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Title: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on December 14, 2014, 05:54:45 PM
The Swatcats recently visited Bhutan, playing in the 'King's Cup'.
Now the close season, there will doubtless be many Players released from the Squad - and hopefully some new arrivals. The General Manager has resigned again.
Perhaps his surprising announcements that the Swatcats intended to sign, Thierry Henry, Diego Forlan and Nicholas Anelka, incurred some wrath somewhere !
If anyone has any other Swatcat news, please post it here. Suffering withdrawal symptoms atm.

 
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on February 14, 2015, 08:51:10 AM
Well here we go !
The Swatcats first season in the Thai Premier starts this Sunday 15th at the King's Stadium at 7pm.
Versus the mighty Muang Thong who finished second last year.
There will be no Henry, Forlan or Anelka on display - the close season has been a quiet one.
There will be a large crowd for sure and Sunday should be quite revealing - to me it seems  that the Swatcats are not likely to be up there with the front runners - a mid table finish ?
But there will be some good teams to watch and plenty of drama ................
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Al on February 14, 2015, 08:57:53 AM
I did wonder if, as a reward for their excellent season, the team is tossed into the pool with the bigger fish, the result is not a bit of a mixed blessing.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on February 14, 2015, 07:12:15 PM
Hi Al. The English language website is a bit quiet atm so I don't know much about what's going on. The last commentary I remember was that Swatcats ain't gonna be in the elite but should stay clear of the relegation area. But I fear it's going to be a long season !!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on February 16, 2015, 09:45:10 PM
Lost 0-1 to last years runners-up ! I couldn't join the 27,972 who attended.
(There may not be a higher TPL  attendance anywhere all season !)
Saw on TV, some empty seats. The team is not confident but when they tune in, that may come.
First home defeat for 2 full seasons.
Recommended dramas to come at the King's Stadium this year.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on February 17, 2015, 05:32:16 AM
clubwebsite.co.uk/koratfc - the site has come to life - worth a read ...............
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on February 28, 2015, 01:01:44 PM
Following defeat away to a powerful Suphanburi side last week, the Swatcats face SIAM NAVY at 6pm tomorrow Sunday 1st March. at the King's Stadium.
Ominously, the three sides at the bottom of the TPL are the three promoted from last season - mid-table looks a long way to go.
Never mind, with Thailand's biggest football crowd behind them, fortunes will start to turn soon - hopefully.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on March 03, 2015, 04:07:27 AM
Happy to report that a slightly wonky 2-1 victory lifts the Swatcats away from the TPL relegation places.
Two beautifully worked headed goals for our boys and a dubious penalty for Siam Navy.
But without looking impressive at all, a win is a win is a win. Well done Lads.
The next game is away at Chiang Rai on Saturday.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on April 01, 2015, 03:35:58 PM
Swatcats return to TPL action this Sunday AT Chonburi ........
Progress so far - sitting equal 9th on points with the mighty Buriram, Chonburi and BEC TS.
A real test coming !
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on April 10, 2015, 01:36:00 PM
The Swatcats - a good performance giving the mighty Chonburi a good run for a 2-2 draw.
The next Home game is against high flying Army United on April 25th at 7pm.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on April 24, 2015, 06:51:34 PM
BIG game for the SWATCATS tomorrow, Saturday, against second placed ARMY FC !
A good result would bring some real hope for the season but I'm not holding my breath !!
Come on SWATCATS.
Kick Off 7pm
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on April 26, 2015, 10:28:16 AM
Swatcats win 4-2 and rise to a safer looking 9th place in the TPL.
Quite a sporting occasion - 21,000 plus in the crowd and passionate support from the start.
IMO the team were inspired by the astounding workrate and enthusiasm of English centre forward Lee Tuck which seriously unsettled the Army defence early in the game. Good to see Gary Stevens ex. Brighton, Tottenham and England on the touchline and he has put together a good team and a very positive style of play. ( I would also have liked to see Matthew Elliott, an old mucker from Torquay United who was managing Army last year).

Those at the pulsating King's Stadium will have seen 4 really classy goals from the Swatcats.
The second of the 3 scored by Army FC - well I don't expect to see a better strike this season ...................

The Referee quite rightly received almost universal abuse but in extremely graphic language for a succession of strange and inconsistent decisions - Mrs R was upset that the Fans didn't show more understanding - sweet. Personally I think the Thai Football Authorities will need to ask NRFC to encourage the fans to moderate their shocking language as an example, from what is usually Thailand's biggest crowd.

Home again next Sunday - 6pm.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Taman Tun on April 26, 2015, 01:05:08 PM
Shocking language at a football match? Well, bless my soul.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on April 26, 2015, 06:48:15 PM
Thanks for your interest TT. I know you're a keen footy fan.
Virtually the whole crowd were chanting the one word - the 'c' word.
For some long time.
I think I am right in saying that in UK this would attract censure.

Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Taman Tun on April 26, 2015, 08:45:24 PM
No easy answer to this. I just hope they get the problem under control before they get any black and Jewish players in the league!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on April 27, 2015, 01:31:52 PM
TT For a long time there have been LOTS of black players in the TPL and the other levels of Thai football !
I doubt that the black players will get singled out for abuse ........
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on April 30, 2015, 10:44:51 AM
Swatcats were away to old adversaries Ratchaburi last night. 1-1.
I watched the last 35 minutes on TV when the Swatcats were down to 10 men - they defended extremely well and still had the most chances IMO.
A strong performance with deputy centre forward, Adiyiah scoring a good goal.
Next game home to Chainat on Sunday - 6pm k.o.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on July 31, 2015, 04:41:08 AM
Picking up the threads after the unfortunate demise of the Swatcats English language website....
The Swatcats play 5th placed SUPHANBURI k.o. 7pm at the King's Stadium this Sunday 2nd August.
Now in 10th position, this wobbly outfit look to have a good chance of surviving to contest the TPL next season.
After being fined for allowing 38,000 ? fans into the 27,500 capacity stadium against Buriram recently, Sunday should be a much quieter occasion.
It would be good to see comments on here from anyone who goes to the game which as always, should be worth the 100 Baht entry !
(IMHO good to arrive early to ensure a good exit position AND leave the game a few minutes early if you can).
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Baby Farts on July 31, 2015, 05:29:14 AM
Roger, you're up early.  Early riser like me eh?  :cheers
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on July 31, 2015, 06:59:14 PM
Rodger, if you are interested, I tweet regularly @russreport. Please follow me.
Cheers Russ
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on July 31, 2015, 09:52:05 PM
Hey Thai Wolf.
Thanks for that but I don't tweet.
I always liked your comments on CWS so please add some here when you can, as Paul has brought CWS to an end after years of great efforts.
Would be good to see the Manager replaced but - things could be worse.
Take care.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on August 01, 2015, 08:58:24 AM
Hi Rodger, why not sign up with twitter. Its dead easy. Go to www.twitter.com (http://www.twitter.com), sign up with user name. Put in a search for @russreport and bob's your uncle. You can post (tweet) to me and you can see all my tweets. I tweet about the Swatcats almost every day.
Here is today's example:
"A tough ask tomorrow night. We play top 5 team Suphanburi. I expect a 5th loss on the bounce unfortunately, but hope maybe we might grab a draw. We have played 3 top 5 teams in the last 3 home games no no disgrace in our seeming poor recent form. Certainly no panic....yet!!!!"
Cheers
Russ
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Baby Farts on August 02, 2015, 09:25:15 AM
I saw these guys at the Sima Thani yesterday along with Muangthong United.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on August 03, 2015, 08:25:46 AM
Singing in the Rain 2nd August 2015

NRFC 1 Suphanburi 0.

 In possibly the worst conditions I have ever witnessed at a football match, a Lee Tuck stunner separated the teams. An unexpected and needed 3 points. To be fair the Swatcats adapted better to the monsoon like conditions. Suphanburi submitted to the conditions. If they had stuck to their task rather than moaning and groaning about the rain, the outcome could have been different.

A delicious Lee Tuck chip/lob was one of the few moments of class in an otherwise dour battle against the elements

 A great battling performance last night. Well done to the boys. We are real fighters!!!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on August 04, 2015, 08:37:12 AM
Thanks for those encouraging comments T.Wolf - we decided to give this game a miss with the concerns about crowd control. Tried to catch it on the TV but delayed for rain ? A great win. Many there ?
In my mind TPL next season looks pretty much assured ? ATB
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on August 04, 2015, 11:38:38 AM
Hi Rodger,
             I reckon about a quarter full, so maybe 5-6 thousand. I was lucky enough to be under cover. I think many thousands decided to return home and watch it on TV rather than sitting in the rain for a couple of hours - good decision with hindsight.

Apparently Lee Tuck was told the match had been postponed so left the stadium for a pizza. An emergency call was made to get him back to play!!! Only in Thailand!!!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on August 10, 2015, 10:04:58 AM
My latest report on The Swatcat's progress

Floundering.

Another disappointing performance and result at Navy at the weekend following a lucky home win against Suphanburi courtesy of atrocious weather conditions leaves us floundering outside the top ten. Our away form continues to disappoint – the loss at Navy, together with the recent defeat at Saraburi are simply not good enough – to gain no points from two out of the bottom three teams is disastrous.
Without our strong home form we would find ourselves fighting to keep ourselves out of the bottom three.

I am encouraged by the increasing use of Adido – I still think he could be a star performer, however his partnership with Lee Tuck has yet to yield real results and we appear to miss Lindemann’s obvious talent when they play together. I do wonder whether Lindemann could be played deeper behind Tuck and Adido, thus allowing all three to play.

A couple of morale boosting performances are now essential otherwise our early season hopes will quickly evaporate.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on August 11, 2015, 06:40:55 AM
Hey Thaiwolf you seem much more downbeat than last time .....
Thanks for the comments though and it seems we need to improve.
I was watching Arsenal v West Ham at the time !
The next home game is versus Chiang Rai Utd at 7pm on Saturday 15th and I hope to be there with a bouncy crowd to watch a resounding Swatcats win this time !
ATB
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on August 16, 2015, 09:15:11 AM
NRFC 0 Chang Rai 0

Pretty poor crowd ( 9000 odd I believe) but bearing in mind NRFCs recent patchy form and the atrocious weather conditions in the lead up to the game, hardly surprising. When are football stadia in Thailand going to get more covered accommodation?

