Thursday, August 15, 2013

Brief Review of Matchday 22


Bangkok Glass 2-0 Samut Songkhram
Bangkok Utd 0-4 Army Utd
Chainat 1-0 Police Utd
Muangthong Utd 3-2 Ratchaburi
Pattaya Utd 4-3 Chonburi
Songkhla Utd 0-0 Buriram Utd
Suphanburi 2-1 Osotspa Saraburi
TOT 0-5 BEC Tero

Muanghtong clawed back another couple of points on leaders Buriram after they beat Ratchaburi 3-2 in a pulsating encounter. Teerasil's headed goal five minutes after the interval was the winning goal. A crowd of 17,416 at the Tinasulanon Stadium watched Songkhla hold Buriram to a 0-0 draw.

The battle for third took a surprising twist when Laksana's 93rd minute goal for Pattaya won a seven goal thriller against neighbours Chonburi. The loss for the Sharks let Suphanburi close to within one point of third spot after they beat Osotspa Saraburi 2-1. That win for Suphanburi brought the end to Osotspa's ten match unbeaten streak.

The Thai equivalent of the "can we play you every week?" chant must have been ringing around the Thai Japanese Stadium as Army trounced nearby Bangkok United 4-0. The win for Army completed a 10-0 aggregate score for their two meetings this season. I'm sure BEC Tero wouldn't mind playing TOT every week either after they smashed them 5-0. Cleiton Silva bagged a treble while recent capture Lucas Goncalves weighed in with a brace.

Elsewhere, Bangkok Glass beat Samut Songkhram 2-0 and Chainat ended a run of four straight defeats with a 1-0 win over Police United.

Division 1

Air Force 3-0 Bangkok FC
Ayutthaya 1-2 Nakhon Ratchasima
BBCU 3-2 Singh Tarua
Nakhon Pathom Utd 1-2 TTM
PTT Rayong 1-2 Trat
Rayong Utd v Rayong FC
Saraburi 2-4 Krabi
Siam Navy 1-1 Phuket
Sriracha 1-0 Khon Kaen

Air Force returned to the summit of the table after beating Bangkok FC 3-0. It was a fiery contest which saw the referee flash his red card on four occasions. The 3-0 win was Air Force's biggest of the season and in time, it could prove to be their most important victory of the season.
The Blue Eagles joy was doubled when they found out that closest challengers PTT Rayong and Singh Tarua had lost. PTT's loss to Trat was their first of the season while Tarua will be glad to see the back of BBCU and in particular, Bouba Abbo, as the Pink Panthers completed the double over Khlong Toei's finest.

Nakhon Ratchasima also capitalised on the failings of the teams above them after they beat Ayutthaya 2-1. Yusuke Kato was yet again on the scoresheet helping the Swatcats close to within five points of Singh Tarua in third. They also climbed above Saraburi who lost 4-2 at home to Krabi.

That loss for Ayutthaya meant they dropped back into the relegation places. Sriracha moved above them and TTM's 2-0 win at Nakhon Pathom moved the hobo club four points clear of danger.

Only 712 souls attended the Rayong derby. Anybody leaving early would have missed Rayong FC's injury time leveller by Piroj. The point does them both little good as they both firmly remain in trouble. It's becoming increasingly likely that Siam Navy could be dropping into the regional leagues after they could only take a point at home to Phuket.


  1. The Air Force-Bangkok FC game lived up to the bill of the clash between Top 4 clubs.
    The game was the best game I have seen played by Air Force this season. Bangkok FC's open style of attacking football allowed for a exciting game with a really good pace.
    The game had everything you wanted in a football match. Goals, Misses, Fights and Red Cards.

    Kouassi Yao Hermann despite is poor scoring touch still scored 2 goals when he should have had 4-5 goals.
    Air Force exploited Bulligans slow pace defense with multiple of thru ball to fowards for goal scoring chances.

    Air Force captain former national team bad boy defender Rungroj Sawangsri was sent off from an incident when the Bangkok FC player Dos Santos elbow the defender as a result, the defender either bitch slapped or deck the player to the ground. The referee had no choice but to sent both players off.
    The third red card was for a Bangkok FC bench player who way assumed to be abusing the lineman. The linesman called the ref and report the incident which the ref pulled out a red card.
    The final red card was from a second yellow for a game breaking tackle.

    This match along with favoring results from the other match allowed Air Force to return back to 1 place and increase the promotion gap to 8 points.

    See you at the next game this Saturday!

  2. It was an amazing night for Air Force yesterday. To beat a promotion rival so comfortably must have been very pleasing. Add to that PTT Rayong and Singh Tarua losing.

    Now you are top of the league and 8 points clear, you should kick on and win promotion. As you mentioned, Bangkok FC are not good in defence and I can see them dropping more points. PTT Rayong should be strong enough for promotion and I can see Singh Tarua just about making it over the line although Nakhon Ratchasima could be a dark horse now they have gotten rid of your old coach, Arjhan.

    I guess you might have already read this, but here is a link to an excellent match report written by Andy Wray

  3. It was an amazing night indeed and things could not have turned out any better than it did.

    Nakhon Ratchasima look better after the club changes and it showed in the game they beat Air Force at home despite a wet field and now they have won 3 in a row. The schedule is quite favorable to them as well not having to play the Top 4 teams for the next 8 matches.

    Didn't look like the Bangkok FC did anything to Air Force's Rungroj Sawangsri to also deserve the red card.
    I guess watching at the stadium and from the replay is a totally different perspective.

    Here was the highlights from the game:

  4. It should be an interesting climax to the season. Air Force should be able to beat Nakhon Pathom at home tomorrow.

    PTT Rayong, Singh Tarua, Bangkok and Korat all have away games. PTT and Tarua should win their games but Bangkok and Korat have tricky fixtures.

    If it goes to plan, AF could be 11 points clear by Sunday evening.