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Good Luck to the Swatcats and your Goodself tonight  8)

I hope the weather in BKK is better than in my Chantaburi 'rainathon'.

Apparently, both Chiang Rai and Korat will be playing in galoshes.

Hi B'muff and Sweden. Prediction - Swatcats 2-1  :D


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Cheers Roger, alot of rain around in Bangkok at the moment. Already getting excited about the match.


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The Swatcats lost last night's semi final on penalties. Report to follow later.


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The Swatcats take on Prachuap this weekend (Saturday 22nd September KO 19.00 hours, TV coverage TBC). Premier League newcomers Prachuap have had a most successful first season and will provide difficult opposition.
Thaiwolf prediction; Draw.


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League Cup Semi final played at Supachalasai Stadium

FT Chang Rai United 1 NRFC 1

Chiang Rai United beat Nakhon Ratchasima 3-1 in a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw at the Supachalasai Stadium in Bangkok.
Chiang Rai started brightly and had the first effort on goal in the sixth minute when Phititwat struck his drive wide from 20 yards. After continual pressure, the Beetles opened the scoring five minutes later when Chaiyawat fired in.

In a half completely dominated by Chang Rai whose movement off the ball and slick passing left the Swatcats players chasing shadows, the men from Korat were lucky to go into the half only one down.

The phrase “the team did not turn up tonight” might have been ascribed to the Swatcats in the first half and at half time, it was difficult to see away back for the men in orange.

The second half commenced with a more determined approach from the Swatcats and they began to exert pressure on the Chang Rai defence. In the 49th minute Kunath went close with a clever header after a chipped pass from Pina. Chang Rai then countered and Siwakorn smashed in from 12 yards but the keeper managed to beat his drive away.

In the 68th minute a vicious Pina free kick was headed off the line as the Swatcats searched for an equalizer. With time running out, the Swatcats continued to dominate and their dominance was rewarded when they won a penalty in the 72ndminute. Thanasak brought down Leandro and the Brazilian took the kick himself, firing low into the corner to level the score.
On 78 minutes Swatcat elation was turned to despair when, with Chiang Rai fading, Jakkit slotted home at the far post but the flag was up for offside.

Full time ended with the Swatcats looking the stronger of the two teams although Sivacorn had a chance to win the tie in the dying minutes with his rasping drive going narrowly wide.

A largely uneventful first period of extra time was followed by a second period in which the Swatcats had their chances to seal the tie. Assumpcao prodded over from 6 yards out and then the striker had a real chance to win it when he swiveled but his shot went straight into the keeper’s arms.

The tie then went to penalties and misses from Shahrel, Jakkit and Chanatphon sealed the tie for Chang Rai.


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A friend watched the game on TV and on the local expat forum here, reported that the Swat cats 'offside' goal was nothing of the sort and should not have been disallowed! That's tough.


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Dateline 22nd September 2018

 FT NRFC 3 Prachuap Kiri Khan 3

Attendance; 2372

Striker Jakkit looked lively in early exchanges as the Swatcats probed - he is not the finished article just yet but I feel he will make a useful target man in the future. Despite the home team having the better of early encounters, Reis drew a fine save from Cunningham in the 18th minute.

The Swatcat’s approach play was fine tonight but often the final pass went astray as they pressed for an early advantage. The home team’s first real chance came in the 31st minute when Akekanat headed a Pina corner onto the crossbar. Almost immediately Prachuap broke forward and Reis missed from 8 yards with only the keeper to beat.

With the game suddenly bursting into life, the home team went ahead when Kitsada swept the ball in at the far post after a fine break from Ekkachai.

As the half drew to a close, the home team looked good value for their 37th minute lead.

In the 49th minute Ekkachai pounced on a poor clearance from the keeper and sent a 40 yard rocket just inches wide of the upright. As the Swatcats began to dominate, Assumpcao went close in the 54th minute and in the 64th minute they went two up when Shahrel tapped in after fine work from Pina.

Prachuap struck back immediately when a deflected Doumbouya shot looped over keeper Cunningham. The home team, still looking composed, was denied a third goal when a sharp near post header from Jakkit stuck the upright.
The points were seemingly in the bag when Assumpcao headed in on 72nd minutes and with coach Joksic looking very emotional on the sidelines, things were looking bright for the men from Korat.

With the Swatcats now rampant, Jakkit fired in from 20 yards, the keeper parried and the ball fell to Assumpcao’s feet but he failed to make a clear contact and the ball was cleared.