Pretty entertaining and evenly matched first half. Chang Rai looked dangerous at times. NRFC attacking in numbers but unable to connect with final ball with the heavy conditions making the judgment of through balls difficult. Chang Rai looked pretty tight at the back

Second half NRFC dominated with some pretty enterprising attacking play and really should have scored a couple
Generally a pretty competent performance – defence rarely tested so our deficiencies were rarely exposed. A point’s a point but should have been 3!!!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on August 16, 2015, 09:17:49 AM
Season’s Trends

One of my themes throughout the season has been the fact that NRFC have generally beat those teams whom they ought to beat ie around or below them in the table and lose to those who are obviously superior to them and in the higher reaches of the division. This has led me to the conclusion that our 10-11th place in the league is a true reflection of where we belong.
 Last night’s 0-0 encounter with Chang Rai was a classic example of the team doing “just as expected” and although it could be perceived as 2 points lost, it was a match we could not afford to lose.

However recently, the 2 defeats verses Saraburi and Navy, have of course gone counter to our previous trends – potential 4-6 points lost in my opinion. I suppose that the 4 gained points at home against the powerful Buriram and Suphanburi teams have redressed the balance, but I hope these losses will not prove too important come season’s end….. I for one would prefer the relative security of a comfortable mid table position………….so I can sleep peacefully at night!!!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on August 17, 2015, 04:48:34 PM
Thanks for the comments - missed the game again, this time due to visiting Chonburi.
I see no reason to despair about the progress of the Club - many thought that to survive in the TPL would be a triumph in itself and we are fairly set to achieve that.
Yes there's much could be done better at the Club and maybe a change of Manager will come at the end of this season.
MUST catch the next game. ATB
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on August 20, 2015, 08:16:31 AM
TOT 0 NRFC 0  20th Aug 2015

We head into the international break with two consecutive goalless draws behind us – unnecessary points dropped in my opinion. We have now only gained 1 point on our visits to the bottom three clubs. This fact, combined with our disappointing home draw with Chang Rai has taken the shine off our encouraging first leg performances.

Our performance against TOT was toothless and uninspiring. Make no mistake TOT are a poor side – 3 points should have been taken, but we lacked penetration of any sort and chances were few and far between. Our clean sheet was nothing to shout about either. To be honest TOT could not have scored in the proverbial brothel.

What has caused this drop in form? It could be that the lustre of our adrenaline laced launch into the Premier League has simply worn off and the soporific nature of our play is a consequence of this or it could be that the physical demands of playing in our first Premier League season has simply worn us down.
 Either way a disappointing and demoralizing end to the season will follow unless we can somehow remotivate the squad. Having said all this, a top ten finish is still within our grasp – and that in itself represents a fine first season in the top tier.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on August 20, 2015, 09:51:59 PM
Hey TW. I've watched some amazing football stories over the years.
A Swatcat point is ok, 3 is better of course.
But don't watch it too close - anyone can win in any game.
Maybe Swatcats can get some big wins.
I must admit quietly that I enjoyed the fan bit moreso when the Swatcats were in the lower leagues - but my other team is Torquay United.
Savvy ?
Thanks for keeping us in touch. ATB.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on August 21, 2015, 10:15:48 AM
Hi Rodger,
                      Forget my rather downbeat comments, I am over the moon with the progress made by the team. I really do want to see them progress. To me this season should just represent a stepping stone to challenging for the Championship in the coming seasons.
cheers
thaiwolf
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on August 22, 2015, 07:13:37 AM
Hi TW. Didn't think you were downbeat. Next game 12/9. Roll on ...
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on August 22, 2015, 08:43:29 AM
Yep, looking forward to the next fixture. Cheers
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on September 13, 2015, 07:35:44 AM
Dateline 12th September 2015

Army 0 NRFC 1

A stubborn defensive display at a wet Army stadium was rewarded by a late, late goal by Adido. The men in orange without stars Chivuta and Lindemann exchanged chances with the home team in the first half with neither side able to break the deadlock. The second half saw The Swatcats gaining in confidence and looking increasingly dangerous on the break. In the 94th minute, a precise cross from the ever industrious Lee Tuck was met far post by the dangerous Ghanaian striker for the winner.

 A fine away victory – just deserved in my opinion and the fact that it was achieved without our two foreign stars is a real credit to the side. Another clean sheet for the defence aided, it has to be said, by a couple of fine saves from the keeper.

Well done boys – another 3 points from our next home game will surely cement our top 10 aspirations.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on September 13, 2015, 12:06:59 PM
Thanks for that TW- I had the 19th in mind for the Ratchaburi game and forgot this one !
A very useful win to stop the drift downwards.
Ratchaburi a good game to win too. Unfortunately we have to go to a 100 day 'party' that night but give the Swatcats a shout for me.
Did you see Thailand's dogged performance against Iraq ? Slightly lucky to draw I thought BUT it gives Thailand a credible start in their World Cup qualifying campaign. Would be GREAT if they could qualify but not holding my breath.
ATB
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on September 13, 2015, 04:23:21 PM
Aspirations met atm - today, the Swatcats stand 9th !! End of season ??
Army though have now lost 4 of their last 5 games - serves 'em right ! They sacked Gary Stevens ex Spurs and England earlier in the season - at that time I believe that they were higher than their present 8th position !
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on September 20, 2015, 08:09:58 AM
Dateline 20th September 2015 NRFC 2 Ratchaburi 2.

In front of a huge, passionate and raucous crowd (about 18 000 I estimate), NRFC fought out a thrilling draw with visitors Ratchaburi.
 In quite literally a game of two halves, Ratchaburi handed out a footballing lesson in the first half and raced into a deserved 2-0 lead. As usual men left unmarked in the box led to goals as Ratchaburi tore our defence to pieces.

 I was asking myself “who is going to score for the home team”, who displayed absolutely no threat or penetration up front. Why, one may ask, was Adido left on the bench with the absence of Lee Tuck – a tactical error in my mind.

Second half began with Adido being introduced and the home team putting Ratchaburi’s defence under constant siege. A flurry of chances followed with the Swatcats showing real attacking prowess.
My view was that goals would inevitably come. The visitor’s defence wilted under the barrage and sure enough the home team drew level.  In truth NRFC were unlucky not to take 3 points but I guess both teams were happy with a share of the points.

In conclusion, a great match for the fans and a fair result
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on September 20, 2015, 03:50:35 PM
Thanks TW. Ratchaburi have been a bit of a bogey team in my Swatcat time. So a good result.
Swatcats have lots to resolve before becoming a power in the TPL but at least they have you.
Thanks for the report.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on September 21, 2015, 11:44:53 AM
Hi Roger,
             I don't think we are too far off becoming a top 5 team in the TPL. Sure we need to tighten up our defence but we have the ability to score goals and the team has tremendous fighting spirit. Our foreign imports are all quality players. Lee Tuck, Bjorn Lindemann, Noah Chivuta and Adido are in my opinion the "best of the crop" in terms of non-thai players.

It's all about ambition and expectation and of course the hope that the fans keep coming in numbers. The spectacular home support must be worth a goal a game and as we all know ,if you win most of your home games, you will not be far off the top come the season's end.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on September 21, 2015, 08:30:02 PM
Hey TW great stuff. But.
Above us in 9th is Army in 8th - Army are 10 points behind 7th !!
I'd love to see top 5 and nothing can be ruled out - remember how the Swatcats got promoted to Yamaha 1 - looked unlikely.
I do hope, we do not have to play Muang Thong or Buriram any time soon ......
Both won 7-0 which reminded me of my club, Torquay United - lost 3-7 at home on Saturday.
Ouch !
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on September 22, 2015, 06:16:46 AM
Sorry Roger, badly written comment. I meant of course that we are not far off being a top 5 team in the coming seasons- certainly not this season. 8th place this season would be fantastic, as you say points gulf to 7th is massive.

Basically I would be head over heels with a top ten finish-a great achievement in our first TPL season.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on September 28, 2015, 07:44:54 AM
Dateline 27th September 2015

Chainat 1 NRFC 1

In a listless and uninspiring first half, Chainat snatched a well worked goal just before half time. Honours were about even in terms of chances but the first half was marred by some disgraceful behavior from Lee Tuck who received 2 yellows and thus a red, for dissent and then apparently spitting at the referee. This behaviour is not to be condoned and possibly cost the team a victory – and certainly a loss of respect for the team from Korat.

Second half began with an unexpected equalizer, but Chainat continued to exert pressure. Some sloppy passing and inability to maintain possession put the Swatcats on the back foot for long periods. Poor finishing by Chainat in the latter stages meant that we were able to escape with a point

Another pretty average performance - the team has certainly gone off the boil. We would have been slaughtered by a better side. A far from convincing performance but a valuable away point nonetheless.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on September 28, 2015, 07:29:50 PM
Thanks Thai Wolf,
Lee Tuck needs to be seriously reformatted by the sound of it.
(Waste your talent if you will Boy !)
Yes the Swatcats are wimping around but - how bad does that make the rest of 'em ?
Hopefully a mid-table finish. Maybe a new Manager 2016/7. Well done so far though.
And sometime I hope the BoD pay some respect back to those very wonderful fans.
The Club have IMHO lost their way those attending - but they keep coming.
Hope to catch the next home game.
ATB
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on October 14, 2015, 06:58:22 AM
After another mid-season break, the Swatcats resume against Osotspa on Sunday 18th K.O. 6pm.
Should be a good crowd - the usual advice, arrive to park early in a getaway spot, leave early if you can drag yourself away and, take a wetwipe to clean your seat before you sit down !
Usually a good sporting occasion and a good atmosphere.
This game must be winnable for the Swatcats, even though we are likely to be missing Lee Tuck who is the Official Club Plonker according to reports.
Check the timings please. 6pm atm.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on October 17, 2015, 12:41:35 PM
Hi Roger, confusion about kick off time for tomorrow's game against Osotspa. Truevisions TV suggests 7 oclock, TPL facebook page says 6 oclock. TIT  - I suppose I will turn up for 6 oclock kickoff just in case. Russ
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on October 17, 2015, 05:31:04 PM
Just confirmed. Tomorrow's match kicks off at 7 oclock. Russ
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on October 19, 2015, 08:07:49 AM
Dateline 18th October 2015

NRFC 2 Osotspa M150 0

A well deserved home victory punts the men in orange up to a dizzy 8th place in the Thai Premier League.
The first half showed some good movement and slick passing movements from the Swatcats but the home team lacked any real penetration. The M150 outfit was poor bordering on the pathetic. In my opinion the worst display by an away team this season. Relegation beckons next season if this is a typical performance.
Urged on by the usual tremendous home support (around 18-20 thousand would be my estimate), the home team pressed on and the introduction of the skillful and full of pace Adido certainly added some pep to the attack.
Goals seemed inevitable and eventually a slightly fortuitous shot from Adido broke the deadlock. A late penalty, earned by Adido sealed the victory.

