Monday, March 19, 2012

Opening TPL & Div 1 Review

Buriram United 3-1 Chiang Rai United
Pattaya United 0-0 Samut Songkhram
Muangthong 2-1 BEC Tero
Chonburi 4-0 Thai Port
Bangkok Glass 2-0 Wuachon Utd
Army Utd 1-1 Chainat
Police 0-0 TTM
Osotspa Saraburi 2-1 TOT
BBCU 1-0 Isan Utd

The three pre-season title favorites all opened their 2012 campaigns with home wins. Buriram United and Chonburi both had comfortable starts with victories over Chiang Rai United and Thai Port respectively. It wasn't plain sailing for Muangthong United as their game with BEC Tero provided two red cards and some late drama. Datsakorn's 35 yard rasper midway through the second period seemed to have earned the Kirins the 3 points until Khaled's 89th minute spot kick levelled matters. Within two minutes, the home side restored their lead and secured the points when Dagno Siaka headed home from a corner. Youngsters Thitiphan and Gilbert Koomson were both dismissed on 75 minutes as each side finished a man short.
It was a mixed start for the three promoted clubs. The Fighting Bulls (Wuachon) were tamed by Bangkok Glass while Chainat earned a reasonable point at Army. BBCU, who were cheered on by plenty of Sisaket FC fans, opened up with a 1-0 win over Isan United at the Rajamangala Stadium.
The games between Pattaya v Samut Songkhram and Police v TTM both ended in goalless stalemates and Osotspa beat TOT 2-1 in Saraburi.

Division 1
Krabi 2-1 Bangkok FC
PTT Rayong 2-1 Siam Navy
Songkla 2-0 Chantaburi
JW Rangsit 0-0 FC Phuket
Raj Pracha 1-3 Ratchaburi
Korat 2-1 Air Force Utd
Bangkok Utd 2-4 Pattalung
Khon Kaen 2-1 Saraburi FC
Suphanburi 2-0 Sriracha

Saturday's action began with Ratchaburi flexing their muscles to claim a 3-1 victory at Raj Pracha. The Dragon's debutant, Douglas Gardozo, netted two goals as did Krabi's pint-sized Laotian forward, Soukaphone, as the southern new boys beat Bangkok FC 2-1. PTT Rayong needed a 94th minute winner to edge out Siam Navy while the neglected sides of Songkla and Phuket will be happy with their opening day returns.
The following day Pattalung and Korat joined Krabi and Ratchaburi to complete a quartet of wins for the newly promoted sides. Korat had to come from behind with Anon's brace helping the Swatcats beat Air Force 2-1. Pattalung's Siwapoong fired an opening day hat-trick for the Swiftlets as they produced the shock result of the round with a 4-2 at Bangkok United.
Pre-season favorites Suphanburi beat Sriracha 2-0 with both goals coming from ex-Thai international Pipat. Khon Kaen were the only one of the three relegated sides to collect any points with a 2-1 win over Saraburi FC.

Division 2 Bangkok
Rangsit FC 1-1 Nontaburi
Kasetsart 0-0 Samut Prakarn Utd
Samut Sakhon 2-0 Assumption Thonburi
Customs Utd 0-2 Prachinburi FC
Chamchuri Utd 2-0 Krung Thonburi
North Bangkok 0-0 R-BEC
Cental Lions 1-3 Luk Isan
Bangkok Christian 1-1 Thai Honda
Globex 0-0 Kasem Bundit

Chamchuri moved four points clear at the summit of the league as their closest rivals, North Bangkok and R-BEC, cancelled each other out with a 0-0 draw. The Chula side had earlier taken care of business with a routine 2-0 victory over Krung Thonburi. Samut Sakhon's 2-0 win over Assumption enabled them to leapfrog over the drawing pair of North Bangkok and R-BEC into second place.
Bangkok Christian finally broke their early season losing streak with a share of the points at home to Thai Honda. They moved level on points with Assumption Thonburi, but remain in bottom spot due to having inferior goal difference.

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