Port FC restored some pride as they battled back from two goals down to take a point at home to Buriram United on Sunday.
Bangkok United missed the chance to pull clear of Port and closer to Buriram as they were held at Nakhon Ratchasima, while Bangkok Glass exploited some very poor Sukhothai defending as they thrashed their relegation rivals.
Here are three things we saw on T1 Matchday 26.
- Port make a point
It looked a depressingly familiar scenario for Port FC fans when Diogo Luis Santo put Buriram United 2-0 ahead at the PAT Stadium, just 31 minutes into Sunday’s game. The hosts had gone 3-0 down before half-time to the same opponents four days earlier in their 3-1 FA Cup defeat.
But this time, the Port Lions demonstrated the battling spirit that had been lacking in recent performances, pulling one back through Pakorn Prempak before the interval and levelling with a strike from Kim Sung-hwan early in the second half.
Port may not be lifting any silverware this year but at least they let their fans know that they will fight to the end of the season, with their desire having been questioned after last weekend’s loss at 10-man Bangkok United, the midweek submission to Buriram and back-to-back defeats to Air Force United.
- Angels fail to make Buriram pay
With the league leaders dropping two points at the PAT Stadium, second-placed Bangkok United had a rare opportunity to close the gap at the top.
Unfortunately, the Bangkok Angels could only manage a 0-0 draw at Nakhon Ratchasima as the Swatcats edged closer to safety. Buriram remain nine points clear and comfortably on course for another title.
Mano Polking’s men are not the first team to struggle to get score against the Isan side who have now conceded just three goals in their last seven games.
They have scored just four times in that same period so it is their defensive strength that is helping them stay clear of the relegation zone.
It might not be thrill-a-minute football in Nakhon Ratchasima but it looks like the club will be in T1 in 2019.
- Sukhothai slips hand Bangkok Glass three points
It was one of the biggest games of the season for both sides as Bangkok Glass hosted Sukhothai on Saturday. The two clubs were level on 30 points, just one point above the relegation zone at kickoff.
A tense first half gave way to a farcical second as Sukhothai’s blunders gifted the home side a 5-1 victory to pull away from danger.
Pairot Eimmak palmed the ball into the path of Surachat Sareepim for the opener before a defensive mix-up let in Ariel Rodriguez and the Costa Rican’s low cross was turned into his own net by Narongrit Boonsuk.
There was almost a second own goal as Piyarat Lajungreed helped a corner towards his own goal. When the ball came off the post, Ariel won the battle with Pairot to force the ball home.
Anon Amornlerdsak added the fourth when he squeezed a shot under Pairot. Njiva Rakotoharimalala pulled one back but David Bala restored the four-goal advantage after Anon had beaten Pairot to a long ball forward.
It was a calamitous display from the Fire Bats in a crucial game, especially with Police Tero winning at Ubon and Suphanburi picking up a point against Muntg Thong United. The Glass Rabbits continue their impressive form with a third straight win making them firm favourites to secure T1 status for next year.