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Thai FA Cup: Chonburi kicked out early

Thai League Cup and FA Cup Pipob On-Mo

Pipob On-Mo celebrates his goal
Thananuwat Srirasant

Despite the floods in Thailand, two Thai FA cup ties games took place during the week. Current holder Chonburi saw his elimination at early stage whiles 2010 finalist Muang Thong United booked his ticket to Pattaya. However, the biggest controversy might have come from the match between Police United and Buriram-PEA, which was on the schedule, but not kicked.

Chonburi FC will finish the season 2011 without any title. Kicked out of the AFC Cup by eventual winner Nasaf Qarshi, with just a theoretical chance to win the league, failed in the League Cup and now been eliminated by Army United in the Thai FA Cup. With one of their best performances since long Army defeated the 2011 cup winner. After 33 minutes goalgetter Leandro brought the home side up front. Chonburi showed improved in the second half. "Sharks" skipper Pipob On-Mon leveled with five minutes before the end of the game.

With one minute remaining in regular time, Army regained the lead. In the dying minutes of the game Leandro had to leave the pitch after being booked twice, and despite of three minutes of injury time Chonburi could not come back.

The other match of the day saw two clubs which are affected by the flood disaster, Muang Thong and Bangkok Glass. In particular the guest from Pathum Thani. Even though the game was kicked off late, at 19:45, not many away supporters did the trip to Yamaha stadium for obvious reasons.

For the whole 90 minutes the visitors side had nothing to order and that the game went into penalties, flatters a little. Muang Thong had more of the game and was superior. Without Datsakorn Thonglao and Teersail Dangda, Robbie Fowler put himself in the starting line-up. Though he did not hit the net he justified his own nomination. Very often he proved a good eye and played some lovely and smart passes. However, the referee was lacking a good eye when he denied penalties on both sides. Muang Thong took the lead after 20 minutes and almost from nothing Bangkok Glass equalized shortly before the end of the match. In injury time Fowler first the left, then the right post within less seconds. Kunihiko Takizawa was the unlucky fellow in the penalty shoot-out as he saw his kick saved by Kawin.

Muang Thong now is to face Pattaya United on 30 November in the round of the last 16. Remaining in the Thai FA Cup, and still with the chance to finish second in the league, the club retains his chance to start in the AFC Cup next year.

The game between Police United and Buriram-PEA might provide the biggest controversy of the Thai FA cup this year. On the weekend before the
game, it was called off, because of a flooded Thammasat stadium. Furthermore Police United was not able to practice properly and many players went home to take care of their families hit by the flood. The club submitted a letter the to the FA in order to postpone the game. Thus it was granted, however, virtually from nothing the tie was back on schedule with a lead time of 24 hours. PAT stadium was named as venue, but of course Police United did not show up. While Buriram not effected by floods made it to the stadium, including 11 busses with approx. 500 fans. According to the rule book, the game automatically turned into a walkover for Buriram. Newin Chidchob, owner of the club, declared that everybody has to be professional and that's the reason why they showed up. It seems like he just forgot the flooded area around Thammasat. And rather he probably fears an other fixture in December which could have an impact one of the three titles he aims for (FA Cup, League Cup, championship). Now, in any case, Police United will try to exhaust all legal remedies. If the worst comes to the worst, the club could be banned from competition for a time of 1-2 years because of no show.
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