Thai Port keep survival hopes alive

Thai Port keep survival hopes alive

By Kevin Watkin

Port kept their survival hopes alive with a home win over Chiang Rai Utd, who were hauled back to the edge of the relegation scrap. Chainat and Police both stayed just ahead of Port with home wins against Pattaya and Bangkok Glass.

Thai Port fans still have hope that their side will avoid the drop

Pattaya’s recent form has been poor, and they now sit just three points above the drop. Esan’s upset win against Chonburi meant Muang Thong could have wrapped up the title with a win at TOT.

However, a headbutt by fullback Mongkon Numnuat reduced them to 10 men just before halftime. TOT also found themselves a man short with 20 minutes to go, as Mongkon’s victim Tanasak picked up his second yellow card. This was the catalyst for two quick goals as the hosts took the lead before the Qilins replied. The match finished 1-1, meaning Muang Thong still need two points to seal the title.

Buriram’s failure to beat Samut Songkram meant Chonburi are guaranteed a top-two finish, despite their defeat. In the eight seasons in the top flight, Chonburi have finished outside the top three just once, in their debut season in 2005. They’re on target for their fourth second placing in the last five seasons (they were third in 2010).

TTM were consigned to relegation last week, and were further humiliation at the hands of BEC Tero who closed in on third-placed Buriram. In other matches, BBCU clung to their faint hopes of TPL survival by drawing with Wuachon, while Osotspa saw off Army in a mid-table clash.

Thai Port 2-0 Chiang Rai Utd
Esan Utd 2-1 Chonburi
Chainat 4-2 Pattaya Utd
BBCU 1-1 Wuachon Utd
Osotspa 1-0 Army Utd
Buriram 0-0 Samut Songkram
BEC Tero 7-1 TTM
Police Utd 3-1 Bangkok Glass
TOT 1-1 Muang Thong

Division 1

Supanburi denied Rachaburi the three points they needed to clinch the title, while allowing Bangkok Utd to move into second place, and Sri Racha to close the gap behind them to two points.

In fact, it’s so tight at the top, that Rachaburi are still not mathematically promoted, despite their five point lead with just 3 games remaining. Rajpracha’s loss in Krabi virtually sends them down, though there remains a faint hope if other results go their way.

Phuket’s thrashing of Khon Kaen sees the two sides trade places either side of the relegation line. Songkla came from two goals down to salvage a draw in a result that really didn’t help them or opponents Bangkok FC make certain of safety.

Saraburi’s win in Patalung should be enough to keep them safe, while the Swiftlets remain 1 point above the drop, despite losing 2 matches against sides around them in the last few days.

Division 2

The first round of promotion playoffs were played this week. As mentioned previously, 12 teams play in two groups of six in a league system, with the winner and runner-up in each group gaining promotion.

In Group A, Southern runners-up Pattani drew 1-1 with Northeastern Champs Roi Et Utd, Paknampo NSRU defeated Pitsanulok 1-0 in a northern derby, and Central Champs Ayutthaya drew 1-1 with Bangkok’s 2nd placed side, Rayong Utd.

In Group B, Bangkok champions Thai Honda were too good for Si Saket Utd of the Northeast (2-0), Central’s 3rd-best team Trat beat Southern champs Trang 3-0, and Central runners-up Rayong FC held off Northern champs Chiang Mai’s comeback, winning 3-2.

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