Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Thai Honda Vs Rajpracha - Photos

Lots more high-quality photos from chada-great ("great crown") here.

Rajpracha Vs Songkhla - Highlights


Result - Thai Honda 1 Rajpracha 0

Raj make it two losses in a row. The lads are now only safe by four points and need a win in the match away to Chula on Saturday.

Rajpracha 1 Songkhla 3 - Report

Rajpracha failed to keep up their impressive home form as they went down 1-3 at home to Songkhla in a game that ended farcically.

Songkhla started at a pace as impressive as their traveling support but Raj were equal to it until the first goal went n around the twenty five minute mark with a well placed shot that gave Yen no chance. The lead was extended to nil-two shortly before half time.

Raj came out attacking in the second half but they were caught on the break to make it 0-3 and seemingly game over. As Raj attempted a fight back, a huge storm broke out and within minutes the pitch was waterlogged by an incredible downpour. As the pitch light up from constant flashes of lightening, the game became comical as the ball simply would not move across the water. Players attempted to perform "keepy uppy" and move the ball around with constant small chips but it was very difficult. Raj managed to pull one back but the referee wisely saw that the game should be ended sooner rather than later and blew for full time.

It's probably no coincidence that Raj didn't quite have their usual spark today and highly rated midfielder Sulaiman was watching the game from the stands with a thigh strain. The Raj will need him to be fit soon if they are to finish the season on a high and give any kind of challenge to Muangthong.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Raj look forward

To their credit, Rajpracha fans have responded with a very Thai "Never mind" attitude to the late postponement of their FA Cup game with Muangthong. The fans and the club now look to make amends for the defeat at Chiang Rai last week with a victory at home to Songkhla on Saturday.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Nonthaburi 4 Rajatewi 3

Nontahburi's season came to end with their highest ever goal tally against a promotion chasing Rajatewi side.

The game itself was, according to reports, an exciting affair with penalties, scuffles , a red card (Janewit) and lots of goals.

Eka came painfully close to promotion themselves but just missed out on head to head tallies, a loss caused by their mid-season slump.

Overall though it's been a highly successful first season for Nonthaburi and I hope to see them in action more often next year.

Photos of the game here

Friday, 17 September 2010

Updated squad details

I hadn't realised what a mess the squad page was, so I've now tidied up and updated it. A copy follows:

Regular first team players:

1 GK Yen Emile

2 DF Suriya Kupalang
3 DF/MD Ratgan Jamparat
4 DF Wisarut  Pannasai
5 DF/MD Sawin Bunsopit
6 DF Chochai Choochi
15 DF Dawuda Wulampah
20 DF Wuttipong Sittitanyakit
21 DF Nirun Phunthong
23 DF Kittipong Somak
28 DF Phairot Keawketsri

7 MD Prakit Deeprom
8 MD Chokdee Intharalak
10 MD Seksit Srisai
11 MD Kornprom Jaroonpong
27 MD Pichit Kesaro
14 MD Sarawut Sintupan

9 ST Taiki Ishizu
13 FW Narakorn Wisetthanakarn
26 ST Noppadon Ponudom
16 ST Tameezee Hayeeyusoh
17 FW Awakajit Suramon
30 FW Kouame Yao Mathieu (On loan from Muangthong United) 

Squad/Youth team players:
12 GK Noppadom Sopdee
18 GK Peerachart Yimthong

19 DF Nuttapol Poontawee
24 DF (?) Thierry Touoyem
31 DF Itthiporn Teprean (Asuumption Thonburi School)
32 DF Thanapon Phao (Nakhom Pathom)
25 FW Thanachot Suppol
33 FW Sylla Moussa

Thursday, 9 September 2010

FA Cup draw

Raj have been drawn "away" to Muangthong United. Draw to be played 23rd September at 1900.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Score - Nonthaburi 1 Kasetstart 0

Goalscorer Arthit Praagune
Nonthaburi defeated Kasetstart University one-nil in a fairly poor game at the Rama 9 Stadium. Eka took the lead about five minutes before half time with a goal from Arthit Praagune. For most of the game Kasetstart looked like they could not hit the back door of a barn from open play, but they did test the home goalie from a couple of set pieces and they did manage to keep their toys just about in the pram and avoid any walk offs throughout the game.

All in all, not a great display of football and the crowd was small due to the early kick off time, but what matters at this stage of the season is points. Eka remain in the play-off hunt. Ratchatewi occupy second place in the D2 Bangkok and Vicinity table, they are three points above Eka with a game in hand......and they visit Nontahburi in Nontahburi's final league game.....

Preview - Nonthaburi FC Vs Kasetstart University FC

Nonthaburi FC face Kasetstart University FC tonight in a rematch of the Toyota Cup game that featured a "walk off" by Kasetstart. Unlike most walk offs, the players did not return. Tonight's match must result in a win for Nonthaburi if they are to stay in the play off race as the division 2 season draws towards its end.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Rajpracha 1 Suvarnabhumi Customs FC 0 - Report

Awajee Sulaiman terrorises the Customs defence

Raj scored a victory over Customs FC in the last minute of normal time in a somewhat dull contest at the Thunderdome.

As you can see, I wasn't impressed with the first half.
With no TPL matches over the weekend, a large and varied crowd including shirts of Bangkok Glass, Bangkok United, Buriram PEA and Muangthong United witnessed a lackluster first half. The game started off at a fast pace but lacked in quality and chances. Towards the end of the first half Raj started to control more of the game but still forced no more than a couple of saves from the away team's goalie. Incidentally, Customs for some reason did not have Mika Chunuonsee in defence, he was watching from the stands.

The second half started in a similar fashion and both teams only had one real chance. A Customs FC striker -sporting the hideous kit you see in the pictures - rounded Yen Emile but was then forced to the touchline. Yen managed to scramble back and push the ball away with one hand but it fell to the same striker again whose chipped shot was hacked away.

At the other end, the ever improving Sulaiman appeared to do the hard work and beat two defenders only to lift his shot over the crossbar.

It all appeared to be hurtling towards a goaless draw until Sulaiman and substitute Kouame Yao Mathieu - on loan from Muangthong United - combined to score a late winner. It was a dose of fortune that represented Raj's upturn in form and the confidence that has clearly come with it. The Raj are now well away from the relegation zone and the young squad can look forward to their FA Cup quarter final match.

Some great pictures here. Video of the goal below may not be available in all countries.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Raj 1 Roi Et 2

Raj exited the Toyota Cup in the first round proper with an upset loss at home to Isaan side Roi Et after drawing 0-0 in the first leg. Roi Et took a 1-0 lead in the first half, Raj equalised on the 76th minute before the visitors scored again nine minutes later.

Raj rested some key players and probably wish to concentrate on the FA Cup, but it's still not nice to lose.