Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Last Game of the TPL Season - Review

Army 1-3 Samut Songkhram
Sriracha 2-0 Navy
Chiang Rai 2-2 Buriram PEA
BEC Tero 2-3 TOT
Pattaya 1-0 Muangthong

It was a high scoring culmination to the season as the last remaining placing of any significance was decided. Siam Navy were confirmed as the third and final team to be relegated from the TPL. The Sattahip based side disappointingly lost 2-0 at Sriracha and they'll join their weekend opponents and Khon Kaen in what will be a competitive 1st Division next season. In all fairness, Navy actually had a decent second half to the season but how they must rue their dreadful start to the campaign.
Samut Songkhram and TOT secured their top flight status with away wins at Army United and BEC Tero respectively. Samut Songkhram comfortably beat a weakened Army side 3-1 while TOT hung on to claim a 3-2 win at Tero.
It was an action packed match between Chiang Rai and Buriram PEA as there were late goals and sending offs. Buriram won the red card count 2-1 but they will have glady taken a point considering Chiang Rai went 2-1 infront in the 94th minute. Buriram equalized in the 96th minute when the unfortunate Pichai sliced the ball into his own net.
Muangthong's dismal season ended with a 1-0 loss at Pattaya. A second half penalty was enough for the Dolphins as they secured a 4th place finish. It wasn't all bad news for Muangthong staff as their absent player-coach, Fowler, will have celebrated Liverpool's 2-1 victory over Man Utd in the FA Cup with his mates back in England. I hope you're taking unpaid leave while you're back home Robbie!!

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