Monday, December 19, 2011

Weekend Review 17-18 December

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

Congratulations go to Buriram PEA as they sealed the TPL title with an impressive 3-1 win at Army United. The title race has been a forgone conclusion since the first weeks of the season as PEA have been too strong for their rivals. Elsewhere on Saturday, it was a day of drama none more so than the game at the Suzuki Stadium in Sriracha. Bangkok Glass were comfortably 2-0 in control with minutes left on the clock. The Blue Marlins pulled one back from the spot and then amazingly in the 96th minute, Sriracha's keeper, Lucas Daniel, headed the equalizer from a corner. The point practically keeps SriRacha alive. It was also a welcome return to Nong Prue for Pattaya United as they calmly saw off Chiang Rai Utd.
TOT's loss on Saturday was costly as relegation rivals Navy, Samut Songkhram and Khon Kaen all won on Sunday. The T-Rex's 2-1 win at Police was their first away success since the opening day of the season.  A brace from Christian Nade helped Samut Songkhran see off Thai Port while a 93rd goal from Wuttichai earned the spoils for Siam Navy over Osotspa. The race for second place remains close as Muangthong and Chonburi both notched up away wins.

Division 1
Chantaburi 1-2 Air Force
Saraburi 3-1 Chainat
Customs 2-2 Suphanburi
Thai Honda 2-2 Phuket
Chiang Mai 2-0 JW Rangsit
Bangkok FC 4-1 BBCU
Buriram 7-1 Raj Pracha
PTT Rayong 5-0 RBAC
Songkla 0-2 Bangkok United

It was a double day of celebration for the Chidchobs as their younger child, Buriram FC, also wrapped up the title with a 7-1 hammering of Raj Pracha. Songkla's 2-0 home defeat to Bangkok United proved significant as it confirmed Chainat's promotion to the TPL despite the Pink Rangers losing at 3-1 Saraburi. The other side that play in pink, BBCU, are only one win shy of promotion themselves. They'll want to forget yesterday's game at Bangkok FC as they lost 4-1 to the Bulligans. That result moved Bangkok FC onto 35 points along with Air Force United, Suphanburi and Chantaburi. These four sides sit three points above Customs who have 32 points. It was a disappointing result for the Lat Krabang side against Suphanburi as they let a 2-1 lead slip with seconds remaining. It's now appears increasingly likely that Customs will be joining Thai Honda, RBAC and Chiang Mai in the regional leagues next season. Chiang Mai can still mathematically stay up, but they need to win their last two and pray that other results work in their favour. 

Division 2 Play-offs
(Group A)
Pattalung 2-0 Kasetsart
Loei 1-0 Phitsanoluk
Phichit 3-2 Ratchaburi

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

It was a glorious weekend for the south as Pattalung and Krabi both clinched promotion. They'll join fellow southern sides Phuket and Songkla in Division 1 next year.

Pattalung's promotion clincher was far more straight forward than Krabi's. The Swallows eased to a 2-0 win over Kasetsart to join Ratchaburi in advancing from Group A.
Rayong thought they had clinched their place in Division 1 when they took an 89th minute lead at Krabi. It wasn't to be for Rayong as Krabi scrambled a 93th minute goal to claim a point which was good enough to clinch promotion. A crowd of 15,000 turned up at the 80th Birthday Stadium to celebrate Korat's promotion from Divison 2. A second half David Le Bras penalty was the only goal of the game as the natives of Korat partied the night away.

Final Standings:
(Group A) Ratchaburi 19, Pattalung 17, Loei 16, Phitsanoluk 13, Phichit 13, Kasetsart 5
(Group B) Korat 22, Krabi 18, Rayong 18, Roi Et 11, Nth Bangkok 6, Lamphun 5

Wednesday Fixtures
Buriram PEA v BEC Tero
TTM Phichit v Muangthong
Sisaket v Chonburi
TOT v Police ( I've seen this listed for 21 Dec & 7 Jan - not sure which date is correct)

(Div 1)
Air Force v Raj Pracha
Phuket v Suphanburi

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