Monday, August 13, 2012

Weekend Review 11-12 August & Midweek Fixtures

Buriram Utd 7-2 Chainat
TOT 3-2 Bangkok Glass
Esan Utd 2-1 Thai Port
BBCU 2-2 BEC Tero
Osotspa Saraburi 0-1 Samut Songkhram
TTM 2-2 Army Utd
Wuachon 2-2 Chiang Rai Utd
Chonburi 1-0 Police
Muangthong 3-2 Pattaya

It's was a high scoring Saturday with no fewer than 21 goals being scored in four matches. Buriram United enjoyed their biggest win of the season as they thumped Chainat 7-2. Ekkachai weighed in with a hat-trick as Chainat had Kraikiat dismissed shortly before the interval. It should be noted that the Hornbills were already 3-0 down by this stage.
BEC Tero managed to erase some of the misery of Wednesday's capitulation to Osotspa as the Fire Dragons earned a 2-2 draw with BBCU. Juninho's 78th minute penalty grabbed a point for the Pink Panthers and it maintained his goal per game ratio with five from five now.
The Esan Utd v Thai Port match was a lively encounter which left Port fans tearing their hair out at the end. Both sides missed penalties before Watson made it third time lucky when his spot kick gave the Bangkok side the lead on the hour. Within a couple of minutes, Esan Utd were reduced to 10 men yet they fought back against the odds with two quick goals around the 80 minute mark to complete the double over Port.
As reported earlier, Bangkok Glass shot themselves in the foot again as careless defending cost them dearly at TOT. The Hello Boys won 3-2 and moved onto 28 points.

The action on Mother's Day saw Muangthong maintain their 12 point lead with a tight 3-2 victory over Pattaya. Chonburi and Samut Songkhram both ground out 1-0 wins. The Sharks stay in second place while Samut Songkhram, by their standards, are up to the giddy heights of 14th place. Their goal was scored by Bireme Diouf who appears to have found a new lease of life since returning from Chonburi.
The final two games both ended 2-2. Chiang Rai fought back twice at Wuachon to earn a point as did Army who repeated a similar feat up in Chiang Mai. The game at TTM was lucky to be played out as the pitch resembled something that Tom Daley would dive into.

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

Ratchaburi scored three late goals courtesy of their foreign contingent to earn an encouraging win over Siam Navy while Suphanburi etched themselves into second spot with a comfortable walk in the park at Raj Pracha. Yuki Bamba scored twice as the Warriors won 4-0.
For the second successive Saturday, Bangkok United came from a goal behind to win 2-1. Bolarinwa gave the Bulligans an early lead and it should have been two shortly before the interval. Lee Tuck appeared onside but a poor call from the linesman meant his goal was chopped off. As with last week, Sompong was the match winner with two goals in the second half.
Krabi, Sriracha and PTT Rayong all enjoyed Sunday wins to complete a clean sweep for the top 6.
At the bottom, Songkla came from behind to claim a vital three points as they beat Saraburi 2-1. It was a miserable trip for Saraburi who had Dai Min Yoo ordered off after two yellows, the second of which was for diving. JW Rangsit, Raj Pracha and Chantaburi all lost again.

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

Rayong United's Friday night defeat opened the door to the promotion set, and they all took advantage with wins. There are now only two points separating the top 4 with Samut Sakhon three points further adrift. The action comes thick and fast at the moment with a full round of fixtures on Wednesday evening.

Midweek Fixtures - Wednesday
(FA Cup)
TTM v Korat
Samut Songkhram v Raj Pracha
PTT Rayong v Esan United
Khon Kaen v Chiang Rai Utd
Songkla v Bangkok Utd

Division 2 Bangkok
Thai Honda v Rangsit FC
Assumption Thonburi v Kasem Bundit
R-BEC v Luk Esan
Central Lions v Samut Sakhon
Samut Prakarn utd v Nonthaburi
Kasetsart v Bangkok Christian
Krung Thonburi v Globex
Rayong United v North Bangkok
Chamchuri Utd v Customs Utd

International Friendly
Thailand v Foreign All Stars

This warm-up match for Thailand's AFF Suzuki Cup quest will be played at the Supachalasai Stadium. Predictably, the Thai squad is mainly made up from Muangthong, Chonburi and Buriram United players. The All Star squad is far from the strongest available, but nonetheless I'm sure the foreigners on show will be anxious to demonstrate that they have superior football skills to their hosts. 

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