Monday, October 15, 2012

Weekend Review 13-14 October

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

Congratulations go to Muangthong United who claimed their third TPL title in four years. Teerasil was on hand to head the only goal of the game as Muangthong beat Chainat 1-0 to move 14 points clear of Chonburi. The Kirins next challenge will be to remain undefeated in their remaining three games to complete a full season without a league loss. No doubt the Thai press will make comparisons to the Arsenal's Invincibles of 2004 should it be achieved.
Meanwhile, second placed Chonburi earned a routine 2-0 win over TOT while BEC Tero moved into third above Buriram United who lost at Osotspa. That was their seventh loss of the season and the fans at the I-Mobile must be scratching their heads at how meekly their title defence has wilted.

Daniel Cortes swept home shortly after the interval as Police United's fine form continued with a 1-0 victory over Thai Port. The victory almost guarantees Police United's status as a TPL club for 2013. Thai Port on the other hand are level on 33 points with Chainat which currently suits the Hornbills as they have a superior head to head record over Port. Pattaya's 0-0 against BG draw moved them onto 37 points which eeks them that bit closer to safety.
BBCU's point against Army kept their survival hopes hanging on by the thinnest of threads but the vultures are already circling and ready to scavenge on their TPL remains.
As for TTM, their 1-0 home loss to Samut Songkram means they have officially finished bottom of the pile.

Division 1
Sriracha 5-1 Phatthalung
Songkhla 1-0 PTT Rayong
Bangkok Utd 2-1 FC Phuket
Korat 5-0 Chantaburi
JW Rangsit 0-3 Krabi
Raj Pracha 0-3 Siam Navy
Bangkok FC 3-3 Saraburi
Suphanburi 2-1 Air Force Utd
Khon Kaen 1-0 Ratchaburi

Even though Ratchaburi lost 1-0 at Khon Kaen, they sneaked in through the back door to the TPL as promotion was confirmed. As Sriracha and Suphanburi meet on the final day, the various permutations ensure Ratchaburi will go up. Bangkok United look set to join the Dragons as they just need one win from their last two games after they came from behind to beat FC Phuket 2-1.

At the bottom, we finally said goodbye to JW Rangsit and Raj Pracha as the pair both suffered 3-0 home defeats. Whether or not we will see either of these two again at this level remains to be seen. JW Rangsit are fairly new on the scene, but Raj Pracha have been part of the institution of Thai football for many years.
It's still two from five who will join them in the regional leagues. FC Phuket and Phatthalung both have 34 points while Songkhla, Khon Kaen and Bangkok FC all have 36.

Division 2 Playoffs
(Group A)
Roi Et Utd 0-1 Ayutthaya
Rayong Utd 1-0 Phitsanoluk
Paknampo NSRU 1-1 Pattani

It was another low scoring tight round of fixtures. 1-0 wins for Ayutthaya and Rayong United moved them onto four points while NSRU's home point against Pattani left them on the same total. All three sides have scored two goals and conceded one.

(Group B)
Thai Honda 0-3 Trat
Trang 0-1 Rayong FC
Chiang Mai FC 0-1 Sisaket Utd.

Trat and Rayong have raced to the summit of the group after they both recorded opening back to back wins. A large travelling support watched Trat make their second consecutive 3-0 victory in the playoffs at Thai Honda. Rayong FC didn't have it as comfortable as their Central/East compatriots edging out Trang 1-0.
Last week, there were three home wins in Group B and that was mirrored in Round 2 as Sisaket Utd completed a hat-trick of away wins. Chiang Mai had a penalty saved and hit the post before Sisaket Utd scored the only goal of the game on the stroke of half time. The Lanna Tigers are pointless after two matches while Sisaket are three points behind Trat and Rayong FC.

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