In conclusion, a standard if not brilliant performance from the Swatcats. Next season we need to sort out our attacking options. Either play Adido up front with Tuck – or else we need to obtain a rangy target man - without Tuck and Adido, it seemed tonight that goals would be hard to come by.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on October 19, 2015, 09:08:52 AM
Hey Thaiwolf. I made the game at the right time - thanks to your helpful update !
I thought the first half had some good football from both sides but it was clear that when the Swatcats got to within 25 yards of goal, they had no idea what to do.
The second half continued much the same until Adiyah came on the scene. Much like a bit of a bustle from wild man Lee Tuck,  Adiyah changed the game. I expected the Ref. to whistle on Lindeman's aggressive run forward but the opportunistic bobbling goal was indeed good to see !
I missed the second goal - heading for home !
I agree that we need at least one Tuck/Adiyah in the team, preferably both.
Until the substitution, all the forwards looked more like midfielders ! No bite and hustle at all.
However well done to the Swatcats !
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on October 19, 2015, 03:12:59 PM
Next game - next Saturday 24th, home again v third placed Bangkok Glass who won yesterday.
BG should provide a stiff challenge !
Kick off at 7 pm.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on October 23, 2015, 08:01:37 AM
On the back of a 6 game unbeaten run, NRFC take on Bangkok Glass at the weekend.
The Glass Rabbits pacy front men will surely expose the frailties of the home team’s defence.
 A draw would be great but I fear a third home defeat of the season.

Incidentely, in NRFC’s last 9 games we play 5 out of the top 6 teams in the TPL,
Including, Buriram and MT United… I bet they are quaking in their boots.
Seriously the Swatcats could of course have a massive  bearing on the outcome of the title - ie who will put the most goals on the men from Korat!!!!!!!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on October 23, 2015, 03:54:31 PM
Now Thaiwolf that's a bit negative.
Remember we've beaten MT before and B Glass - you could be surprised tomorrow.
At least we can feel safe anyway for the 2016 season in the TPL.
ATB
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on October 25, 2015, 08:21:56 AM
Dateline 24th October 2015

NRFC 1 Bangkok Glass 0

A superb victory over top 5 team Bangkok Glass has cemented the team’s 8th place position in the league. A truly excellent achievement. In a match that I doubted that we could compete, the home team matched the Bangkok outfit in every respect and showed glimpse of what might come next season – I firmly believe that we are only a couple of players of being a serious threat to the top teams in the future.
In my opinion Bangkok Glass were disappointing – they created little up front and their midfield seemed unable to cope with the tenacity of Chivuta and the undoubted skill of Lindemann.

The first half showed some enterprising and fluent passing movements from the home team but overall both defences were in charge. A mention here of Lee Tuck. We are certainly a more effective team with Lee on the pitch and I sensed that he was showing a more mature approach to his on pitch discipline.

In the second half roared on by the usual passionate support (15-16 k would be my guess), the home team pressed and created a number of chances. A well worked and deserved late winner sealed a fine victory – bring on Buriram and Muang Thong!!!!!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on October 25, 2015, 07:55:34 PM
Thai Wolf may I refer you to my post 1301 before the game.
Gee whizz it ain't often that I get much right on football or whatever.
But just for once.
One of the great things about football is how different people see the same game.
So. Well, in the first half I thought that BG had quicker feet, passed better, played with greater commitment to the point of being blo*dy dirty. They looked clearly the sharper side and it was only a double save of miracle quality by the Swatcats' goalie that kept the score even at half time.
I must comment on the most bizarre Referee I've ever watched !  :cussing BG were lucky to finish the first half with 11 men (evenmoreso at full time). The Ref. lost control in the first 5 minutes when BG seemed quite rattled and panicky in the torrid atmosphere. In the course of the game I think BG got 7 or 8 yellows and then the Ref. worked very hard to give the Swatcats a few to make his report look better. At this level the dissent BG showed was just shocking.
I fancied being out there myself to do a bit of crunching.  :violent
But Swatcats battled away without making a serious threat in the first half.
When they came out again I thought the Swatcats were asleep but they picked it up and by 60 mins were IMO giving it welly.  :evilgrin :evilgrin Btw myself I have never seen Lee Tuck play so badly and he missed our first clear chance. But I agree he played with discipline for once - (Lee Tuck ex Halifax Town who got beaten 0-7 in their last outing at the wrong end of the 'Conference').
So I missed the goal as was heading home by then.
But a great game and a great performance in the end.
If Swatcats can stay in 8th place at the end of the season that will be an outstanding effort.

2 groans - for another home game the giant clock had not been repaired !
And - my Aussie friend laughed at my 'bah humbugs' with the pre-match drivel - whole squad hugs, team kick off hugs PLUS high fives all round badminton style.

I claim the grouch prize for October.  :-[ ATB
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on October 26, 2015, 11:21:20 AM
Hi Roger, yes fair comments - I will lay off the predictions in future!!!! One of the most disappointing aspects of BG's play was the rather physical approach. Disagree with you on Lee tuck. He may have missed a sitter but it was made by a very intelligent forward run. He adds more options to the team's attacking approach and as always, he worries the Sh*t out of most defences.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on October 26, 2015, 01:43:30 PM
Hi I agree Lindeman played well and Lee Tuck does shake up defences - but how many TPL goals this season - 1 ?
Next season we need to sign one or two stronger Falang IMO. ATB
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on October 26, 2015, 05:28:47 PM
Swatcats have a winnable game against a struggling BEC Tero team on wednesday. Given The Swatcat’s encouraging form of late (7 games unbeaten), anything short of a victory would be disappointing.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on October 28, 2015, 08:20:42 PM
Dateline 28th October 2015

 BEC Tero Sasana1 NRFC 2

 In truth, a rather fortuitous win but our 8 game unbeaten run goes on. This team is exceeding everyone’s expectations and shows no signs of letting up.

The first half started with a flourish and a nicely flighted Chivuta free kick led to an early opening goal for the visitors. Tero were passing the ball around well and looked a decent side going forward.

A sending off (a slightly harsh decision I thought – a yellow would have surficed) and a serious injury ending in a substitution seemed to set Swatcats back and a well taken equalizer soon came. Apart from Adido missing a sitter and a thunderous late strike deflected away from goal, the Swatcats offered little with Tero dominating possession.  I suspect that based on this first half performance the Fire Dragons will still be breathing flames in the top tier next season.

At half time the Swatcats were reeling and on the back foot – I think we would have settled for a point at this stage – we were getting our bushy feline tails burnt!!!

The second half began in a similar vein with Tero pressing and the visitors unable to keep possession. Lee tuck was brought on and this coincided with the “men in black” gaining a little more possession.  A well worked Chivuta goal put the visitors ahead and despite some late Tero pressure the Swatcats held on for a very useful 3 points.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on October 29, 2015, 03:00:23 PM
Next game is 7pm k.o. on SATURDAY 31st v Saraburi.
Thanks Thaiwolf - another good win. Puts us firmly in 8th but waiting for a few difficult games, as you said before. And Saraburi on Saturday is winnable !
Yes Tuck can shake 'em up a bit and I like that about him - is it right he's got just one TPL goal this season ?
We met a BEC player in a park at Chantaburi a few months ago. Foda Diakite a Chonburi player then on loan to BEC. We were in a park early morning at the exercise machines and he kindly offered help as we couldn't work out what to do with one of those machines ! A real Gent he was - very polite. We chatted a bit and I asked him to go easy on my boys (Swatcats) and maybe he did LOL .... was he playing ?
The BEC game reads a little like many Swatcat's games - not appearing to be the best side but getting the result.
ATB
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on October 29, 2015, 04:02:11 PM
The Swatcats seek to keep their 8 match unbeaten run going on Saturday against a struggling Saraburi side. This “Local derby” should provide the home team with a comfortable 3 points but with Saraburi battling to avoid relegation, the match could provide a real test for the men from Korat.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on October 29, 2015, 06:36:54 PM
Yes Roger, he did play. The few footballers playing in Thailand that I have met have all been ultra polite and well educated. Players of African decent (can I say that?) have all been very friendly and easy to talk to.

Lee Tuck is not playing as a real striker the way the Swatcats play him hence lack of goals. He tends to play deeper and also because he takes all the corners, he can never get those little tap ins that strikers usually get. He was top goalscorer in the Premier League a few seasons ago so he does have goals in him if played appropriately
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on October 30, 2015, 05:45:16 AM
Fode (corr.) is from the Ivory Coast according to Wiki. I see he's played 20 times for BEC this year.
'African descent' is PC OK I believe. Not sure if 'Negro' is still ok or not ?
I bumped into Noah Chivuta in 'Rim Living' a while ago and he too was most amiable.

Regarding Lee Tuck - we must play him up front then !!!

ATB
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on November 01, 2015, 08:16:41 AM
Dateline 31st October 2015

 NRFC 1 SARABURI 1

In front of what I estimate to be a lowly 15 000 attendance at the 80th Anniversary Stadium, the Swatcats extended their unbeaten run to nine games. The Red Knights were cheered on by a pretty high turnout of away fans – well done to them!!
 The first half saw the home side pressing effectively but unable to convert the final pass. Saraburi raided forward sporadically and looked dangerous on the break. As the first half ended the home team created a couple of chances but the half ended in a 0-0 stalemate.

In the second half, a speculative Lee Tuck shot looped over the keeper to give the home team a deserved first lead. The men in orange continued to press and chances came but again the threat of the Red Knights on the break was plain to see.
The inevitable eventually happened and a well worked goal gave the Saraburi team probably a deserved and valuable away point.

