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Thai FA Cup 2011: Buriram and Muang Thong in the final

Thai League Cup and FA Cup Stefan Brasas

Karuna: ...finale oho, finale oho
Image: Thananuwat Srirasant

Buriram PEA and Muang Thong United are the finalists of the Thai FA Cup on 11 January 2012. While Buriram cruised to the final, Robbie Fowler's side had to go over penalties.

After Buriram-PEA eliminated BEC-Tero in the quarterfinal, Army United has been next on the list. Just as against BEC-Tero before, the Buriram boys made short work of Army United and beat them 2-0. At no time Army United even had a real chance and their dream of the final was all over a few minutes after kick off. Dawut Dinket grabbed Obama Florent's shirt in the box while Florent went on for a cross. The referee had no other choice than to award a penalty for Buriram. Thai international Suchao Nuchnum converted from the spot and marked the lead with just three minutes played in the first half. Frank Achempong doubled the lead about 20 minutes later and sealed the final scoreline.

Facing Division One side Songkhla, Muang Thong might could think of they have an easy task. But it turned out different and the highly favorites had to go over 120 minutes and penalties to make it to the final. However, in every case the spectators got a first-class cup fight to watch. None had properly taken a seat, and 40 seconds gone, the count was 1-0 for the underdog. It was on to Muang Thong player-coach Robbie Fowler to level the game with not even 12 minutes gone. It marked the half time score and shortly after the break the finalist of 2010 took the lead.

Who may thought Songkhla now would be finished, had been mistaken. Sani Saidu provided the answer in return with a cracker from distance. No chance for Kawin between the sticks. But after 120 minutes and 2-2 score, current Thailand's number two goalkeeper turned into hero, saving two penalty kicks.

Quarterfinal in the middle of last week, semi final on the weekend and only few days later the final. In a quick way the Thai FA tries to bring the cup to an end. Thereby the final at one time should have mark the highlight of a season since reintroduction of the competition three years ago. The horrible flood last year, King's Cup and SEA-Games, as well as above all a catastrophic planning by the league and the FA converting the FA Cup final into a side note. In addition, for the first time ever, the semi finals took place on neutral ground. Whether this was intention, or the fact of the narrow schedule, we do not know. However, we go with latter.

The final takes place on 11 January at Suphachalasai stadium. Information about the kick off time still varies between 18:00 and 19:00. However, we think it is going to be seven o'clock. As it is a midweek game and Newin was not even able to sell out Rajamangala stadium last weekend, you should not have any problems to get a ticket at the gates.
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