United search for goals as Chonburi hold league leaders

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Thai Premier League Football 2012 Season

While Pattaya United were battling to a goalless draw away at Wuachon last Sunday evening, the real drama was taking place back on the Eastern Seaboard as league leaders Muang Thong United had to come from behind twice to salvage a point against second placed Chonburi FC at the Chonburi Stadium.

Pattaya’s profligacy in front of goal came back to haunt them once more as they were unable to pierce the tough Wuachon back line in Songkhla.  United have now slipped perilously close to the relegation dog-fight with the ‘Dolphins’ just 3 points above the drop zone.

Pattaya United fought to a goalless draw against Wuachon United in Songkhla, southern Thailand last Sunday, August 26. (Photo/Pattaya United FC) Pattaya United fought to a goalless draw against Wuachon United in Songkhla, southern Thailand last Sunday, August 26. (Photo/Pattaya United FC)

Pattaya are on the road again this weekend with an away fixture against Thai Port FC in Bangkok on Saturday night and with their opponents just one place below them in the league, it’s a game United cannot afford to lose.

At the other end of the table the Chonburi ‘Sharks’ came out all guns blazing last Sunday against the league leaders and took the lead on the half hour mark through Noppanan Kachaplayut, who pounced on a mistake by Muang Thong keeper Kitpongsri.

The ‘Kirins’ had to wait until early in the second half to grab an equalizer from Adnan Barakat before Pipob On-mo headed the home team ahead once more with just 20 minutes to go.  Much to the consternation of their fans however, the ‘Sharks’ were unable to hold out until the end as Teerasil broke clear in the 77th minute to lob the ball over the Chonburi keeper and keep his team 10 points clear at the top of the league standings.

Thai Premier League Results & Standings (August 26)

Team P W D L +/- Pts
Muang Thong United 24 17 7 0 30 58
Chonburi 24 14 6 4 19 48
Buriram United 24 11 10 3 21 43
BEC Tero Sasana 24 11 5 8 0 38
Bangkok Glass 24 9 10 5 15 37
Army United 24 9 10 5 3 37
Esan United 24 8 10 6 1 34
Osotspa 24 10 3 11 3 33
TOT 24 7 9 8 2 30
Wuachon United 24 6 11 7 -3 29
Chiangrai United 24 6 9 9 -9 27
Chainat 24 5 11 8 -10 26
Samut Songkhram 24 7 5 12 -11 26
Pattaya United 23 5 9 9 -7 24
Thai Port 24 5 8 11 -16 23
BBCU 24 4 9 11 -13 21
Police United 23 4 8 11 -9 20
TTM Chiangmai 24 2 10 12 -16 16
Results:  Buriram United 3 – 2 Bangkok Glass; Esan United 2 – 1 Samut Songkhram; BBCU 1 – 1 TTM Chiangmai; Osotspa 4 – 1 Chiangrai United; Wuachon United 0 – 0 Pattaya United; Chainat 2 – 0 Thai Port; TOT 1 – 1 BEC Tero Sasana; Chonburi 2 – 2 Muang Thong United; Police United 0 – 1 Army United.