In conclusion a decent performance from the home team, matched in spirit and adventure by their struggling neigbours. On this performance The Red Knights have a decent chance of jousting with the big boys next season – best of luck to them, I hope they stay up.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on November 01, 2015, 10:26:58 AM
Thanks Thaiwolf for the report - I didn't go this time. You mention attendances and they have dropped - IMO this is due to the increased admission charges. The Main Stand is now B150 and the other side B120 I believe. A big increase over the B50 and B30 a few years ago. The big increase this season makes it too expensive for some with kids etc who used to go before. Better than Arsenal though at B3,500 !!!
Good result as you say and disappointing after taking the lead. But Saraburi are on a decent run and are unbeaten for 4 games at least.
Regarding our much lamented defense, I notice that above us Suphanburi, BKK Utd, Ratchaburi and Chonburi have conceded the same or more goals as the Swatcats who however have scored less than any other top TEN team !
I see that Osotspa managed to score 3 against Buriram who got 6 however - and now await with trepidation the away fixtures at Buriram and Muang Thong ..........
Thanks for the update and ATB
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on November 01, 2015, 11:31:45 AM
Hi Roger, just for a change I sat at the Scoreboard end yesterday. 60 bt!!!!!! This must be the best value to watch football in Thailand. I was ok with the result. I want our near neighbours to stay up.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on November 01, 2015, 11:45:35 AM
Interesting comments on the goals for and against Roger. It seems that in the first half of the season we were able to score freely but at the same time we were conceding lots of goals. Recently we have been able to keep a few clean sheets (god knows how in my opinion!!) but our goal scoring has been lacking. This perhaps suggests a tactical move by the coach to help fix the early defensive flaws. I am not sufficiently tactically savvy to have noticed the change but the team does seem to be playing deeper. If this has been a decision by Kambe, it may have contributed to our 9 game unbeaten run.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on November 05, 2015, 08:18:52 PM
Hey TW.
I received an email from an unknown Guy at Chonburi wanting to ask me some questions about the coming game !
Wow that makes 2 people in 68 years ever asked me for a football opinion !
He says he will email the questions tomorrow .....
All the money has gone from my Bank account - just joking.
If it looks legit can I give him your email or refer him to you on KF ?
I think he wants to sign me on as a No 10 for Chonburi having examined ancient records, but modesty prevents me saying so.
ATB
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on November 06, 2015, 07:28:16 AM
Hi Roger, it's probably Dale from the Chonburi FC website. I contribute regularly to his website so it's all koshe. He has all my contact details.
Regards Thaiwolf
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on November 06, 2015, 08:16:39 AM
NRFC v Chonburi Sunday 15th Nov. 7.00 pm Preview.

The upcoming encounter pits top 5 team Chonburi Sharks against league newcomers NRFC and offers an intriguing matchup which I think could go either way.
Chonburi are a more technically gifted outfit but their season has been blighted by a plethora of draws which has dented their Championship ambitions – only diehard Sharks fans and the coaching staff will have opinions on why this is the case.  NRFC sit in a pretty creditable 8th place and their recent form has led to a 9 match unbeaten run although of late they have found goals hard to come by.
The final result may ultimately depend on the relative performances of the team’s main characters and “rogues in chief” Thiago Cunha and Lee Tuck - the fans will be lucky to see this match end with 22 players on the pitch!!
The previous match between the two sides early in the season led to a 2-2 – a fair result in my eyes and a score that I feel might be replicated next week.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on November 07, 2015, 11:17:15 AM
Yes Thaiwolf it WAS Dale and I am waiting for the questions to arrive.
ATB
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on November 08, 2015, 11:03:06 AM
Thaiwolf please send me a PM with your email address and i can then forward Dale's questions which have just arrived. Needs your greater expertise - Thanks.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on November 15, 2015, 09:23:11 PM
Dateline 15th November 2015

NRFC 1 Chonburi Sharks 0

The evening began with a respectful moment of silence pre match as a tribute to the dead and injured of the Paris massacre.

 In front of a decent and enthusiastic crowd (around 18-20 000 I would guess) – including a splendid following for the men in white, the game commenced.

The hosts had the majority of possession and passed the ball well in the early stages with plenty of movement. The Sharks spurned a couple of early chances with a dramatic goal line clearance in the 17th minute keeping the score goalless.
Both teams traded chances in an entertaining opening half with Adido, being preferred as starter to Lee Tuck, looking dangerous for the home team and Thiago Cunha representing a major threat for the visitors.
An entertaining but goalless first half with both teams trying to play attractive football. In my opinion one of the best halves of football played by the Swatcats this season.

In the second half the visitors defended effectively and looked dangerous on the break. Both sides continued to play good football although the game clearly needed a goal or two to liven it up. The second half yielded few chances with both defences able to neutralize their opponents.

Swatcats ended with a flourish and were rewarded with a winner from Lindemann in the 92nd minute.
I think on reflection a fair result between two decent footballing teams with the Swatcats reeling in their big fish opponents and poor fin-ishing thwarting the Chonburi outfit

As a side note, Did anyone else think that the opposing players were very friendly towards each other tonight – lots of smiles , backslapping and exchanges of shirts – maybe both sides fancied a draw!!!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on November 15, 2015, 09:24:13 PM
Hi Roger, sorry missed your post. Dale sent me the questions but thanks anyway. Russ
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on November 16, 2015, 06:21:58 AM
Hi TW and thanks for that report - your efforts appreciated - not many post but quite a few read about the Swatcats here. A great result but the 92nd minute - if I had gone I'd have been in the car park by then !
I checked a website and it showed all Sunday's games had been postponed ?? so I didn't try to watch the game on TV either. Next week's game at Buriram - we'll see what our boys are made of !! ATB

Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on November 16, 2015, 01:17:02 PM
Thanks Roger, good to hear that folks actually read my posts. For your information, next weekend's game against Buriram has been put back until wed 25th. Reason is that Buriram are playing in the cup final at the weekend. Cheers
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on November 16, 2015, 01:19:51 PM
By the way the Swatcats are now 10 games unbeaten - a terrific achievement. Got a feeling the mighty Buriram will bring the run to an end-but you nver know!!!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on November 23, 2015, 08:38:25 AM
Swatcats take their 10 match unbeaten run to Thunder Castle on Wednesday taking on the high flying Buriram United. I fear that this superb run is about to be terminated – oh, well, all good things come to an end…however as the saying goes, ……it is, after all, eleven vs eleven!!!!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on November 23, 2015, 12:51:19 PM
Now TW - POSITIVE thinking please !
Where is Reeves at a time like this, to cheer us all up ?
In all seriousness the Swatcats will do well to get anything out of this game, but, as you say it is 11v11 and Buriram only just got home 1-0 v Sisaket last Saturday in the League Cup Final - they looked strong though .... Maybe they'll be tired ?
Last night on TV, I saw Ivan Boskevic playing for Bangkok Utd v. Chonburi - he looked good particularly in the first half - a shame we couldn't hang on to him.
Are you going to Buriram - I would but am in Lamphun region atm. ATB
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on November 23, 2015, 02:29:48 PM
Hi Roger, yes I will probably go, but having been in the 34K crowd at the Anniversary stadium earlier in the season, I am a little worried about getting in  - particularly after Buriram's cup win. I reckon there will be about 10k Swatcat fans trying to get in!!!!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on November 23, 2015, 02:33:16 PM
Yes Boscovic was a fine old warhorse for us in Division 1 but his major problem is his lack of pace - hence his lack of opportunities in the Tero side. I don't think he will ever be successful in the top tier but a great asset for an ambitious Division 1 team.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on November 23, 2015, 03:10:37 PM
Oh I didn't realise IvanB was not a regular at BKK Utd. Mai pen lai, he looked useful last night. Months ago we had planned to go to Buriram and intended to book a Hotel well in advance. But the shambles with that over-capacity crowd made me rethink - and of course Paul who ran our English website closed it in disgust at the irresponsibility of the Club allowing that.
I miss that website and now that the Swatcats have done creditably well, I wonder what Mr Reeves would be saying.
Take care if you go. ATB
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on November 26, 2015, 07:34:29 AM
Dateline 25th November 2015

Buriram United 4 NRFC 0

In a great stadium, with a great atmosphere – just as football everywhere should be, the two best supported teams in Thailand entered the arena to a slightly disappointing turnout – the stadium seemed about two thirds full - maybe 18-20 thousand – lowered perhaps due to  the midweek kick off and the fact that it was Loy Krathong day.

A large, colourful and vocal following urged on the team from Korat, amassed in one corner, a sliver of orange in a sea of deep blue at the aptly named Thunder Castle.

With both teams vying for bragging rights in the rural Issaan derby, the high flying and highly talented Buriram outfit went immediately on the offensive with NRFC failing to make any great headway. The early Buriram surge continued with NRFC not showing much ambition early on and content to soak up the pressure
Almost constant pressure led to a 12th minute strike to give the home side the lead. NRFC eventually settled and started putting some pressure on the home team’s defence.
In a first half dominated by Buriram the men from Korat were fortunate to be only one down.

The second half was still young when Buriram raced into a 2-0 lead with a smart header. The home side continued to press and created a couple of good chances culminating in a solo effort from Diogo to make it three. NRFC continued to labour but a snap shot that hit the post raised the spirits a little.
A fourth from Diogo sealed a fine win, with the last 10 minutes resulting in shooting practice for the future Champs!!

In conclusion the Swatcats were simply outclassed. Buriram looked the better side – they were simply tactically and technically superior. They are the team by whom to judge yourself by if you have any ambition. NRFC certainly were no match for them tonight
I was impressed with Buriram. They looked a complete, confident and well coached outfit with good shape that they were able to maintain. NRFC in contrast seemed unable to match the home side in any way.

 I see little chance of current TPL teams being able to challenge the men in blue in the short term.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on November 27, 2015, 08:39:56 AM
After the "hard knock" on Wednesday at Thunder Castle The Swatcats welcome Port FC tomorrow. Under pressure Port will be anxious to get something from the game. I would not be surprised if Port sneak a point.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on November 27, 2015, 12:04:16 PM
TW thanks for that report - I thought my relentless optimism could be heading for a downfall !
Never mind - earlier predictions that the Swatcats would be just shooting practice for their last ten games have proved unfounded and now we only really have to worry about the game away to Muangthong. Would be nice to win a few more before the season ends - starting with what may be a feisty match with Thai Port tomorrow.
Yes Buriram are class - do you think they would do well in the English Championship ?
Thanks again.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on November 27, 2015, 01:45:34 PM
EPL No Roger. Middle of Championship would be my guess.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on November 29, 2015, 08:52:13 AM
Dateline 28th November 2015

NRFC 0 Port 0

The 80th Anniversary stadium welcomed the relegation threatened Port. The attendance seemed to be around 13-14 thousand, including a fair sized and vocal following for Port.

