Assumption Thonburi 0-0 Krung Thonburi
Globex 1-3 Customs Utd
North Bangkok 2-0 Samut Sakhon
Nonthaburi 1-3 Chamchuri Utd

As we reach the half way stage in Division 2, the teams occupying the playoff spots are Samut Sakhon, Rayong Utd and Thai Honda. After a dawdling start, Kasetsart have hit form lately and picked up their 16th point out of a possible 18 as they beat Luk Esan 3-0. They sit just outside the Top 3 in fourth.
At the bottom end of the table, it's been grim viewing for the fans of Assumption, Bangkok Christian and Nonthaburi. Things can only get better when the second leg commences in a fortnight.

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