Bangkok Glass down Chonburi to win maiden Thai FA Cup

Bangkok Glass won the Thai FA Cup for the first time in their history on Sunday evening after beating Chonburi 1-0 in the final.

Following a goalless first half at the Supachalasai Stadium, the breakthrough arrived ten minutes from time when Namibia international Lazarus Kaimbi found the back of the net to hand the Glass Rabbits the win.

However, Anurak Srikerd’s charges also had goalkeeper Narit Taweekul to thank as he put in an assured display at the back, which included a fine save to keep out an excellent attempt by Adul Lahso midway through the first half.

By winning the FA Cup, Bangkok Glass also booked their place in continental competition for 2015, although it is likely they will have to qualify for the AFC Champions League through the playoffs.

Meanwhile, Chonburi will be left wondering what might have been as they missed the chance to win silverware for the second time in recent weeks, after relinquishing their lead in the Thai Premier League and being ultimately pipped to the title by Buriram United.

Chonburi: Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool, Niweat Siriwong, Yuki Bamba, Suttinun Phuk-hom, Korakod Wiriyaudomsiri, Adul Lahso, Anderson dos Santos, Chakrit Buathong, Juliano Mineiro, Natthaphong Samana, Pipob On-mo (Thiago Cunha 63’).

Bangkok Glass: Narit Taweekul, Wasan Homsaen, Pravinwat Boonyong, Teruyuki Moniwa, Suwannapat Kingkkaew, Jetsadakorn Hemdaeng (Suphasek Kaikaew 74’), Peerapong Pichitchotirat, Darko Tasevski, Phuritad Jarikanon, Lazarus Kaimbi, Blaze Ilijoski (Goshi Okubo 66’).

Bangkok Glass, Chonburi to meet in Thai FA Cup final

Bangkok Glass advanced to the final of the Thai FA Cup for the second year running after beating Chiangrai United on penalties following a 1-1 draw in Saturday’s semi-final.

It was the Glass Rabbits who took the lead at the Rajamangala Stadium when Lazarus Kaimbi netted in the 63rd minute, only for Leandro Assumpcao to equalise for Chiangrai with nine minutes remaining.

With neither side able to find a winner in the remainder of the 90 minutes, the game then proceeded to extra-time and following another goalless half-hour, it was then down to penalties to decide the victor.

In the end, it was Bangkok Glass who kept their nerve as they prevailed 5-4 in the shootout to book their place in the final and keep alive their hopes of bettering last year’s performance, when they lost 3-1 to Buriram United.

Standing between them and silverware on this occasion are Chonburi¸who advanced from the last four on Sunday after beating Suphanburi 1-0 at the Rajamangala Stadium.

The winner arrived a minute after the hour mark when Juliano Mineiro found the back of the net to win it for the Sharks, and keep alive their hopes of winning the FA Cup for the second time following their maiden triumph in 2010.

Saturday’s Thai FA Cup Semi-final Results

Bangkok Glass 1-1 Chiangrai United (after extra-time; 5-4 on penalties)

Sunday’s Thai FA Cup Semi-final Results

Suphanburi 0-1 Chonburi

Chonburi stroll into semis; BK Glass oust Muangthong

Chonburi booked their place in the last four of the Thai FA Cup in dominant fashion on Wednesday after beating TOT 6-1 in their quarter-final tie.

The Sharks took the lead at the Stadium Chaeng Watthana after nine minutes when Yuki Bamba did well to break down the left and drill in a cross to leave Juliano Mineiro with a simple tap-in.

Nonetheless, TOT managed to equalise in the 17th minute after a lovely bit of skill from Gong Young-sun saw him take Prakit Deeprom’s cross past a defender and into his path, before firing past Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool.

But a minute after the half-hour mark, Chonburi reclaimed the advantage when Chakrit Buathong got in behind his man and sent a lovely lob over the onrushing Weera Koedpudsa.

They then edged further ahead in the 49th minute when the TOT defence was once again carved open; Thiago Cunha racing onto a through-ball before clinically firing into the back of the net.

And Thiago was at it again four minutes after the hour mark when he met Nattaphong Samana’s precise left-wing cross with a diving header into the bottom corner.

The contest was then all but over in the 75th minute when Nattaphong got a goal of his own in fortuitous fashion as he mishit a cross and sent it straight towards goal; the referee awarding the strike after it had crossed the line before being clawed out by Weera.

Still, Chonburi were not finished yet and completed the rout five minutes from time with a sixth goal after Korakod Wiriyaudomsiri lined up a freekick on the edge of the box, and proceeded to send a spectacular effort into the top corner.

Bangkok Glass are also through to the semi-finals after putting their recent Thai Premier League woes behind them to claim an impressive 2-1 win over giants Muangthong United at the Leo Stadium.

The Glass Rabbits drew first blood in the 25th minute as they edged ahead in the 25th minute when Lazarus Kaimbi broke free down the right, before firing a shot past Kawin Thamsatchanan at his near post.