The boys from Khlong Toei desperately needing something from this game opened brightly but the game developed into a sterile midfield stalemate with neither side able to create chances. Port being restricted to a couple of speculative long range shots and NRFC continuing to pump long balls forward searching for an off colour Adido.
The first half ended goalless with neither side able to get the breakthough.

The second half started slowly but the 60th minute saw a guilt edged chance to seal the win for the home side – in truth one of few chances in the game. The Swatcats were certainly not firing on all cylinders tonight and the lack of chances made should be a worry for coach Kambe.

Neither team created much with only a couple of half chances from both sides. A dead rubber for NRFC, cemented as they are in 8th place but a vital game for the visitors. Port fought hard for their point and on balance were good value for the point.

The main highlight, in fact, one of few highlights was watching Madame Pang flouncing around like a dizzy teen at the prom in front of the main stand pre match – playing to her adoring fans – not!!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on November 30, 2015, 03:55:33 AM
Thanks for the update TW. The Swatcats recovered after their 4-0 Buriram experience ! Saw Muangthong walk past Ratchaburi 4-0 on TV last night - made me feel a bit better about our hammering.
We're not quite 'cemented' in 8th place - noting that Ratchaburi above us have lost 4 out of the last 5 so a storming finish from the Swatcats could see us jump to 7th. Similarly a rampant Army United could catch us and drop us to 9th !
Incidentally for Mr Reeves benefit, I noted that only 4 out of the 18 TPL sides have conceded less than our 38 goals - stalwart defence so far then.
A win over Sisaket on the 9th will be needed and I shall be there ! Hopefully.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on December 04, 2015, 01:55:24 PM
The Swatcats take on the high flying Bangkok United at the weekend. Should be a home banker but I predict a score draw.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on December 04, 2015, 02:06:04 PM
A draw at BKK Utd would be a great result. Fingers crossed we can at least score a goal after two goal-less games.
Did you see that the Ref. of the Satun Utd v Khon Khaen, who was attacked by Satun Utd supporters at the end of the game, got suspended for 6 months for a poor performance ? I'd would have thought he'd been punished enough.
Satun Utd have rightly been banned for 3 years !!
Off topic - I've seen a lot of Kevin De Bruyne on TV this season for Man City - the best player in the EPL for me. Great passes with beautiful weighting - perhaps Swatcats can get him on loan ....
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on December 06, 2015, 08:46:49 PM
Dateline 6th December 2015

 Bangkok United 3 NRFC 0

Bangkok United, chasing an improbable AFC Champions League spot took on 8th place NRFC in the capital. Bangkok United were, in my judgment the best side to visit the 80th Anniversary Stadium this year, gaining an emphatic victory in the corresponding fixture earlier in the season.
There was a strong contingent of fans from Korat, who probably outnumbered the home fans – what a pity such a talented team should play before such paltry numbers of fans – average attendance under 3000 fans!

A cautious start from both teams with Korat making some useful sorties forward but relying too often on speculative long balls aimed at Lee Tuck. Bangkok did not show much early doors but I suspect there is a lot more to come later.
A bad miss by the home team from a 6 yard header following a corner kept the scores level but after some pressure, Jojo scored a smart goal in the 32nd minute to give the home side the lead. A minute later a reckless challenge by T May T led to a red card being brandished and the men in white reduced to 10 men.
Swatcats continued to probe and probably had slightly the edge during the first half and were a little unlucky to end the half one down.

The second half began with a lot of midfield sparring with neither side able to stamp real authority on the game. A great save from the Bangkok keeper – indeed a “superrrsave” in the 54th minute prevented an equalizer from the men from Isaan. Minutes later a snap shot from Noah Chivuta stung the palms of the home teams keeper as NRFC continued to test the Bangkok defence. Moments later, a Lee Tuck angled shot shaved the upright and in terms of clear chances the Swatcats should have been ahead in this encounter.
The home side countered when Jojo launched a great low volley which flew inches wide.

A 77th minute penalty, with a further penalty 2 minutes later being placed wide and an 85th minute strike sealed the points for the home side.
Bangkok undoubtedly has some classy individuals in the side but seemed to stutter tonight – hardly a heavenly performance from the Bangkok Angels but a vital 3 points gained - a slightly flattering score line I think.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on December 07, 2015, 03:28:49 PM
NRFC need to bounce back on Wednesday against Si Saket – a single point in the last 3 games has somewhat dented the ambition and aspiration of the men from Korat. With the final game against Muang Thong which will surely yield no points, this is the team’s last chance to bring some extra cheer to the fans at the 80th Anniversary Stadium.
Why not come along and support your local team. KO 6 o’clock.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on December 07, 2015, 04:07:38 PM
Yes TW and I'll be there - last home game of the season ?
And a goal would be nice - a Swatcat goal.
Thanks for the report on the BKK game.
ATB

Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on December 10, 2015, 12:47:27 PM
Dateline 9th December 2015

NRFC 1 Si Saket 0.

A sparse crowd (maybe 11-12 000 fans present, including pretty strong support from Si Saket) witnessed the latest Isaan derby.
The Koupreys arrived to graze on the lush 80th Anniversary turf and in a rather lacklustre first half had arguably slightly the better of the first half, breaking dangerously at times. The home team was rather limp in attack and one was again forced to ask “Where are the goals coming from?”

 A sharp header in the 10th minute drew a fine save from the Si Saket keeper but this chance and a rasping shot from Lindemann apart, the Swatcats created few clear cut chances.
 The first session drew to a close in this typical end of season “nothing to play for” encounter with neither side able to break the deadlock.

The second half saw the introduction of Adido. He added some vitality to the Swatcats attack and at risk of repeating myself, we must give Adido a prolonged run next season – he is undoubtedly talented and has pace but with him being in and out of the team he has failed to make a marked impression. Memo to Coach Kambe!! “Adido must be the first name on the team sheet next season!!”

With Noah Chivuta marshalling the middle of the park with strong support from Lindemann, the home team created a couple of half chances and began to exert some pressure. This pressure culminated in a well taken Adido header, celebrated in fine style by the Ghanaian.

In conclusion, not a pulsating match but 3 points gained that have cemented the Swatcat’s fine 8th place in the Premiership. Again, as in previous matches, the team found goals hard to come by, but full marks to the defence who seem to have upped their game somewhat – they have certainly plugged some of the early season gaps.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on December 10, 2015, 02:28:12 PM
Hey TW I made it at last !
In the first 15 mins I thought the Swat cats looked OK but thereafter it was a dire first half showing with no effective attacking aggression at all and Sisaket looking the sharper in skills.
For me the second half was in the same vein until the introduction of Dominic Adiyah (he should be called 'Demonic' not Dominic on this performance) - the Swatcats seemed to move up a gear immediately ! Adiyah's quick feet, bursts of speed, sharp control, smart passing and chasing down were a sudden joy to see. His efforts lifted the others and the Swatcats had Sisaket on the back foot for a time. The build up to the goal was of epic status IMO and good to see Adiyah tuck it in.
I have seen Lee Tuck have a similar effect on coming on as a Sub, but now he seems to have lost his way rather.
So Adiyah, definitely Man of the Match and he must be retained and used more next season - whoever is the Manager. I was disappointed with Chivuta in his 'roving' role and for me he seems past his best.
I hope we have a strong (improved) foreign contingent next year.
Well done the Swatcats - 8th in their first TPL season - of many hopefully.
ATB
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on December 11, 2015, 10:30:15 AM
Another probable defeat coming up at Muang Thong for the Swatcats this weekend but whatever the result, a most satisfactory season.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on December 13, 2015, 09:17:53 PM
Dateline 13th December 2015

Muang Thong United 2 NRFC 2

The SCG Stadium welcomed NRFC hoping that the home team could complete the double over the Premier League newcomers The Twin Qilins outplayed the Swatcats in the season opener at the 80th Anniversary Stadium so a home win was certainly on the cards.
Amazingly for an end of season “not much to play for” match there appeared to be about 1000 Swatcat fans present

The first half began with 2 early chances for the home team in the first 6 minutes with the away team’s defence looking very square.  A 30 yard snorter put the Swatcats ahead inside 10 minutes but minutes later very slack defensive work led to a Muang Thong equalizer.
Adido continued to look sharp as he rasped a low shot inches wide but this aside, the away team was not offering much up front.
The homes team’s attack looked dangerous and at times were afforded too much space in the final third, with the assistant referee’s flag saving the men in white on several occasions.
In the 33rd minute, the home team sliced effortlessly through the Swatcats defence to make it 2- 1 – Muang Thong showing real class when moving forward helped it has to be said by some very naive defending.

Adido missed a sitter from 5 yards on the stroke of half time sending his header inches wide of the upright as an incident packed first half drew to a close with the home team 2-1 up.

The second half opened with a Chivuta snap shot going wide. A couple of impressive moves forward resulted in a further couple of long range shots from the men from Korat. Muang Thong continued to look dangerous but Adido equalized with a 12 yard drive in the 58th minute – he certainly has impressed on one of his rare stars for the team. The Swatcats definitely were beginning to dominate and had the better of the second half and in truth apart from a Cleiton chance Muang Thong offered little as the Swatcats pressed

Nagano was sent off for his second seemingly tame blocking tackle but the 10 men fought on as
Lindemann fought off 3 challenges and hit a dipping shot inches over.

In conclusion, a very creditable draw against a classy Muang Thong outfit and a great way to draw the season to a close.
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Post by: Roger on December 14, 2015, 04:47:09 AM
TW thanks for that report and for keeping us in the picture this season. If you can post any 'close season' news that'd be great.
Just one question, I see 'Adiyah' on the shirts and on the old website - Adido ?
Well that certainly was a great result to end the season - a widely expected thrashing was avoided and the Swatcats showed some real mettle in staying in the game.
Onwards and upwards then ? Some cute signings could easily turn us into a Top 5 side ?
ATB
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Post by: Roger on December 14, 2015, 05:16:39 AM
TW I see that just 3 sides in the whole TPL scored less than our 37 goals - (Buriram scored 61 MORE than the Swatcats did).
14 sides conceded more goals than our 43 - I rate Satoshi Nagano highly - hope that he stays ....
Methinks signing a goalscorer to support Adiyah should be a priority.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on December 14, 2015, 01:25:31 PM
Progress Post 2015

For me the important aspect of a team’s future potential is progress. NRFC are now in a difficult position. Two recent promotions have thrust the team into the top tier and now an impressive 8th place finish in their inaugural season has put massive pressure on the owners of the club and the team’s coach Kambe to improve
To Improve and thus demonstrate progress next season will be a big ask. Progress to me would be pressing the top 5 teams and ultimately a top 5 finish. Achievable? Maybe, but for me it’s all about aspiration and expectation. The club is in a good place – fantastic support and the nucleus of a good squad.

