Monday, October 29, 2012

Weekend Review 27-28 October

Chiang Rai Utd 2-1 Buriram Utd
TTM 0-2 Police Utd
Samut Songkhram 2-0 Pattaya Utd
BEC Tero 2-2 Muangthong Utd
Thai Port 1-2 Chonburi
Wuachon Utd 1-5 Bangkok Glass
Chainat 1-0 Army Utd
TOT 1-3 Osotspa Saraburi
Esan Utd 1-0 BBCU

Muangthong United's 2-2 draw at BEC Tero Sasana meant they completed the 34 game season unbeaten. It's a remarkable accomplishment for the TPL champions who have improved massively since the appointment of Slavisa Jokanovic. Even the most optimistic of Muangthong fans would never have predicted the successful nature of this campaign at the turn of the year whilst under the guidance of a certain ex-Liverpool striker.
The draw also ensured the BEC Tero finished in third which realistically is a decent achievement. Ex MTU favorite Nattaporn tapped Tero in front before Adnan Barakat and Teerasil (penalty) had the champs ahead at the break. Cleiton Silva levelled in the second half to ensure a share of the points for Tero and his goal meant he finished the TPL's joint top scorer with Teerasil on 24 goals. The nauseating Mario Gjurovski and Rangsan were dismissed in the 93rd minute after a spot of handbags.

In the other matches, the surprise result of the weekend was Bangkok Glass winning 5-1 at Wuachon Utd. Buriram United and Army United both fielded weakened teams and lost as the save themselves for next Sunday's FA Cup final. There were also wins for Police Utd, Chonburi, Samut Songkhram, Osotspa and Esan Utd as the 2012 TPL season drew to a close. The 2013 season is expected to commence in February.

Division 1
Bangkok FC 2-1 Krabi
Siam Navy 2-2 PTT Rayong
Chantaburi 0-0 Songkhla
FC Phuket 4-0 JW Rangsit
Ratchaburi 6-2 Raj Pracha
Air Force Utd 3-1 Korat
Phatthalung 1-4 Bangkok Utd
Saraburi 1-2 Khon Kaen
Sriracha 0-2 Suphanburi

Songkhla became the fifth side to be relegated alongside the already doomed Phatthalung, JW Rangsit, Raj Pracha and Chantaburi. Their 0-0 draw at Chantaburi will probably be the last ever game for Songkhla FC as this branch of the franchise is expected to be disbanded by the owner. The 0-0 draw also meant that opponents Chantaburi went through the whole season without a victory. The Hares finished marooned at the bottom with only four points.
The other two sides who were in relegation danger before the last round, FC Phuket and Khon Kaen, both won in contrasting styles. The Islanders eased to a comfortable 4-0 win over Raj Pracha while Khon Kaen won a fiery contest 2-1 at Saraburi. Recio netted twice for the T-Rex before three of his teammates were sent for early showers. Saraburi did pull one back and had one player ordered off too.
The promoted trio all signed of with victories while Lee Tuck claimed the golden boot award finishing with 23 goals to his name.

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

Ayutthaya have asserted themselves as group leaders as they ended Pattani's 1-1 drawing sequence beating them 2-0 in their own backyard. Goals from Jose Ordenes and Sirichai helped open up a five point cushion on third spot.
Dusit shot Rayong Utd into an early lead before Anggelo Machuca levelled from the spot for NSRU. Nattakorn then rattled one in from 40 yards after the interval to win the three points and move NSRU into second position.
Roi Et United continue to baffle as they were held to a 1-1 home draw by bottom side Phitsanoluk. The White Squirrels took a first half lead but they were pegged back when Phitsanoluk scored from a second half penalty. The point leaves Roi Et two points behind second placed NSRU.

(Group B)
Thai Honda 0-1 Chiang Mai FC
Trat 2-1 Rayong FC
Trang 1-1 Sisaket Utd

A full house watched Trat climb into pole position as they beat Rayong FC 2-1. After a goalless first half, which included a 15 minute floodlight failure, Trat took the lead when Miroslav Toth headed them in front early in the second period. The lead was doubled 20 minutes later through Rattaporn before Rayong FC grabbed a late consolation goal.
Thai Honda lost their third consecutive match losing 1-0 at home to Chiang Mai FC.Wuttiphan's first half penalty was the only goal of the match as Chiang Mai earned their first win in Group B. The victory lifts the northerners above the ailing Bangkok regional champions.
On Sunday, Sisaket fought back from a goal down to grab a point at Trang. The Esan club are two points behind the top 2 while Trang prop up the group with 2 points.

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