Monday, October 1, 2012

Weekend Review 29-30 September

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

With neither of the top 2 in action, the focus this round switched to the other end of the table.
The Klong Toei Army felt short changed after their 2-1 home loss to Samut Songkhram. With their side 1-0 up, the referee then awarded the away side a soft penalty on 73 minutes which promptly turned the tide. In the defence of the man wearing lime green, he correctly gave Sivakorn a second yellow for tugging an opponent's shirt and he can not be blamed for the defending for Samut's second goal or the miss that Watson blazed over the bar in the dying seconds. After the match, referee Tanom Borikut announced his retirement after being hemmed in his dressing room for ages due to protesting Port fans. Fortunately for Thai Port, Chainat lost and Police could only draw at home to TOT on Sunday. Chainat couldn't build on their early lead as they eventually lost 2-1 to Chiang Rai United while Police United were also pegged back by TOT with Lee Jun Ki's second half goal cancelling out a first half penalty from Daniel Cortes.

TTM had a rare good day as they fought back to grab a 2-2 draw at the Leo Stadium. The result caused BG's coach, Surachai, to throw in the towel after his highly paid stars disappointed once again.
BEC Tero finally beat Buriram after several previous close encounters with Cleiton Silva notching the only goal of the game on the half hour mark.

Away wins for Wuachon and Pattaya moved the pair onto 36 points which should be adequate to ensure another season of TPL football. Wuachon's 3-1 win at Army was the fourth loss in a row for the Bangkok side. The promise of a top 6 finish at the Home of Gentlemen is quickly vanishing and at this rate they'll be lucky to finish in the top half.

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

The shortly departing TPL bus will now be taking any three from four as PTT Rayong bowed out of the promotion race after their 1-0 loss to Korat. Prompong's 14th goal of the season was good enough for the Swatcats as they extended their unbeaten run to six matches.
Ratchaburi brought Saraburi's mini revival to a shuddering halt as they dispatched the Warlords 4-0. Douglas Gardozo's treble moved him to the top of the scoring charts on 17 goals.
Suphanburi made hard work of beating Chantaburi but eventually they tamed the Hares with two late goals to win 3-1 while Berlin also struck late for Sriracha to keep the Blue Marlins on course for a quick return to the TPL.
Two second half goals, including one from Romain Gasmi, helped Bangkok United get back to winning ways as they saw off Krabi 2-0 on a pitch that resembled the Baseball Ground back in the 1970's.
If the alarm bells were ringing at Khon Kaen last week, they are now blaring at deafening decibel levels after their meek effort at Siam Navy who essentially had nothing to play for. The 4-0 loss ensures the T-Rex stay fourth bottom one place below FC Phuket who are also in danger of dropping to the regional leagues. Bangkok FC's loss at JW Rangsit means their level on 31 points with FC Phuket while wins for Phatthalung and Songkla gave them some temporary breathing space.

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