Monday, October 17, 2011

Weekend Review 15/16 October

Khon Kaen 2-0 Army
Chonburi 0-0 Police
Muangthong 4-1 Chiang Rai
Pattaya 0-0 BEC Tero
TOT 2-1 Navy

Robbie Fowler earned his first home win as Muangthong coach and also netted his first goal in MTU colours with a header in the opening period. The Qilins moved to within 6 points of Buriarm PEA as they cruised to a 4-1 over Chiang Rai United.
At the deserted IPE Stadium in Chonburi, Police United earned a decent point as the Sharks title bid appears to be a now distant memory. Bottom placed Khon Kaen achieved a rare victory with two second half goals to defeat Army United while TOT moved out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 home win over Siam Navy. In the other game, Pattaya drew 0-0 with BEC Tero.

Division 1
Bangkok Utd 3-2 PTT Rayong
RBAC 1-2 Chiang Mai
JW Rangsit 3-2 Bangkok FC
Air Force 0-1 Buriram FC
BBCU 0-0 Thai Honda
Phuket 1-0 Customs
Chainat 5-0 Chantaburi

RBAC's recent good run came to an end as they lost at home to Chiang Mai. JW Rangsit moved out of the relegation placings with a 3-2 over Bangkok FC. Paul Takem and Lee Tuck both netted braces, but it was the JW man who stole the plaudits with an injury time winner.
The curse of the Thai-Japanese Stadium has vanished as Bangkok United finally won a game in Din Daeng at the 24th time of asking. The 3-2 victory was coincidentally the their first match under their new coach.
Only 325 spectators could be bothered to turn up to watch BBCU draw 0-0 with bottom placed Thai Honda. On reading the previous sentence, the vast majority of neutral fans wouldn't shed a tear if BBCU failed to win promotion to the TPL. It wasn't long ago that the Division 1 title was a two horse race between BBCU and Buriram FC. The Lava's latest success was a 1-0 victory at Air Force. To make matters worse for BBCU, Chainat moved into second spot with a 5-0 demolition of Chantaburi.

Division 2 Champions League
(Group A)
Kasetsart 0-1 Pattalung
Ratchaburi 2-0 Phichit
Phitsanoluk 1-0 Loei City 

(Group B)
Roi Et 2-1 Korat
Rayong 0-0 Krabi
Lamphun 0-0 Nth Bangkok 

It was a disappointing opening for Kasetsart as they went down 1-0 at home to Pattalung. Reports indicate that Kaset had more shots and possession but lacked the spark in the final third. In the other two matches Ratchaburi and Phitsanoluk won as predicted, but they were both made to work for their victories by Phichit and Loei City respectively.
Rumours have surfaced today that Roi Et will penalised for breaching the 5 foreign players rule. It would be a shame for the White Squirrels after their impressive 2-1 win over Korat. However, Korat were docked 9 points earlier in the season for fielding an ineligible player, so if Roi Et have broken the rules, they deserved to be punished. The other 2 games ended in 0-0 stalemates.

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