Monday, December 12, 2011

Weekend Review 10-11 December

TOT 0-0 Sisaket
Khon Kaen 2-2 Muangthong
Sriracha 0-1 Buriram PEA
Samut Songkhram 2-3 TTM Phichit
Chiang Rai 2-1 Osotspa
Police Utd 3-1 Bangkok Glass
BEC Tero 0-0 Thai Port
Army 2-0 Navy
Chonburi 2-2 Pattaya

Buriram PEA only require six points to be crowned TPL champions after Franck Ohandza's netted the only goal of the game in their 1-0 win at Sriracha. Muangthong United looked to be comfortably holding out for a victory at Khon Kaen as they held a 2-0 lead in the 89th minute. However some unconvincing goalkeeping proved costly for MTU as two injury time goals salvaged the league's bottom side a point. In the Eastern Seaboard derby it finished 2-2, while Police United were triumphant in the Pathumthani clash as two early goals helped them see off Bangkok Glass 3-1. The downtown Bangkok derby ended 0-0, and a short distance up the road in Din Daeng, Army won the bragging rights of the military clubs as they beat Navy 2-0. TOT moved up a place to 14th as they shared the spoils with Sisaket at the TOT Stadium.

Division 1
Air Force 0-0 Suphanburi
Chantaburi 0-0 BBCU
Chainat 4-0 Raj Pracha
Saraburi 1-0 JW Rangsit
Chiang Mai 1-2 PTT Rayong
Customs 1-0 RBAC
Thai Honda 0-1 Bangkok United
Buriram FC 7-0 Phuket

Buriram FC are now only one win off being Division 1 title holders after they demolished Phuket 7-0. Chainat's comfortable 4-0 win over Raj Pracha leaves the Hornbills on the brink of promotion. One point from their last four games will guarantee TPL football for Chainat. Similarly, BBCU only need 4 points to confirm their place in the top flight after they earned a decent point down in Chantaburi. A point for Air Force halted their three game losing streak and with games in hand over their relegation opponents, the Blue Eagles should just about have enough to stay up. An injury time winner for Customs over RBAC lifted them out of the relegation zone above Bangkok FC as the Bulligans had the weekend off. Division 1 will shortly be saying "adios" to RBAC and Thai Honda as they are all but mathematically down after they both suffered 1-0 losses on Sunday.

Division 2 Play-offs
(Group A)
Kasetsart 1-1 Loei City
Phitsanoluk 2-3 Ratchaburi
Phichit 4-2 Pattalung

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

Ratchaburi and Korat reserved their places in Division 1 next year as both sides racked up away victories. The two teams from the south, Krabi and Pattalung, were looking nailed on for promotion a couple of weeks ago, but the "jitter bugs" have set in and the southern duo need home victories next weekend to secure the second promotion berths.
It was an entertaining round of fixtures in Group A. Ratchaburi were always in control after they raced into a two goal lead in the first 10 minutes at Phitsanoluk. In the day's earlier game, Loei City blew their promotion chances as they could only draw 1-1 at struggling Kasetsart. Pattalung could have been promoted if they had beaten Phichit, but they lost their second successive game in the north. Nonetheless, Pattalung will go into the last round of fixtures as favourites to join Ratchaburi in Division 1 with a home game against Kasetsart surely a home banker.
Surprise package Korat, booked their spot in the 2012 Division 1 with a 2-0 away win over North Bangkok. They jumped over Krabi to the summit of the group as the Andaman Eagles could only take a point in Roi Et. Krabi now sit one place and one point above Rayong after the Wild Horses edged out Lamphun, and the winner of next week's clash between the pair, will join Korat in the first division next term.

Group A Standings: Ratchaburi 19, Pattalung 14, Loei 13, Phitsanoluk 13, Phichit 10, Kasetsart 5
Group B Standings: Korat 19, Krabi 18, Rayong 17, Roi Et 11, Nth Bkk 5, Lamphun 4

Midweek Fixtures (All Wednesday)
Chonburi v Sriracha
Muangthong v Navy
Khon Kaen v BEC Tero

Division 1
Raj Pracha v Bangkok FC
Saraburi v Songkla

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