With a comfortable and deserved 3-1 lead, the hosts relaxed and Prachuap took full advantage of this lapse. An unmarked Doumbouya nodded in on 81 minutes and the visitors completed the comeback in the 93rd minute when Cunningham dropped an innocuous looking shot and Reis tapped in.

The referee used VAR to review the incident but he allowed the goal.

Two points dropped against a poor Prachuap side - as it happens it doesn’t really matter but disappointing none the less. Joksic started with two real strikers at last - Jakkit and Assumpcao and we scored three goals - perhaps the penny has finally dropped.
Tonight’s performance was fine but why can’t the coach realize that his recent ploy of playing Akekanat - a wing back - as the sole striker is probably not the best strategy. Perhaps the attendance figure is testament to the coach’s negative tactics. Fans will not turn up to watch a team averaging 2 or 3 shots on target per match.


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Hi TW and thanks for the report  ;D

A disappointing result after being 2-0 and 3-1 up and something to learn - holding on! However, it is really encouraging scoring 3 goals, getting ahead and having more positive play all round. Surely Joksic can't just be learning at his age  ???

As you say, the dismal attendance is a result of Joksic' tactics which are sad IMO.

Never mind, onwards and upwards !

PS - did Adiyah return to Thailand as rumoured ? ATB Roger
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Hi Roger, no news on Adiyiah. Perhaps he'll sign up for someone next season


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The Swatcats are being thrown to the Sharks this weekend as they take on Chonburi FC. (Saturday 29th September KO 17.45, TV coverage Truesports 2). With both teams pretty well sure of survival this merely becomes a battle for 8th place although in reality both teams need a couple more points to be 100% sure of maintaining their TPL status.

Both sides will be happy for a point apiece so Thaiwolf is guessing at a draw.

Thaiwolf prediction; Draw.


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Thaiwolf with Chonburi star Noppanon after yesterday's clash


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OK TW - I thought the fit young Chonburi star was the one on the left until the second photo  ;)  If I had known you were going . . .

Looking forward to your match report - happy to see we have a goalscorer so well done Assumpcao  ;D

Now we just need a coach  :o
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Sweet mouth Roger. Still not safe. I'm getting anxious again. Chang Rai and Bangkok Glass to come. If we lose those games............


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Not the first time I've been accused of 'pak wan' M8  :)  ATB
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Dateline 29th September 2018

 FT Chonburi 3 NRFC 1

Attendance; 3769

As the game commenced, the Swatcats had an early let off when they carelessly gave the ball away in midfield and only a great save from Cunningham avoided a disastrous opening. In the 5th minute, we saw the other side of keeper Cunningham when he mis controlled a back pass and presented Kroekrit with the ball. Kroekrit accepted the gift and tapped in to give the Sharks an early lead.

The visitors persevered in midfield but the inability to convert possession into chances was, as usual, evident. Assumpcao had a free kick blocked in what was one of few chances managed in the opening exchanges.

As Chonburi began to dominate, Ciro almost made the most of poor Swatcat defending when he nipped in and drew a near post save from Cunningham. Minutes later, more woeful defending presented an unmarked Worachit with a tap in on 32 minutes to put the Sharks two up.

On 38 minutes, Assumpcao gave the Swatcats a glimmer of hope when he beat two defenders on the edge of the box and fired in from 12 yards - a fine solo goal.
In the dying seconds of the first half, VAR drama, as the official checked whether Cunningham had brought down a Chonburi striker. He quickly decided that there was no offence committed.

The second half was largely played in farcical conditions as the heavens opened to produce a deluge that I have rarely experienced at a Thai football match. Constructive football was a nonstarter, although by then, Chonburi had already sealed a victory. The only highlights of note - barely visible through the stair rods of falling rain, were a Nebihi dazzling solo run through the defence ending in a tame shot and the Shark’s third goal, a weak shot from Kroekrit that literally crawled across the waterlogged pitch into the net to evade a stranded Cunningham.

Another insipid display, rather typical of the Swatcats’ recent performances. Little up front and tonight fragile at the back. The second half maelstrom had negligible effect on the result although it did reduce the match to farce. Sheltering under the stand with fellow boisterous Swatcat followers during the storm did nothing to reduce the malaise of tonight’s spectacle. How I yearned for the comfort and cover of my usual seat in the main stand at the 80th Anniversary Stadium!!