Sunday, March 9, 2014

Saturday 8 March Review


PTT Rayong 2-2 Chiang Rai Utd
TOT 0-3 Muangthong
Buriram Utd 0-0 Ratchaburi
Songkhla Utd 1-1 Chonburi
Bangkok Utd 1-2 Sisaket

Muangthong beat 9 man TOT 3-0 to establish themselves as the early TPL pace setters. It was a gritty first half but Muangthong eventually got their noses in front two minutes after the interval when a long ball from Datsakorn saw Teerasil outpace Patiparn to open the scoring. In five crazy minutes midway through the second half, TOT had two players dismissed for receiving second yellow cards. First to go was Apinan and he was closely followed by Patiparn. Surprisingly, TOT actually had more chances with 9 men but they were killed off late on with goals from Teerasil and Mario. 

Buriram chose not to rest any players ahead of Tuesday's big AFC match against Pohang Steelers. They couldn't penetrate a stubborn Ratchaburi side who possibly would have felt aggrieved at having a first half goal ruled out for offside. 

Pipob scored another header to set Chonburi on their way at Songkhla but the Sharks were pegged back when Pornthep's low shot from twelve yards found the bottom corner of the net. 

The quickest goal of the day came after 90 seconds in Rayong when Nattapon followed in after the ball had rebounded off the bar to him. The snarling Phichitpong scored twice before the hour to turn the tables but Pratan finished off a scramble to make it 2-2.

Tatree's deft flick off the outside of his right boot gave Sisaket an early lead in Din Daeng. That was it until the game burst into life in the last ten minutes. Thritti's second yellow card in the 83rd minute didn't deter the hosts as Antun Palic's curler appeared to have earned Bangkok United a point in the 87th minute. However while Bangkok United were still celebrating, Akkaphan headed home to regain Sisaket's lead. Any hopes of another comeback were dashed when Wittaya was ordered off in injury time.

Division 1

Ang Thong 2-1 Phuket
Pattaya Utd 0-3 Ayutthaya
Chiang Mai 1-1 Nakhon Pathom Utd
Krabi 1-2 Saraburi

Any notion of a swift return to the TPL for Pattaya seems unlikely after their 3-0 home loss to Ayutthaya. The Dolphins have yet to find the net and have no points after two attempts. A couple of goals either side of the break killed them off yesterday. Michael Byrne set Ayutthaya on their way confidently converting a penalty kick before providing Anzite with a header to make it 2-0. Premvut got the third to cap a fine afternoon for Ayutthaya.

Ang Thong came from behind to beat Phuket 2-1. Christian Alex gave the Islanders the lead in the 63rd minute but that was cancelled out when Peeratat finished off a game of head tennis. Adisak in the Phuket goal wouldn't have been too popular with his teammates as his howler allowed Monthon to score the decisive goal with 12 minutes remaining.

Goals from Peerawis and Suriyakan strengthened Saraburi's position at the top. Their 2-1 win in Krabi moved them onto six points while Krabi remain pointless.

An injury time strike grabbed a point for Nakhon Pathom in Chiang Mai. Mark Landry Babo gave the Lanna side a first half lead. The hosts couldn't finish off the job and Pierre Tchangou pounced in injury time to level.

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