The million dollar question is “What has to be done to achieve progress?”

My opinions are:
•   Change of coach – has Kambe taken the team as far as he can. I for one think Kambe should be kept on as long as the club progresses. He has been under scrutiny in certain circles who question his coaching credentials.
•   Sort out the striking strategy. There was a worrying trend towards the end of the season – a distinct lack of goals. I personally we need a tall rangy striker to take full advantage of crosses into the box – Tuck, Chivuta, Malek and Lindemann are all capable of putting in quality crosses – at the moment who is going to score from these crosses.
In our current formation, Lee Tuck either plays deep (too deep at times) or finds himself wide on the flanks, Lindemann is a quality player but he is not a striker. His best role is to play in the hole behind the strikers. Adido is rarely given a long run. So who exactly is our traditional striker who will deliver 20 plus goals per season?
•   Get in a specialist coach to organize the defence.
•   Play Adido or get rid of him. He is currently taking up one of our farang spots. I think he has great potential but if he is not a regular starter…
•   Be ambitious in approaching quality Thai players – give players the chance to play in front of 20 000 fans in a nice facility for an ambitious club. I think Chanathip should be a target.

One can only hope that the support holds up – I personally think it will. The home fans and great atmosphere at the stadium are surely worth a handful of points each season. I am optimistic for the club’s future and my opinion is that we have a fairly decent squad. This year’s experience in the Premier League must surely have benefitted the players and now we have had a decent season, confidence should be sky high. Top 5 may be beyond us with the current squad but with a couple of astute acquisitions, who knows?
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on December 22, 2015, 08:29:16 AM
There are reports that Lee Tuck is leaving The Swatcats. A wrong decision in my mind but I'm sure they  know what they are doing!!!!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on December 22, 2015, 08:28:06 PM
OK TW - he has lost his way with the Swatcats. So maybe that's good for him to move ?
I wish him luck but I won't be convinced that no better Falang stikers are available inside the NRFC budget.
Like it or not the Swatcats do seem to know what they are doing in the TPL .... so far ....
ATB
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on December 26, 2015, 02:48:23 PM
Reports suggest that the Swatcats have signed Thai-Danish player Bill Seeda - not much information but I think he's a midfielder.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on December 27, 2015, 11:06:16 AM
Transfer reports latest;
•   Korat set to buy Chanatpol Sikkhamonthon (Chiangmai FC) &Nattapong sairiya (Chamchuri UTD)
•   Korat set to buy Niran Panthong from Chiangmai FC
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on December 27, 2015, 04:47:13 PM
RUMOUR
Nakhon Ratchasima FC have signed to Sarawoot Sinthupan from Nakhon Pathom UTD
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Post by: thaiwolf on December 27, 2015, 05:15:03 PM
Korat have plans to purchase Kampol Pathomattakul (GK) from Muangthong UTD
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on December 27, 2015, 05:45:36 PM
TW.
With a squad this size surely there must be many departures on the cards ?
Thanks for the updates.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on December 28, 2015, 10:48:43 AM
Rumours suggest that Nakhon Ratchasima FC have signed a Nigerian-Italian' striker Marco Tagbajumi from AEL Limassol (D1, Egypt) - could be the tall rangy striker that we have needed
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on January 05, 2016, 05:48:29 PM
Nahkon Ratchasima have resigned, former local hero, forward Prompong Gransamrong from Udon Thani
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on January 05, 2016, 05:53:23 PM
Not true I hope but rumours suggest that  Dominic Adiyeah (Adido) may be surplus to The Swatcat's requirements. In my opinion, a very expensive squad member who rarely starts but very talented. I hope we keep him.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on January 05, 2016, 07:58:34 PM
Hey TW.
Well if Prompong is back that's odd. But great ! To me he's been in a sort of Hernandez at MU situation i.e. neglected and offloaded but he now gets lots of goals for Borussia Dortmund ? Prompong not valued fairly at Swatcats before.
For me he is an absolute diamond and I hope it's true that he is back - give him time on the field - maybe as a super-sub and he will do well even in the TPL IMO.
I loved his ghosting through and he is a great finisher - but older now.
If we have signed this Guy from Limassol I wish him well but as a move it looks quite bonkers if they are not to retain Adiyah - effing madness actually. (I thought Limassol is Cyprus ?)
Thanks for the updates - Good Work !
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on January 06, 2016, 08:49:55 AM
Thanks Roger. I don't know if you know but the TPL is considering increasing the number of teams to 20 next season. In my opinion a blatant attempt to prevent the relegation of 3 Bangkok based teams (2 of whom have influential owners) but maybe I am being cynical. There is also the issue of who gets promoted with the Sukhothai and Nahkon Pathom saga still not resolved.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on January 06, 2016, 07:24:41 PM
Nahkon Ratchasima unveil new striker Marco Tagbajumi
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on January 07, 2016, 07:11:26 AM
Thanks TW - he looks a likely Lad ! Good Luck to Marco.
I have my doubts but I hope he proves me wrong.
ATB
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on January 07, 2016, 08:05:27 AM
THE TPL situation – my thoughts.

Recent events in the TPL have made a complete mockery of Thai domestic football. In an institution littered with past controversial events, this latest debacle, the culmination of lack of decision making regarding the Sukhothai v Nahkon Prathom floodlight failure issue and the fielding of an illegible substitute in a match involving BEC Tero has led to the present farcical situation.

Added to this the potential relegation of 2 established teams, the owner of one threatening to sell or close the club has added spice and one is forced to ask how have these decisions been prompted.

Port, one of those due to be relegated have been voraciously swallowing up top stars, which then begs the question “Did they know, or were they in cahoots with the TPL, about ant potential decision?”

How can a governing body be so inept and out of touch with what most fans want?

 I am prompted to say that money and the dark hand of influential individuals could be responsible. The TPL management has simply lost control of a league which is still in its infancy and is beginning to blossom.

As a fellow football pundit stated “Why play the matches?” if at season’s end teams are not relegated as they deserve or denied a promotion that they have earned.

One day on, after the fateful TPL meeting, at which it was decided to expand the TPL to 20 teams for 2016, we are still none the wiser as to the teams who will be at the top table next year.
 With Buriram, Ratchaburi and Chonburi representives leaving the TPL board, the fear is that cracks and fissures are developing in the Thai football family.

What a mess – The clubs, fans and sponsors deserve better. Will they ever get it….I think not.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on January 08, 2016, 07:43:20 AM
Nakhon Ratchasima FC have signed Chakrit Rawanprakone (FW) from TTM FC
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Post by: thaiwolf on January 08, 2016, 11:15:45 AM
OFFICIAL: Nakhon Ratchasima FC have unveiled Niran Panthong from Chiang Mai FC
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Post by: thaiwolf on January 08, 2016, 11:20:20 AM
Pic of our latest aquisition Niran Panthong
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Post by: thaiwolf on January 08, 2016, 11:58:19 AM
Busy couple of days!!

OFFICIAL: Nakhon Ratchasima FC have signed Tanapol Udonlap (ex-U23 THA) from Songkhla United
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Post by: thaiwolf on January 08, 2016, 12:03:40 PM
OFFICIAL: Nakhon Ratchasima FC have signed Jongrak Pakdee from Songkhla United
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on January 09, 2016, 07:18:21 AM
Hey TW thanks again. Well plenty of new signings and there must have been plenty of departures too - it was a big squad anyway !
I feel we are underpowered badly with the quality of 'expat' members in the squad and will be frantic if Adiyah moves on. The Manager is obviously in place for next season.
But I'm really chuffed to think we might see good 'ole Prompong again.
Incidentally although not many contribute here about our local heroes, I see there are plenty of readings so please keep up the good work !
ATB Roger
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on January 09, 2016, 08:03:43 AM
Thanks again Roger. It is nice to be appreciated. I enjoy giving other members any news and views
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on January 09, 2016, 08:09:29 AM
RUMOUR: Nakhon Ratchasima FC have linked transfer move for Romain Gasmi.

This would be a real coup for the Swatacats but other clubs are also interested in him. It appears that it will be all change up front for the Swatcats this season. Tuck and Adiyeah out (both TBC), Prompong, Marco TagbaJumi and perhaps Gasmi in.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on January 09, 2016, 10:29:17 AM
Nakon Rachasima sign forward Chakrit Rawanbradon from TTM  - wow how big is our wage bill going to be!! All these signings show that we are serious about success though
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on January 10, 2016, 04:53:51 AM
Well TW Romain Gasmi will do just fine.
44 goals in 116 in the TPL - mind you Lee Tuck arrived with a good scoring record.
Fingers crossed then.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on January 10, 2016, 05:29:24 PM
RUMOUR: Nakhon Ratchasima FC are on verge of signing the Swedish-Iraqi MF Rawez Lawan (28) from IFK Norrköping
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on January 19, 2016, 10:44:22 PM
Looks like we have missed out on Gasmi. He has signed for Chang Mai
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on January 31, 2016, 09:57:22 AM
Friendly match V Ubon today (Sunday 31st Jan) at 80th Anniversary Stadium. KO 5.00 pm. Why not come along and have a look at the new signings.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on January 31, 2016, 10:35:16 AM
Correction to my last post KO 4.30 pm
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Post by: thaiwolf on January 31, 2016, 10:45:14 AM
Confusion reigns - is it 4.30 or 5.00 - take your choice TIT. Suggest you turn up at 4.30!!!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on January 31, 2016, 12:34:36 PM
Thanks TW.
I heard that there was some confusion about the format of the TPL next year.
18 or 20 teams ? Muang Thong and Buriram off to another League ?
Not sure what is going on. Have you heard anything ?
Is it settled now ?
Thanks for all the updates.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on January 31, 2016, 01:30:57 PM
Hi Roger - plenty going on. TPL are meeting tomorrow to decide whether to expand the league to 20 teams - rumours are that it will stay with 18. Still doubt about the future of BEC Tero. There is also a decision to be made whether Nahkon Pratom or Sukothai will be promoted. Police, Pattaya United and Saraburi also have doubts about their futures due to financial/ownership/sponsorship issues.
Buriram and Muang Thong are not leaving the TPL - not yet anyway!!!

