Monday, July 30, 2012

Weekend Review 28-29 July

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

Christian Nade's 90th minute penalty winner on the rain soaked Samut Songkhram pitch, has planted the TPL crown firmly into the hands of Muangthong United. The former Heart of Midlothian striker netted for Samut Songkhram after David Bayiha had won his side a penalty kick. It was a bad day all round for the Chonburi Sharks as Suttinan was dismissed on 77 minutes and some of their fans were injured as a bottle throwing contest ensured after the match. I'm sure Chonburi will be glad that they don't have to meet their Mae Klong nemesis again in the TPL this season. As this was happening, Muanthong were enjoying a comfortable evening with their 3-0 victory over TTM moving them eight points clear at the top.

The most bizarre goal of the weekend must be BEC Tero's first against Wuachon. It looked like BEC were supposed to return the ball to Wuachon from a throw in, yet new boy, Wichaya, failed to read the script and took a shot on goal. To rub salt further into the Fighting Bulls' wounds, the shot comically bobbled a couple of times before nestling in the bottom corner of the net.  BEC weren't deterred and went on to win the game 2-1 moving level on points with Buriram United who drew 0-0 at Police United.

Pattaya United continue to slide on a slippery slope as they were held 2-2 at home to Chiang Rai United. The ever reliable Niweat spared the the Dolphin's blushes with a rasping 76th minute free kick to grab an equalizer. That draw takes Pattaya's winless sequence to eight games.

Juninho could be a gem of a signing for BBCU as his late brace at Chainat helped his side to a 3-1 win and hence moved them out of the bottom three. George Ekeh's first goal for BG in the 4th minute was enough to see off Osotspa while TOT jumped back into the top half with a 3-1 win against Esan Utd. Thai Port and Army drew 1-1.

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

Ratchaburi, Suphanburi, Krabi and PTT Rayong all maintained their promotion push with wins while Bangkok United and Sriracha drew 0-0.

It's been a contrasting couple of weeks for Air Force United and Bangkok FC. The Bulligans were buoyed recently by the appointment of Zico as head coach and the acquisition of Jo 5 Yards set pulses racing, yet they've lost their last three without finding the net. The Bulligans are perilously close to the drop zone while Air Force United have collected nine points from the last nine available to move into the top half of the table. Granted the Airmen haven't faced the sternest of opposition in their last three, but they can only beat what's put in front of them.

JW Rangsit and Raj Pracha are becoming detached from the pack and unless things improve they'll be joining Chantaburi in the regional leagues next term. Above them it's tight with only 4 points separating seven clubs between 9th and 15th.

Division 2 BKK
Rangsit FC 0-1 Assumption Thonburi
Kasetsart 2-0 Chamchuri Utd
Samut Prakarn Utd 2-1 Globex
Kasem Bundit 1-1 Luk Esan
Central Lions 1-5 Rayong Utd
Samut Sakhon 1-1 Thai Honda
North Bangkok 6-4 Nonthaburi
Customs Utd 2-3 R-BEC
Bangkok Christian 1-0 Krung Thonburi

Rayong United extended their lead at the top to three points as they beat the hapless Central Lions 5-1. Thai Honda grabbed a late point at Samut Sakhon to stay second while Kasetsart moved third after a routine 2-0 home win over Chamchuri. R-BEC are also firmly in the picture as they continued their good run with a 3-2 at Customs.

And finally, just to confirm that North Bangkok 6-4 Nonthaburi was a football result and not a baseball one.

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