Four minutes before the break, it was 2-0 when Goshi Okubo scored from the spot after he had been tripped inside the box by Milan Bubalo as he was about to pull the trigger.

However, they were dealt a real blow a minute after the hour mark when Phuritad Jarikanon was shown a straight red, after catching Kim Dong-jin on the knee with a dangerous studs-up challenge.

With the numerical advantage, Muangthong did manage to pull one back in the 75th minute when Kasidech Wettayawong was left with a simple finish into the unguarded net after Narit Taweekul had blocked Cleiton Silva’s initial effort, although the hosts ultimately held out for the win.

Meanwhile, Suphanburi advanced to the last four for the first time in their history after beating Bangkok United 2-1 at the Suphanburi Municipality Stadium.

Bireme Diouf fired the War Elephants in front five minutes before halftime when sent a thumping header home at the near post after being picked out by Jakkapan Pornsai’s corner.

But six minutes after the hour mark, the visitors responded through a set-piece of their own; Sompong Soleb stooping low to meet Romain Gasmi’s delivery with a glancing header that squirmed in under Anurak Chompoopruk’s body.

Alas, it was Suphanburi who had the final say as Diouf struck again in the 74th minute, lashing home the winner from eight yards after the Angels had failed to clear their lines to send his side through.

In Wednesday’ final clash, Chiangrai United completed the semi-final line-up with a 1-0 victory over Bangkok FC at the United Stadium.

The only goal of the game came after three minutes when Fernando Abreu was first to react to a loose ball inside the box, and blasted a shot in from just outside the six-yard box.

 Wednesday’s Thai FA Cup Quarter-final Results

Bangkok Glass 2-1 Muangthong United

Chiangrai United 1-0 Bangkok FC

Suphanburi 2-1 Bangkok United

TOT 1-6 Chonburi

Thailand star Teerasil seals loan move to Almeria

Thailand international Teerasil Dangda will join Almeria at the start of the 2014/15 Spanish season, the La Liga club have confirmed.

Teerasil, regarded in recent years as the best striker in Southeast Asia, has spent the last five years with Thai giants Muangthong United, with whom he has won the Premier League title three times.

However, a move to Europe has looked on the cards in recent times especially after the 25-year-old first went on trial with Atletico Madrid at the start of last year.

Even though he did enough to earn a second stint with Los Rojiblancos recently, there was no word on whether coach Diego Simeone was keen on signing him on a permanent basis.

Nonetheless, the uncertainty over his future was ended on Wednesday after Almeria confirmed they had agreed a deal with Muangthong to sign him on loan, with an option for a permanent transfer.

Club CEO Jose Juan Bonillo and sporting director Alberto Benito will both fly to Thailand on February 18 to finalise details of the deal, it was confirmed on the club’s official website.

This marks Teerasil’s second foray into European football after he was one of three Thai players to sign for Manchester City when they were owned by Thaksin Shiniwatra, although he failed to make a single appearance for the Barclays Premier League side.

Almeria also claimed both City and Atletico were interested in Teerasil’s services, and described him as a “versatile attacker” who is capable of playing as the focal point in attack, a second striker, an attacking midfielder or on the wings.

“Teerasil Dangda has great quality, is fast, skilful and has great vision as well, which helps him make a lot of assists for his team-mates,” the club added.

The Bangkok native, who has scored 29 goals in 58 caps for Thailand, is likely to remain at the Twin Qilins for the first half of their 2014 campaign – which starts later this month – before moving to Spain.

Buriram edge Muangthong to claim Kor Royal Cup

Buriram United claimed their first piece of silverware in 2014 on Saturday after beating Muangthong United 1-0 to win the Kor Royal Cup.

The only goal of the game came in the 78th minute when new signing Jay Simpson netted for the Thunder Castle, which proved enough for the victory.

Having enjoyed a dominant year last term, where they won the treble of the Thai Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup, Buriram entered Saturday’s game looking to begin 2014 in the same vein.

However, the match – the traditional curtain raiser to the new season – also provided the Twin Qilins the opportunity to state their ambitions for the coming year.

But although both sides looked lively early on, it was Buriram who had a golden opportunity to take the lead when they were awarded a penalty in the 38th minute following a foul on Suchao Nutnum inside the area, only for Witsanusak Kaewruang to keep out the veteran’s effort.

Shortly before the break, the Thunder Castle had the ball in the back of the net via a Carmelo Gonzalez effort, but it was correctly ruled out for offside.

Looking to add a different dimension in attack, Buriram coach Alejandro Menendez then decided to bring Simpson on for Leandro Torres.

And the substitution proved to be a masterstroke 12 minutes from time when the ex-Arsenal man beat Artit Daosawang, before coolly firing past Witsanusak to win it for Buriram.