Very complicated, hope this helps!!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on January 31, 2016, 08:48:42 PM
Friendly FT NRFC 1 Ubon 0 MarcoTagbajumi scores on debut - looks very impressive. Love the new kit with black shorts.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on February 04, 2016, 04:57:39 PM
TPL Opening Day fixtures (Feb 27th)

Buriram Utd v Chonburi (26th of Feb due to ACL commitments)
Chainat v Bangkok Glass
Police/4th League 1 v Nakon Rachasima
Army Utd v Bangkok Utd
Supanburi v Si Saket
Muang Thong Utd v BEC Tero
Osotspa Samut Prakan v Siam Navy
3rd League 1 v Rachaburi
Pattaya Utd v Chiang Rai Utd
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on February 04, 2016, 04:59:08 PM
Swatcats - Prospects 2016.

The team has swelled its squad and has seemingly decided to completely change its attacking options with the addition of Prompong and Marco Tagbajumi . The imminent departures of Tuck and Adiyeah (TBC) are regrettable but in truth our goal tally last year was poor.
Our new signing Marco Tagbajumi looked pretty useful in the recent friendly against Ubon – he is a big bustling target man and just what we missed last season.
 I expect that Noah Chivuta will continue to be the powerhouse in the middle and if the defence, which had a pretty good record last season, can continue to perform well, I feel that an attempt to break into the top 5 may be an achievable if optimistic target.

In midfield, Bjorn Lindemann has undoubted talent and I hope that he is played just behind the strikers where his guile and ability to shoot from long range can be realized.

The team’s home record is an enviable one and if the fans keep coming (as I expect them to) this record will continue and if we can pick up more points away from home, our league position could replicate or better our commendable 8th place of last season.

Whilst acknowledging that last year’s fantastic achievement of finishing in 8th place will be difficult to better, to move further up the table should be a target. Personally and in reality, a mid table position would be acceptable – we have to remember where we have come from in the last couple of years.

It is absolutely vital that the team cements its permanent place in the top tier.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on February 05, 2016, 03:02:13 AM
Thanks TW. I see 18 teams are there on the opening days.
Including 4th League 1 ?
I hope Prompong has cleared up his spat and wish Marco T well.
But are Tuck and Adiyah out of contract ?
5 falang allowed in the match day squad ?
Meantime I'll be watching Leicester v MCFC on the box tomorrow. Wow !
ATB
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on February 05, 2016, 09:07:16 AM
Hi Roger,
              I think Adiyeah has gone. I noticed his number 40 was being used by another player in the friendlies. Lee Tuck was on the sidelines during the friendlies - but no kit on. Apparently, NRFC want to terminate his contract but he has I year to go - they must have had a fallout. I wish that they could work something out but I am not optimistic.
Cheers
Russ
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on February 05, 2016, 11:36:56 AM
TPL 2016 My Thoughts.

Will anyone be able to challenge current champions Buriram United? I think not, they seem to be accelerating away, with some astute signings bolstering their squad. I feel that we need to watch out for Bangkok united. They have added to an already successful squad and seem keen to challenge at the top. Muang Thong belatedly raised the bar with the signing of the “Tero trio” however given Tero’s performances last year there is no guarantee that these signings will make much difference.

Other interesting questions to be asked are; how will the much modified Chonburi Sharks fare – will they maintain their top 5 status?  Can Nahkon Ratchasima build on last year’s successes and how will the promoted teams cope.

My tips for first, second and third;
1.Buriram United
2.Bangkok United
3.Muang Thong United

At the other end of the table, one remembers that last year’s 3 promoted teams all survived – due I feel to the rather poor standard of the TPL last year. The relegation battle this year will, in my opinion, involve Navy, Super Power Samut Prakan and perhaps the three promoted teams will struggle.

Many teams seem to have tried to progress with most bolstering their squads with new foreign imports. I suspect that this season will produce a real “slugfest” with “Battles Royal” in the struggle for top five and the fight against relegation.

Whatever happens, I hope that after the trials and tribulations of the close season, the TPL enjoys a successful year with competitive matches watched by bumper crowds. I fear however that many fans will have viewed the actions of the TPL board with disdain and will turn their backs on the domestic game in Thailand.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on February 05, 2016, 01:33:59 PM
Hi TW.
If Lee Tuck is on the books then the Manager must try again to 'manage' him - LT is not with us on the cheap. Very sorry to lose Adiyah.
So 18 in the TPL but 4 promoted ??? Thought it was 3.
I'm sure the TPL shenanigans won't affect the Fans when the season gets under way.
All's well then . . . .
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on February 05, 2016, 01:46:37 PM
4 promoted if Police fail to get their act together. I think it would be BBCU who would come up as 4th promoted team.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on February 16, 2016, 07:51:56 AM
The TPL fixtures 2016 can be accessed here

Thai-fussball.com/en/Content-Thai-Premier-League-Results-und-Fixtures-two-thousand-sixteen-item-146.html

Swatcats kick off away to newly promoted BBCU on 27th Feb.

Go along and support your local team!!!!

Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on February 16, 2016, 10:30:48 AM
I will post a brief preview of each Swatcat game a couple of days before each fixture. I would urge all readers to go along and support the team.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: takeitor on February 16, 2016, 11:26:13 AM
Thanks TW.  Although very much a part time supporter, I just want to back up Roger's earlier comment that your regular updates are much appreciated.  Whilst I think you're probably correct about the mid-table finish this season we might go a bit "Leicester" and surprise a few people...you can but hope.

I'll definitely get along to a game or 3 again this season as it's a good afternoon out and a cracking atmosphere in the Kings 80th Stadium. Come on Swatcats!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on February 16, 2016, 03:03:10 PM
Thank you, much appreciated. Yes you are right. I am secretly hoping for a top 5 finish but try to dampen my aspirations publicly!!!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiga on February 16, 2016, 03:05:50 PM
I would urge all readers to go along and support the team.
Oh! i don't like footie, do i have to go  ;)
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on February 17, 2016, 05:42:39 AM
YES Thaiga you do ! And be part of a great sporting atmosphere and occasion and watch the crowd having fun if you don't like the footy.
Thanks TW for the updates as always and look at how many readers you have, (even if not many contribute). ATB
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on February 17, 2016, 07:48:35 AM
Thanks Takeitor and Roger - it's nice to know that my contributions are appreciated.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on February 17, 2016, 11:26:42 AM
Hi Guys, let me know if there is any more info/features that I can add to my posts. As you probably know information in english is difficult to come by but I will try to implement any suggestions from you.

Please try to coerse/beg any mates to support the team. I foretell a pretty successful season ahead.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on February 17, 2016, 11:44:22 AM
Swatcat's new ride!!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on February 17, 2016, 11:48:13 AM
New shirt available - Still not sure whether this is just a polo shirt or whether it is the new playing kit. Hope it's the former - I hate collars on football shirts!!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on February 17, 2016, 12:12:30 PM
Roger - -help - not sure who to ask, but do you think the Swatcats deserve a separate forum within Koratfart. I would contribute every week. Thanks for any help. Russ
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on February 17, 2016, 12:29:28 PM
New kit 2016. Sadly without black shorts A la WWFC!!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on February 17, 2016, 02:38:29 PM
Thaiwolf. Thanks for the updates - the Bus must be worth 10 points a season....
Myself I would really like to know the squad numbers and who is in the team every week.
IMO it would be good to have a 'Child' board for the Swatcats - why not send a PM to our friendly Bossman JohnnieF who might be able to help.
ATB
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on February 17, 2016, 03:19:02 PM
Thanks Roger. I will try. Not sure how I can access team numbers and lineups but I will look into it. Info in english is as rare as rocking horse sh*t
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on February 18, 2016, 09:17:12 AM
The Swatcats are competing in the CHANG CHONBURI INVITATION tournament starting tomorrow.

Friday 19th February
4:30pm Army Utd v Nahkon Ratchasima
7:00pm CHONBURI v Chainat
 
Sunday 21st February
4:30pm 3rd & 4th play off
7:00pm Final
 
Venue: Chonburi Stadium
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on February 18, 2016, 09:27:44 AM
Hi Roger,
             I have found a squad list - not sure how up to date it is but it's all I could find.


Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.      Position   Player
1   Thailand   GK   Kampol Pathom-attakul
2   Thailand   DF   Adisak Hantes
4   Thailand   DF   Chalermpong Kerdkaew (captain)
5   Japan   DF   Satoshi Nagano
8   Thailand   MF   Metee Taweekulkarn (Vice-captain)
10   Germany   MF   Björn Lindemann
14   Zambia   MF   Noah Chivuta
18   Thailand   GK   Saranon Anuin
20   Thailand   FW   Supakit Niamkong
24   Thailand   DF   Dantrai Longjamnong
25   Thailand   MF   Decha Srangdee
29   Thailand   GK   Prapart Kobkaew
30   Thailand   FW   Malek Yawahab
32   Thailand   DF   Pralong Sawandee
39   Thailand   DF   Woradorn Uun-ard
No.      Position   Player
—   Thailand   MF   Bill Sida
—   Thailand   FW   Chanatphol Sikkamonthol
—   Thailand   MF   Niran Phanthong
—   Thailand   MF   Sarawut Sintupan
—   Thailand   DF   Nattapong Sayriya
—   Thailand   MF   Tammachat Nakaphan
—   Nigeria   FW   Marco Tagbajumi
—   Thailand   FW   Promphong Kransumrong
—   Thailand   MF   Jongrak Pakdee
—   Thailand   DF   Thanaphol Udomlarb
—   Thailand   DF   Prathan Mansiri
—   Thailand   DF   Naratip Phayuep-Plurk
—   Thailand   DF   Kantapol Sompittayanurak
—   Thailand   FW   Chakrit Rawanprakone


Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on February 19, 2016, 03:40:36 PM
The shambles that is Thai football continues:

"The TPL season will now start a week later on 5th March after FAT request more time to get structure in place"
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on February 19, 2016, 07:32:29 PM
Chang Tournament Chonburi.

FT Army 1 Swatcats 3

Swatcats progress to the final to play Chonburi or Chainat Hornbills
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on February 20, 2016, 08:50:08 AM
Chang Tournament Chonburi.

