Thai FA Cup: Songkhla humiliates TOT

Thai League Cup and FA Cup Songkhla FC

Songkhla FC
Thananuwat Srirasant

This seasons Thai FA Cup is served in sliced pieces only. Two matches were on schedules last Wednesday when underdog Songkhla FC slashed TOT midweek, while the 2009 cup Winner was knocked out by Bangkok Glass.

The game between Thai Port and Bangkok Glass last week, finally closed the cups 3rd round, which already saw his first game at the beginning of July. Indeed, the match was some kind of a replay. The first attempt had to aborted at half time a few months ago due to downpour. Last weeks meeting started from scratch, although the bookings kept valid. In 2010 both sides failed to make it to the 4th round and with Thai Port, the cup winner from 2009 failed once more at this stage.
Nevertheless, Bangkok Glass had to go over 120 minutes to cause a decision.

Amnaj Kaewkiew scored for the guests in the 92 minute and put them up front. Goal-getter and international Sarayuut Chaikamdee made it two with five minutes remaining in extra time. A strike from distance, taking by Peter Laeng, hit the crossbar and Narong Wisetsri between the sticks looked without a chance to get to the ball. The rebound was an easy one for Sarayuut.

In the other match of the day second division side Songkhla FC came away with a big surprise. The team from the south of Thailand had to take on Thai Premier League side TOT on away and the Bangkok based telecom boys got humiliated. At half time the visitors held on to a slim margin by one goal. But after an our played it was a comfortable 3-0 lead. Arthit Boonpa from TOT hit the ball into the own net. At least in the 82 minute Japanese Takahiro Kawamura scored a honorary goal for TOT and marked the final score line of 4-1. For the first time in history, Songkhla reached the quarter finals of the Thai FA Cup. Other clubs are waiting there are Chainat FC, Division One side as well, and Regional League club Loei City.

On this week Wednesday, two more matches of the Fa Cup on the schedule. Muang Thong welcomes Bangkok Glass at Yamaha Stadium. Bangkok Glass hopes to make forget the 6-2 defeat at the same place in a league tie a few weeks ago. The winner will advance to the round of last 16 and is to face Pattaya United on away.  Army United is to face titleholder Chonburi at home in a round of last 16 match.

Police United vs Buriram-PEA had to be called off because Thammasat stadium is flooded. On current situation in Thailand the two previous mentioned cup ties could be called off on a short notice as well. Both clubs are monitoring the situation of their grounds very closely.

In 2010 we have seen the cup final took place in November. Because of the persistent appointment difficulties in the league and the flood in Thailand a final is very likely to be happen at the end of January 2012.
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