Status quo remains in Thailand

Status quo remains in Thailand

By Kevin Watkin

There was a fair bit of symmetry in last night’s results, as the fixtures list in the second half of the season was set up to mirror the first half.

Chonburi eased past BEC Tero 3-0

For the most part, despite the prospect of new signings becoming eligible, there wasn’t much change from the reverse fixtures 4 days earlier. Army and Bangkok Glass played out another goalless stalemate, as did Wuachon and Port. In Saraburi, it was Osotspa’s turn to score a late goal, with Namibian Lazarus Kaimbe marking his return to the club with the winner against Chainat.

BBCU and TOT played out another 5 goal thriller, though this time it was the Pink Panthers getting the odd goal in stoppage time.

Chonburi beat BEC Tero again, though the 3-0 scoreline was an improvement on the 2-1 away win. Pattaya and Police returned from losing trips to the far north and drew at home to TTM and Chiang Rai respectively. Buriram were forced to come from behind twice to draw again with Esan, and leaders Muang Thong had another narrow win against Samut Songkram, with Ekapoom Potarungrot scoring minutes after coming on as a 2nd half substitute.

Wins for Muang Thong and Chonburi mean they stay 5 points apart, while Buriram 7 further points back in 3rd. With 5 draws in the other 7 results, there was little other movement on the table.

BBCU 3-2 TOT
Osotspa Saraburi 2-1 Chainat
Army Utd 0-0 Bangkok Glass
Wuachon Utd 0-0 Thai Port
Chonburi 3-0 BEC Tero
Pattaya Utd 2-2 TTM Chiang Mai
Police Utd 1-1 Chiang Rai Utd
Buriram Utd 2-2 Esan Utd
Muang Thong Utd 1-0 Samut Songkram

 

Division 1

Songkla 0-1 Phuket
Rajpracha 0-1 Air Force Utd
JW Rangsit 0-2 Rachaburi
Krabi 1-2 Siam Navy
Khon Kaen 0-3 Sri Racha
Bangkok Utd 1-0 Saraburi
Nakon Rachasima 3-2 Patalung
PTT Rayong 5-0 Chantaburi
Supanburi 3-0 Bangkok FC

As with the TPL, last night’s fixtures were the reverse of last weekend’s games, and again 4-5 days and new signings affected little change in fortune.

The biggest shock was 2nd placed Krabi’s loss to Navy. Phuket’s victory at Songkla, was a minor surprise. Both match-ups had finished 0-0 on Sunday. Krabi’s slip-up allowed Rachaburi to extend their lead to 6 points at the head of the table. Supanburi and Sri Racha also took advantage, moving up to 2nd & 3rd, while Krabi dropped to 4th.

At the other end of the table, Air Force and Phuket’s wins eased them out of the drop zone at the expense of Patalung and Saraburi. Chantaburi conceded 5 to PTT for the second time, and look doomed with just 2 points from 18 games.

There were a couple of bizarre moments to the evening. At SCG Stadium, Muang Thong coach Slavisa Jokanovic kicked a water bottle in frustration, and almost hit the head of his opposite number. Jokanovic apologised at the time, and via the press post-match. In Nakon Rachasima, Patalung’s goalkeeper charged 30 metres out of his area to protest a free-kick, and earnt himself a second yellow card for his trouble.

This caused him to lead a team walk-off (a blight on the Thai game we thought had disappeared), and after protracted discussions, the game continued – complete with Patalung’s keeper. Trailing 3-1 at the time, Patalung then managed to score a late goal, though the hosts held on for victory. One spectator speculated that Patalung may have asked for sympathy, as their squad (currently down to 12) would struggle to deal with a suspension.




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