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The Swatcats take on Champions Buriram United this weekend (Saturday 11th May KO 1800 hours, TV coverage Truesports 2).

This will be an extremely tough encounter for the Swatcats, but it will provide a chance for the men from Korat to try to beat the best.

Thaiwolf prediction: Draw


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The draw for the round of 32 of the LEAGUE CUP will take place today. Each of the 16 TPL teams will be drawn away to lower league teams.

The matches will take place next Wednesday 15th May.

I will advise of the Swatcat’s opponents as soon as I receive the results of the draw.


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TW - that's gonna be quite a Saturday - a Wedding early morning, Swatcats at 6pm and the EPL at 9pm  ;D

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I see the EPL games are Sunday !
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The Swatcats have drawn MOF Customs United in the League Cup.

MOF Customs United Football Club or Ministry of Finance Customs United Football Club is a Thai football club based in Samut Prakan Province. They currently play in the Thai League 2.


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Dateline 11th May 2019

 FT Buriram United 2 NRFC 0

Attendance; 15867

The Thunder Castle was the venue for this the first Isaan derby clash of the season.

In a pulsating start, the home side started brightly with Cunningham called upon to make a save in the first minute. The Swatcats then countered and Assumpcao blasted in a shot that the keeper tipped into the side netting.

With Buriram looking menacing going forward, the visitors defended with great resolve but in the 21st minute Buriram went ahead with a superb free kick from Luong Xuam Truong.

As the game developed into a tense midfield battle, few chances were created but in the 43rd minute, Amadou went on a mazy run but he pushed his shot wide.
As the first half drew to a close, Buriram went in one up but the visitors were certainly not out of it.

The second half commenced with the Swatcats pushing forward with Yaya Kunath volleying wide and a clever free kick routine presenting him with a chance to prod in, but he was thwarted by the home keeper. Buriram countered and keeper Cunningham was forced to push a low drive wide of the upright.

In the 58th minute, Amadou was brought down inches outside the box, he claimed a penalty, but replays confirmed a correct decision by the referee - no penalty - well done ref!! Minutes later an excellent passing move put Kunath clear, but his shot was well saved by the home keeper.

In what was proving to be a dominant period of play by the visitors, Buriram were forced onto the back foot and Henry headed in from a free kick in the 72nd minute but the goal was ruled offside.

Against the run of play, Buriram went two up when Suphanat slotted home in the 79th minute and as the match meandered to a conclusion, part of me perhaps thinks that the Swatcats deserved a point tonight.

A great battle and a decent performance against a strong Buriram side. Individuals competed well and the team certainly were not outclassed by a side who probably will go on to win the title. The second half performance, in which they more than matched Buriram was very encouraging.

Footnote; Superb support from the Swatcat fans who filled the visiting fans enclosure


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Thanks for that TW. I saw the Swatcat support on TV and it was stunning.

In the 1st half I thought the ref was very tough on US, paricularly one superb chase back sliding tackle from Krisada, strong, fast and clean. But we give away a lot of silly obvious fouls too. Buriram were at the Referee all the time.

As the game went on I thought the Swatcats played with more composure - the first goal was a little lucky in the free kick being given and clipping in from the inside of the post. Cunningham nearly got to it - a super strike. Cunningham, makes me chuckle he seems SO cool   8)

Did you go ? Couldn't see you in the pic. ATB
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Hi Roger, unfortunately I couldn't make it - too busy on the home front!!! Plaudits to all who made the trip.


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Just a reminder, the Swatcats play Customs United in the League Cup on Wednesday 15th May. KO time to be confirmed.



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5 Port fans on their way to tonight's cup game at Nong Bua were killed when their minibus was involved in a head on crash.
A sad day for the thai football community.


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The Swatcats were eliminated from the League Cup by MOF Customs United in this evening’s tie. The match went to extra time and penalties. The score at the end of extra time was 1-1. Customs went through 5-4 (4-3) on penalties.
The Swatcats, along with most TPL teams fielded an understrength team.


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The Swatcats take on struggling Premier League newcomers Chiang Mai United (Sunday 18th May, KO 1800 hours, TV coverage TBC).

The Lanna Tigers have found it difficult to adapt to the physical rigours of the top tier and the hosts should be hoping for a three-point haul.

Thaiwolf prediction; Home win.


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One of the football fans killed when a minibus crashed earlier in the week was a well known "fan leader" named Spiderming. He was from Korat and often supported the Swatcats when they were not playing his beloved Port.


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Thanks for the updates TW. Sunday is surely a MUST win for the Swatcats. I wasn't too worried about the League Cup but always a shame to lose IMO.

Condolence to Port and their Fans.
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Confirmed : the Swatcats game tomorrow will be televised live on Truesports Channel 357. KO 1800 hours


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Dateline 19th May

 FT NRFC 4 Chiang Mai 2

Attendance; 10365

Struggling Chiang Mai were the opponents tonight.

In a stunning start to the match, 30 seconds in, a cross from Assumpcao was deflected inches wide of the upright by a Chiang Rai defender. Chiang Mai quickly settled and in fact they played some decent passing football belying their lowly position in the table.

With Amadou an almost constant threat, Kunath latched onto one of his crosses and headed into Assumpcao’s path whose low drive from 12 yards was blocked on the line by a defender.

The hosts continued to probe but with the visitors playing arguably the better football - indeed spurning a great chance to go ahead on the break in the 39th minute, an entertaining match drew to a goalless first half conclusion.

The Swatcats opened the second half brightly with Assumpcao’s attempted flick going close. Minutes later he atoned for that miss when he pounced on an exquisitely timed Amadou through ball and stroked the ball calmly into the net to give the hosts the lead.

Minutes later Akekanat went close with a towering header as the hosts began to dominate. Later in a carbon copy move Akekanat again rose like a salmon out of an evening stream but this time made the net bulge to put the Swatcats deservedly two up.

There then followed a dramatic final 15 minutes during which 4 goals were scored. Chiang Mai pulled one back in the 76th minute when Mustafa Azido outpaced Akekanat to slide home then Henri struck from outside the box to regain the two-goal lead. The brave Lanna Tigers again struck back when they were awarded a disputed penalty for handball in the 86th minute.  Gionata converted the kick.
The game was finally put to bed when Amadou scored a sensational forth as he cut into the box and larruped the ball into the net.

Three points and another four-goal haul in this exciting encounter. Things are looking good for the Swatcats at the moment and given the present momentum, I expect the team to hover around the top six mark for the rest of the season.
The signings of Amadou and Henry were a masterstroke and as their partnership with Assumpcao develops, I see only productive times ahead.
A word here for Chiang Mai, they fought bravely with some skillful football - I hope they stay up.