Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Weekend Review 2-5 September

World Cup Qualifiers - Round 3
Australia 2-1 Thailand
Oman 0-0 Saudi Arabia 
Thailand v Oman (Tues)
Saudi Arabia v Australia (Tues)

As I'm sure you already know, Thailand fought bravely against the Socceroos, but conceded a late goal to lose 2-1. In the other game, Oman and Saudi Arabia fought out a stalemate.
Oman may settle for another point tonight at the Rajamangala Stadium. From a Thai perspective a win is essential. A draw against Oman would leave Thailand with an uphill task to qualify for the next stage.

Division 1
Chantaburi 0-2 Bangkok United
Chiang Mai 1-0 Thai Honda

Bangkok Utd sprang a minor surprise as they won 2-0 at in-form Chantaburi. The Angel's 4 game losing streak came to an end with second half goals from Jang Gil Yeong and Miroslav Toth.
An Evans Mensah goal 13 minutes from time meant Thai Honda left Chiang Mai pointless. The Speed Kings are slowly drifting towards Division 2 football next season.

Division 2 (Bangkok)
Thai Airways Luk Issan 1-2 NSRU
Kasem Bundit 0-2 North Bangkok
Thai Fleet 0-2 Mapthaput Rayong
Raj Vithi 0-1 Kasetsart
Nontaburi 3-2 Prachinburi
Globex 1-2 Samut Prakarn Utd
Bkk Christian 1-2 Thanyaburi Asia Utd
Jamjuree 1-0 Assumption Thonburi

Unless Kasetsart have a massive self-implosion, their 1-0 victory at Raj Vithi should be good enough to ensure that they make the division 2 play-offs. Each side had a player sent off in the first half. Raj Vithi's keeper was ordered off for handling outside the box while Kasetsart's was for a high challenge.
Second placed Samut Prakarn United beat Globex 2-1 on Monday evening to remain in second place.
North Bangkok kept in check with a 2-0 victory at Kasem Bundit. That was the Intellectual Light's third consecutive home defeat.
An eventful game at Nontaburi saw the Eka come back from 2-0 down to salvage a 3-2 victory. Last week Kasem Bundit players walked off the pitch for 15 minutes when a penalty was awarded against them. Sadly it happened again this week after the Prachinburi players and coaching staff disagreed with the awarding of a penalty to Nontaburi.They eventually returned to the field and the delay seemed to affect the penalty taker as his spot kick went wide of the goal. In the second half, a player from each side was red carded by the referee after a melee just outside the Nontaburi penalty box.

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