Buriram do the double with FA Cup win over BK Glass

 (BKG: Chatree Chimtale 17’ BUR: Osmar Barba 31’; Carmelo Gonzalez 53’; Kai Hirano 60’)

Thai Premier League champions Buriram United did the double on Sunday after winning the Thai FA Cup with a come-from-behind 3-1 victory over ten-man Bangkok Glass.

It was the Glass Rabbits who had taken the lead at the Thammasat Stadium in the 17th minute when Chatree Chimtale scored with a clinical finish, but Buriram pulled level just after the half-hour mark thanks to an Osmar Barba penalty.

The Thunder Castle then edged ahead in the 53rd minute when Carmelo Gonzalez scored with an excellent header, before Kai Hirano added a third seven minutes later to wrap up the victory.

To add insult to injury, Bangkok Glass finished the game with ten men after Australian defender Goran Subara was sent off in the 80th minute for a second bookable offence.

While it was Buriram who entered Sunday’s game as favourites given their all-conquering ways in the league this season, there was certainly plenty of reason for their opponents to be motivated given a spot in the 2014 AFC Champions League, along with silverware, was on offer.

To make matters even more interesting, Bangkok Glass boss Attaphol Puspakom was looking to mastermind a win over his former club, who unceremoniously parted ways with him earlier this year just hours after he had led them to the knockout round of Asia’s premier club competition.

And it was his current charges who got the game off to a brighter start, threatening for the first time in the fifth minute when Teeratep Winothai burst past Anawin Jujeen down the left and crossed for Chatree, who seemed destined to score from four yards out until Pratum Chuthong raced across to make a fine block.

Two minutes later, Chatree had another chance when he got in behind the opposition defence but took just too long to fire his shot away, allowing Pratum to make a vital challenge once more.

But at the third time of asking, there was to be no denying the 29-year-old as he put the Glass Rabbits in front in the 17th minute; racing onto Teeratep’s glorious through-ball and rifling a shot into the bottom corner despite Osmar’s close attentions.

The goal did however spark Buriram, who had looked lacklustre in the opening exchanges, to life and they had their first sighting at goal five minutes later when Carmelo pounced on a loose ball inside the box, only to see his shot take a slight deflection and trickle just wide.

However, the Thunder Castle were gifted an excellent chance to pull level on the half-hour mark when they were awarded a penalty, after a poorly-timed challenge by Teeratep saw him hack down Jirawat Makarom inside the box.

Osmar stepped up to the plate and made no mistake, coolly firing past Narit Taweekul’s despairing dive and into the bottom corner to restore parity.

Buoyed at finding the equaliser, Buriram began to take control of proceedings as the half wore to a close, and just eight minutes after the break, they found themselves in front.

Having escaped from his opponent down the left, Suchao Nutnum assessed his options before floating a pinpoint delivery to Carmelo, who met it with a terrific glancing header into the bottom corner.

Seven minutes later, the Spaniard turned provider as he broke free on the right and held up the ball before skipping outside Piyachart Tamaphan and crossing for the unmarked Hirano, who was left with the simple task of nodding the ball into the back of the net to make it 3-1.

It was now Bangkok Glass’ turn to try and muster a response but, apart from their promising start, they were really struggling to trouble the opposition defence.

Flavien Michelini had a half-chance in the 68th minute when he reacted quickest to a loose ball and sent a half-volley towards goal, only to see it just swerve wide at the last moment.

Try as they might, the Glass Rabbits were just lacking that extra bit of invention in the attacking third and their frustrations boiled over in the 80th minute; Subara issued his marching orders after receiving a second yellow for dissent.

Instead, it looked more likely that Buriram were going to add another in the closing stages and that nearly happened four minutes from time when Carmelo raced through on goal and skipped past Narit.

But just as he was about to wheel away in celebration after sending his shot towards the unguarded net, Leandro dos Santos rushed back in time to clear it off the line.

Nonetheless, that was but a minor and insignificant victory for Bangkok Glass on an evening that belonged to the Thunder Castle, who did not have to wait long after to celebrate a third consecutive FA Cup title and move one step closer to the treble, with a League Cup final against Ratchaburi awaiting them on November 23.

Bangkok Glass: Narit Taweekul, Wasan Homsaen, Goran Subara, Pravinwat Boonyong, Piyachart Tamaphan, Leandro dos Santos, Suphasek Kaikaew (Hironori Saruta 67’), Peter Lang (Thanasit Siriphala 89’), Flavien Michelini (Phuritad Jarikanon 86’), Teeratep Winothai, Chatree Chimtale.

Buriram United: Sivaruck Tedsungnoen, Tanasak Srisai, Osmar Barba, Pratum Chuthong (Jakkraphan Kaewprom 46’), Anawin Jujeen (Suree Sukha 63’), Jirawat Makarom, Manuel Redondo, Theerathon Bunmathan, Suchao Nutnum, Kai Hirano (Adisak Kraisorn 88’), Carmelo Gonzalez.