Sunday, August 11, 2013

Saturday 9 August Review


Army Utd 3-2 TOT
Chonburi 1-0 Bangkok Utd
Samut Songkhram 1-0 Chainat

Saturday's action saw three narrow home victories with the most dramatic coming at the Royal Thai Army Stadium. With 90 minutes played, TOT held a 2-1 lead, but that was wiped out in stoppage time thanks to a Bjorn Lindemann double. Bas Savage had given TOT the lead before Nipol levelled early in the second half. Somchai's 71st minute goal appeared to have won the contest for TOT. Noppol of TOT was ordered off before the late strikes from the German ensured Army remained in fifth place.

Chonburi are only six points behind leaders Buriram Utd after their 1-0 win over Bangkok United. A win for Muangthong over Buriram in the "Super Big Match" today would allow Chonburi back onto the periphery of the title race. Defender Suttinan was yet again on the score sheet with his close range first half goal being the difference between the sides.

It was the same result in Mae Khlong as Prawat's goal on the hour earned Samut Songkhram a vital three points. The 1-0 triumph over Chainat moved Samut Songkhram out of the relegation zone, but that will change if Chiang Rai Utd beat Songkhla Utd later today.

Division 1

Bangkok FC 2-1 Ayutthaya
Nakhon Ratchasima 3-0 Trat
PTT Rayong 1-1 Saraburi
Singh Tarua 4-1 Sriracha
TTM 2-2 Air Force

Wins for Singh Tarua and Bangkok FC moved them closer to the Top 2 after PTT Rayong and Air Force drew.

Bernard Henri's 80th minute goal earned a creditable draw for Saraburi at the PTT Stadium. Kirati had earlier given PTT the lead.

Kouassi Yao Hermann spared Air Force's blushes as his brace grabbed his side a point at TTM. His 84th minute penalty equalizer earned Air Force's first point in three attempts as the Airmen's stuttering form continues.

For the second successive Saturday, Bangkok FC were grateful to Lee Tuck as he scored the winner right at the death. The Englishman had an eventful afternoon. His goal was sandwiched inbetween a penalty miss and a second yellow card in the 96th minute. Antonio Vega's drive gave Ayutthaya a 14th minute lead shortly before birthday boy Olof Watson replied for Bangkok FC. Ayutthaya had Siriwat and Melo sent off before Tuck's spectacular winner.

The Bulligans stay fourth after Singh Tarua beat Sriracha 4-1. It was a slightly flattering scoreline as late goals from Ali Diarra and Narongrit added some gloss to the result. Sriracha would have been disappointed with their flat performance and they'll point to the first half penalty decision as the changing moment of the contest.

Nakhon Ratchasima's 3-0 win over Trat moved them up to fifth place. The Swatcats are in decent form although they may have made their move too late as they have an eight point gap to retrieve on third placed Singh Tarua. A crowd of just over 10,000 braved the monsoon conditions to watch goals from Saruch and two from Yusuke Kato as Trat suffered their third straight loss.


  1. Air Force is have their promotion back to the Premier League dreams slip after a recent run of poor results. The 5 points gap on the very strong PTT Rayong is all but gone with them trailing by one point for the title. In addition, the once guaranteed promotion with a hefty 12 points has dwindled to a mere 5 points.

    This is all happening despite the major upgrade during the transfer windows of goalkeeper Umarin Yaodam (from Muangthong United), defender likes of Kobenan N'Guatta (Ivory Coast), former national team player Anon Nanok (Chiang Rai United) & Suchat Chaiyai (from Pattaya United), French midfielder David Le Bras & Kittipol Paphunga (from Bangkok United), and Striker Rangsan Roobmoh (from Songkhla).

    At present, 6 point separate the Top 4 teams which puts the title and promotion into a guessing game.

    This Wednesday will be a major clash when second rank Air Force plays host to fourth place Bangkok FC at Thupatemee Stadium (Lam Luk Ka, Pathum Thani) starting 1800 onwards.
    See you there!

    A result for Air Force could mean guaranteed promotion back to the Premier League holding an 8 point gap and keep their title hopes alive.
    A lost would result in a promotion dogfight for the Blue Ealges (Luk Tap Fah).

  2. The game against Bangkok FC is certainly Air Force's biggest of the season. As you said, a win would move you 8 points clear, but a loss would land you right in the dogfight.

    Even though Lee Tuck was sent off for two yellow cards yesterday he can still play agianst Air Force on Wednesday which isn't good news for you.

    I think PTT Rayong will win the league, but it will be any two from Air Force, Singh Tarua and Bangkok FC who will join them in the TPL.