Sunday, October 21, 2012

Division 1 Penultimate Saturday - Round Up

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

Lee Tuck's brace over Sriracha killed off the Blue Marlins promotion hopes and now ensures that Ratchaburi will be joined in the TPL by Bangkok United and Suphanburi next season.
Ratchaburi wrapped up the title in impressive style winning 3-0 at Nakhon Ratchasima. Bouba Abbo was the inspirational figure scoring one and then laying the two others on a plate for teammates to score. Rian Marques completed a miserable afternoon for the Swatcats as he was dismissed in between the second and third goals.
Bangkok United could only muster a 0-0 at home to Air Force United but that was enough to see them over the finishing line. Romain Gasmi almost scored the goal of the season as he tried to lob the AFU keeper from just in front of the halfway line. Unfortunately the French skipper's effort hit the bar.
Big spending Suphanburi saw off Saraburi 1-0 with Pipat deflecting Worawut's shot for the only goal of the game. The vast majority of the 8,641 crowd can now look forward to life in the TPL.
It was a disappointing end for Sriracha as they lost 2-1 at Bangkok FC. The Bulligans took the lead courtesy of Tuck's spot kick just before half time and the Englishman waltzed through the Sriracha rearguard to double the advantage minutes after the restart. The Blue Marlins did pull one back but it wasn't enough. The match ended with objects being thrown by Sriracha fans towards the Bangkok FC players as they went to salute their guests which prompted a comical fight with flags between rival fans.
By my calculations the Bulligans are 99.9% safe from the drop and it would take a freak combination of results on the final day for them to be relegated.
The big encounter at the bottom yesterday saw Khon Kaen beat Phatthalung 2-0. It was a comfortable victory for KK as Phatthalung had to play the last hour of the match with only 10 men. Khon Kaen still require one more point whereas the Swiftlet's Division 1 status has plunged off the cliff. How they must rue those two draws with Chantaburi now!!
The demise of what was once a prosperous Songkhla FC is almost complete as they lost 3-2 in front of 563 spectators at the Tinsulanon. It was only last season that they were watched for one game by 35,000, were chasing promotion to the TPL, and made it to the semi final of the FA Cup. Songkhla did fight back from 2-0 down but their comeback was undone midway through the second half when Chusana curled one into the top corner to restore Navy's lead. Songkhla need to beat Chantaburi next Saturday and hope for a slice of luck from elsewhere to stay up.
FC Phuket jumped out of the danger zone after their simple 4-1 win at Raj Pracha. The Islanders should secure their Division 1 status next weekend with the visit of JW Rangsit.
The other scores were JW Rangsit 4-0 Chantaburi and PTT Rayong 1-0 Krabi.

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