May 30, 2011|
A weekend that saw four of the capital’s main clubs playing each other left BEC Tero and Police United’s title bids suffer serious setbacks. Especially as the league leaders Buriram PEA maintained their hugely impressive form, with a 1-0 win over Sri Racha FC on Saturday. The win puts PEA a full 8 points ahead of closest chasers Chonburi who could only draw 1-1 with local rivals Pattaya FC.
In the capital, Sunday saw two big derbies with BEC Tero taking on Thai Port at the PAT Stadium and Bangkok Glass hosting Police United. Fresh from their 3-1 comeback win over TTM Phichit in the week Port were in impressive form, with the 3-2 final score rather flattering the Fire Dragons. Ekkachai Sumre opened the scoring for the Lions with a powerful strike before impressive new signing Jacob Aikhionbare popped up to finish from close range. BEC got one back just before half time in their only really meaningful attack of the half before a wonderfully worked third goal saw Port cruise to victory despite a consolation injury time goal for BEC. It all but ends BEC Tero’s hopes of a title challenge but sees Port now comfortably in mid table after a turbulent start to the campaign.
In the other big Bangkok derby, Bangkok Glass closed to within one point of their opponents, high flying Police United in a free scoring game that finished up 5-3 to the Glass Rabbits. In an exciting, see saw encounter it was ultimately the hatrick by Rabbit’s striker Sarayuth Chaikamdee that proved the difference.
Among the other games this weekend Muangthong managed a 1-0 win over Khon Kaen FC, TOT lost 1-0 away to Si Sa Ket FC. The surprise of the weekend came at Chonburi, though, where Thai Navy’s valiant 1-1 home draw with Army United saw them off the bottom of the table for the first time this season. Get the full league table here.