Sunday, December 4, 2011

Weekend Review 3-4 December

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

The relegation picture took a new twist after this round of fixtures as TOT defeated Sriracha 1-0 and Siam Navy came from behind to win 2-1 at TTM Phichit. The 386 spectators in Chaeng Wattana had to wait until the 81st minute for Kone Mohammed's penalty spot winner. Navy's 85th minute winner keeps them to within 2 points of safety. Losses for Sriracha and Khon Kaen leaves them both staring ominously at Division 1 football next season. The battle for 2nd place remains as tight as ever after Saturday victories for Chonburi and Muangthong. Chonburi beat Army 2-1 despite playing the majority of the second half with only 10 players, and two early goals for Muangthong saw them comfortably hold off Police Utd in Chainat. The BG fans finally had something to smile about after weeks of misery has surrounded the Leo Stadium. Two second half goals from the Glass Rabbits ensured they completed the double over BEC Tero this season.  On Sunday, the mid-table battle in Klong Toei between Thai Port and Chiang Rai Utd predictably ended with honours even. The 1-1 was the fourth time this season that these two sides have drawn matches with each other.

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

Buriram FC left it late in Suphanburi with two goals just before full time. That victory ensures that the Lava have won promotion to the TPL. To win the title, Buriram only need 6 points from their last five outings. Third placed BBCU were far from convincing as they beat Saraburi 1-0. The Pink Power stay 12 points clear of fourth placed PTT Rayong. At the other end of the table, RBAC and Thai Honda cancelled each other out in a 0-0 draw. The point apiece does neither side much good as Chiang Mai and Bangkok FC both won. The Bulligans 2-1 victory at mid-table Bangkok United lifts them out of the relegation placings as Customs lost at JW Rangsit. Air Force finally returned to action with a 7-0 mauling at Chainat. The rusty Airmen must be looking nervously over their shoulders as they are now only 3 points above the drop zone. 

Division 2 Play-offs
(Group A)
Loei 1-0 Pattalung
Ratchaburi 4-0 Kasetsart
Phitsanoluk 3-1 Phichit

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

Group A has become very interestingly poised after Loei City beat Pattalung 1-0. As expected Ratchaburi were too strong for Kasetsart and likewise Phitsanoluk over Phichit. Ratchaburi now sit top on 16 points followed by Pattalung on 14, Phitsanoluk 13 and Loei 12.

Similarly Group B is curiously balanced after Korat beat Krabi in their own back yard to move one point behind the league leaders. It looks like it's two from three for promotion after Roi Et all but dropped out of the race with a 0-0 in Lamphun. Rayong kept themselves in third place with a 2-1 victory over North Bangkok in neutral Sattahip. With two games remaining Krabi have 17 points, Korat 16, Rayong 14 and Roi Et 10.


  1. It would have been nice if Rayong had dropped some points; however, their win increases the likelihood of Krabi still having something to play for on the last day when they meet Rayong (particularly as Krabi have got Roiet away next). One more win should be enough for us. We'd be very unlucky not to go up with 19 points.

  2. The good thing for you is that Krabi and Rayong clash on the last day. That means dropped points for at least one of them. I'd reckon one more win would be enough for Korat to be promoted.

  3. That's right. I've just sat down and worked it out: if we win this weekend and one of Krabi or Rayong don't then we'll go up.