Sunday, March 3, 2013

Opening Day Review


BEC Tero 2-2 Chonburi
Muangthong Utd 2-1 Army Utd
Osotspa Saraburi 0-0 Ratchaburi
Police Utd 1-0 Bangkok Utd
Samut Songkhram 0-2 Pattaya Utd

BEC Tero came flying out of the starting blocks and were 2-0 up within 10 minutes. Amorn and Cleiton Silva were on target for the Fire Dragons before Irfan Bachdim netted on his Chonburi debut. It was another new boy, Ivan Boskovic, who lost his marker in the last minute to salvage a point for Chonburi. Tero's captain, Arzu, was sent off in injury time.
It didn't take Teerasil long to score his first goal of the new season. Within a few minutes he had the reigning champs in front before Dagno Siaka doubled that lead later in the first half. Tatree pulled one back for Army to make it a nervous last 20 minutes for the Muangthong fans. Despite a spirited fightback from the colorfully kitted Army, it was Muangthong who held on to win 2-1.
Goals late in each half must have had alarm bells ringing in Samut Songkhram as they went down 2-0 at home to Pattaya. Patawee and Jung Ji Soo were on target to position the Dolphins at the top of the table.
The new boys of Ratchaburi and Bangkok United both failed to find the net on their debut, although Ratchaburi would have been satisfied with a point from Osotspa. Daniel Cortes snuck in at the back post to score the only goal of the game on 10 minutes as Police beat Bangkok United 1-0. The scoreline could have been greater had the woodwork not saved Bangkok United on three occasions.

Division 1

Ayutthaya 0-2 Singtarua
BBCU 1-1 Phuket
Nakhon Ratchasima 1-2 Bangkok FC
Rayong FC 1-2 Air Force
Siam Navy 0-1 Saraburi FC

It certainly wasn't a day for the home sides with four of them suffering losses. BBCU were the only hosts not to lose as they took a point at home to Phuket.
Up in Korat, the referee had a stinker with a performance that already has him a strong front runner for the worst refereeing performance of 2013. Korat hit woodwork before Lee Tuck netted from the spot for the Bulligans in first half stoppage time. Voraves doubled  the scoring after the break before he was ordered off with 10 minutes left. Prompong scored a late penalty for the hosts but it was too little, too late.
Two second half goals from Leandro Luz pointed Singhtarua in the right direction as they won their first game in Division 1. Both goals came after Ayutthaya's Justin Herve was dismissed for receiving two yellow cards.
Home losses for Rayong FC and Siam Navy against Air Force and Saraburi respectively, indicate it's going to be a long season for the pair from the eastern region.

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