Monday, October 3, 2011

Weekend Review 1-2 October

Navy 0-1 Bangkok Glass
Samut Songkhram 1-3 Muangthong
BEC Tero 0-2 Police
CR Utd 1-1 Khon Kaen
TTM Pichit 2-0 Thai Port
Army 1-0 TOT
Sriracha 0-1 Pattaya

Robbie Fowler kicked off his coaching career at Muangthong with a comfortable 3-1 victory at Samut Songkhram. Muangthong are now 9 points behind Buriram PEA with a game in hand. Also on Saturday, Bangkok Glass strengthened their grip on 4th place with a hard fought 1-0 victory at Siam Navy.
Army United can breathe a sigh of relief as they won their first game in 3 months. That victory lifts them 8 points away from the drop zone. The league table now suggests that any 3 from Samut Songkhram, TOT, Sriracha, Navy and Khon Kaen will be playing Division 1 football next season.
Some pessimistic Thai Port fans might disagree with the above statement as their side failed to find the net again in a meek 2-0 loss at TTM Pichit. The Khlong Toei side have only picked up 4 points from a possible 24. That certainly is relegation form.
BEC Tero lost their 5th home game of the season 2-0 to Police United. Coincidentally, that was Police United’s 5th away success this term.

Division 1
Chantaburi 1-2 Raj Pracha*
SP Customs 0-2 Air Force
Thai Honda 1-2 Chainat
Bangkok FC 3-4 Suphanburi
Chiang Mai 1-1 Phuket
Saraburi 0-0 Buriram
PTT Rayong 2-1 BBCU
Songkla 2-0 JW Rangsit
Bkk Utd 1-5 RBAC

PTT Rayong inflicted BBCU's 4th defeat of the season with a 2-1 victory. If Songkla win their two games in hand, they'd close the gap on BBCU to only 4 points. BBCU's next 2 games are home games against the bottom 2 sides Thai Honda and Chiang Mai. Two wins are a must for the Pink Power.
The surprise result of the weekend was Bangkok United 1-5 RBAC. All six goals were scored at the same end of the arena as RBAC lambasted Bangkok United with a 5 goal second half blitz.
Bangkok FC, JW Rangsit and Customs all lost, so it's as you were in the places just above the relegation zone.
*I'm not sure if the 2-1 result between Chantaburi and Raj Pracha stood. The game was abandoned in the 89th minute as Chantaburi staged a 'walk off.' They were unhappy that a foul wasn't awarded to their keeper when Raj Pracha scored their second goal. Personally, I'd award the game to Raj Pracha and then dock Chantaburi 10 points for their petulant behaviour.

EDIT: Chantaburi were fined 50,000 Baht and a 2-0 win was awarded to Raj Pracha.

Division 2 (Bangkok)
Nth Bkk 1-0 Raj Vithi
Luk Issan 1-6 SPK Utd
Jamjuree 3-0 Globex
Thai Fleet 1-0 Kasem Bundit
Prachinburi 3-0 NSRU
Thanyaburi Asia Utd 2-2 Mapthaput Rayong
Nontaburi 3-3 Kasetsart
Bkk Christian 1-1 Assumption Thonburi

There was no last day drama in Bangkok Division 2 as the promotion places had already been claimed by Kasetsart and North Bangkok prior to the final game. For the rest of the sides there will now be a 3-4 month layoff until next season commences. Kasetsart and North Bangkok will find out their fate on Wednesday when the Div. 2 Champions League draw is made in Ratchaburi.

Toyota League Cup - Last 4 (2nd leg)
Chonburi 3-2 PEA Buriram (3-3)
Buriram PEA booked their place in the Toyota League Cup final despite losing 3-2 at Chonburi. PEA's first leg 1-0 win ensured that they progressed on the away goals rule. It was a brave effort from the Sharks as they played the majority of the game with only 10 men after a first half sending off.
PEA Buriram will play Thai Port in the final at the Supalachasai Stadium on 15th October. The final last year was contested between the same two teams. Thai Port won that one 2-1. On current form, Buriram PEA will start as very strong favourites.

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