FT Army 1 Swatcats 3

Swatcats progress to the final on sunday 21st Feb and will play Chainat Hornbills
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on February 20, 2016, 06:03:09 PM
Premier League News.

The Thai Premier League has been renamed The Premier League of Thailand  -The PLT. No really its not April 1st!!!

The season start has been put back 1 week.

More news as it happens.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on February 20, 2016, 07:21:37 PM
And that took a week !
Thanks TW and keep it coming please . . . .
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on February 22, 2016, 06:25:39 AM
Chang Tounament final.

FT Nahkon Ratchasima 0 Chainat Hornbills 4

Whoops !!!!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on February 22, 2016, 06:39:11 AM
TW Ouch !
Bad day at the office then.
Did you notice Swatcats have more than 10,000 views on KF now.
ATB
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on February 22, 2016, 07:45:15 AM
Only a "friendly" Roger but disappointing none the less. A chance to boost confidence lost.

Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on February 22, 2016, 07:52:23 AM
Due to the seemingly daily cock up by the FAT, The newly named PLT will start a week late. Now listen carefully…. The original Match day 2 fixtures will now become the new Match day 1 fixtures (are you following!!).


This means (I think) that the Swatcat's first fixture will be:

 5th March 19:00   Nakhon Ratchasima FC   v   Muang Thong United..


Piss ups in breweries springs to mind but after all this is Thailand!! Not an auspicious start for the new regime.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on February 29, 2016, 02:21:36 PM
Yipppeee, the new season starts on saturday. More details to come later.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on February 29, 2016, 07:16:25 PM
Well TW.
Good to start the season with a win !
No problem.
ATB
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on March 01, 2016, 01:12:44 PM
The Swatcats face a challenging start to the 2016 season when they welcome the talented Muang Thong United on Saturday 5th. March, KO 19.00 hours. The visitors have strengthened their squad in the close season with one of their acquisitions being Messi J Chananthip. They will be looking to challenge Buriram United for the top spot and the hosts will be hard pressed to snatch a point in this season opener.
My Prediction: Swatcats 1 Muang Thong United 1
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiga on March 01, 2016, 02:16:36 PM
Hi mr. wolf - great job your doing

My Prediction: Swatcats 1 Muang Thong United 0

were not allowed to have a wager but can play with karma, who ever is correct, if at all

Maybe some more members will join in  :cheers
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on March 01, 2016, 05:13:34 PM
Hope your prediction is right Thaiga. It would be a great start to the season. Hope you are going to the match!!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on March 02, 2016, 08:12:24 AM
Don't forget!!!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on March 02, 2016, 12:21:50 PM
TV coverage of  Match Day 1 for the Armchair fans
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on March 02, 2016, 04:41:41 PM
Rumour but could be good news:
"Ghana NT's forward, Dominic Adiyiah ready to return to Nakhon Ratchasima FC for 2016"
Hope it's true!!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on March 02, 2016, 05:17:17 PM
Please stay with us Dominic....and persuade Lee Tuck to stay too!!!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on March 03, 2016, 12:25:36 PM
Great news. Confirmed. Adido is BACK!!!!!

Could form a formidable partnership with Tagbajumi. Watch out Premier league defences
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on March 03, 2016, 02:38:44 PM
Yes great news TW.
Now they can perhaps play him regularly !
ATB
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on March 04, 2016, 08:32:38 AM
Big kick off tomorrow. 7.00 KO. Why not go along and support your local team? It will be a great atmosphere with a 20k plus crowd.
Your club needs YOUR support!!!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on March 04, 2016, 03:26:21 PM
Yes TW. Good luck tomorrow and enjoy watching 'Dashing Dominic'.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on March 06, 2016, 10:16:18 AM
Dateline 5th March 2016

 NRFC 0 Muang Thong United 1

In front of an astonishing 32 000 fans at the 80th Anniversary Stadium, a decent and quick passing Muang Thong overcame a brave Swatcat team with a 37th minute goal in this season opener.

In a repeat of the score in the corresponding fixture last year Muang Thong showed their class with their contingent of players from the Thai National team proving more than a match for the home team. I would note at this point however that NRFC looked a more polished and balanced side than at the start of last season.
The home team started brightly, spurning a golden chance to gain an 11th minute advantage after an incredible run from Tagbajumi. Muang Thong however looked excellent going forward with quick passing and astute use of the flanks. They looked likely to score on a number of occasions but the home team defended doggedly. They produced a long range shot that struck the upright and in the 37th minute a well flighted shot come cross drifted into the net much to the surprise of every player on the pitch!!!

The home team produced some useful attacking moves, with a long range shot tipped over by the keeper and some dogged defending preventing another shot but as the match progressed they seemed to tire allowing Muang Thong to gain more possession.

The second half saw the home team pressing forward leaving huge gaps for the visitors to exploit with Muang Thong happy to keep possession and protect their lead forcing the home keeper into a fine save in the 58th minute

The Swatcat’s chances were few and far between with Tagbajumi forcing some great defensive work in the 60th minute. The addition of Adido failed to inspire the home team to produce much but as the team pressed for an unlikely equalizer, the fans almost raised the roof when an 80th minute Lindemann blast shaved the woodwork and a Chivuta shot was well saved. Nagano then rose well to draw a first class save from the opposition keeper as the home team mounted a late rally. A Lindemann strike in the dying seconds flew inches over the bar denying the home team a first point of the season.

Positives to be taken: Tagbajumi looked a handful at times, the defence fought well and the general balance of the team looked useful and of course the wonderful support – if team members are not motivated by the atmoshpere at the 80 th Anniversary Stadium they should not be wearing the orange shirt.
Based on this performance, the Swatcats will have a respectable campaign. Losing to a strong team like Muang Thong is no disgrace. Going forward, I hope that team abandons the “one up front” strategy and strives to give Tagbajumi some support - especially for future home games.
As for Muang Thong, they looked like a top 3 team but I fear they will find it difficult to challenge for the top honour – their defending was shoddy at times and stronger opponents will capitalize on this.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on March 06, 2016, 12:55:58 PM
TW thanks for that.
A good start and you seem more optimistic than last year.
Wonder what 'Reeves' thinks ?
It's bad that they let in 32,000 - capacity is 27,000 I understood - but that will drop down for the next game I'm sure.
No sign of the dreaded Lee Tuck or Prompong ?
ATB R
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on March 08, 2016, 08:00:06 AM
The Swatcats travel to Chainat tomorrow (wed. 9th March) hoping to open their points account. An encouraging performance against Muang Thong suggests 1 or 3 points could be achievable.

My prediction Chainat 1 Swatcats 1
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on March 09, 2016, 08:05:28 PM
Dateline 9th March 2016

 Chainat Hornbills 3 NRFC 1

Unfortunately, I am unable to report on the first 15 minutes of the match due to the fact that “Junta TV” was being televised – when are the football authorities going to sort out this problem – apparently Chainat scored a goal whilst I was being forced to watch some irrelevant bollocks that only the most hardened of Thai citizens care a toss about – rant over!!!

Back to the match; Chainat made numerous raids forward and were unlucky not to be two up after some slack defending. The home team seemed quite tidy in midfield as The Swatcats strived to stay in the match. Possession wise, it was very one sided with the visitors offering little up front, two Nagano headers being the only threat to the home goalkeeper. In the 40th minute, some desperate defending again foiled a Chainat raid forward as the Swatcats were forced onto the back foot

In the first 45 minutes The Hornbills looked a far more accomplished side with NRFC being fortunate to be only one goal down.

The second half began with an impressive move by the visitors with the ball skimming dangerously across The Hornbills 6 yard box. minutes later a Lindemann drive was inches wide.

Chainat missed a golden chance to go 2 up in the 50th minute and a minute later the Swatcats defence was breached for a second time to put Chainat two up. Adiyeah was introduced in the 56th minute as the men from Korat converted to two up front. Chainat again began to dominate and were unlucky not to go three up in the 68th minute.

Chivuta was inches over from a 22 yard free kick and he slotted home a 77th minute penalty to ensure an exciting climax to the game and offer the hope of an unlikely first point of the season for the visitors. Tagbajumi was inches wide with a slick 12 yard drive as NRFC fought for the equalizer.

Chainat then added a third in the closing seconds to wrap up a deserved 3 points.

A more encouraging second half performance from NRFC but still a deserved victory for the Hornbills. If as, expected, Chainat are a standard “mid to lower” table side, The Swatcats, based on this performance, will certainly struggle to fight for a top ten finish – let’s hope for more polished performances in the coming games.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on March 09, 2016, 08:10:05 PM
Trying to beat you to it TW. Failed I see !
Watched it on TV and the 1st half I thought Chainat were much the better side with pattern and composure in attack. Swatcats play all desperation and thrashing around.
Chainat beat us by 4 pre-season ? A good side.
Swatcats defence always berated but myself, I'd criticise the attack. Always keeping their own defence under pressure by giving the ball away.
Chivuta and Lindeman IMO are a spent force.
Tagbajumi looks like his pedigree on Wikipedia. Lucky to have a contract.
Swatcats' penalty was ridiculous and undeserved.
I hope there are some BAD teams in this league or we are in for a hard season.
Mai pen lai - just one game.



Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on March 10, 2016, 09:09:24 AM
NRFC welcome BEC Tero Sasana to the 80th Anniversary Stadium at the weekend. The hosts hoping to open their points account.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on March 10, 2016, 09:10:44 AM
Off to Buriram for the World Superbikes so will be offline this week. My report will therefore be a little late. Have a good one ;))
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: takeitor on March 10, 2016, 10:27:14 AM
Have a great time at the superbikes TW - and thanks to you and Roger for the continued reports
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on March 10, 2016, 03:02:37 PM
Thanks Takeitor, I will.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on March 13, 2016, 07:34:52 PM
Eagerly waiting for 7 pm k.o. v Tero Sesana - may be able to find it on TV.
Swatcats need a win - only 2 games and rooted at the bottom of the TPL.
Another poor result would NOT be good but a win would put us towards mid-table.
Fingers crossed.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on March 13, 2016, 09:50:25 PM
1-0 win. Phew ! Missed it on telly.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on March 14, 2016, 01:36:37 PM
Hi Roger, I will try to include TV coverage in future previews.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on March 14, 2016, 01:37:11 PM
Dateline 12th March 2016

 NRFC 1 BEC Tero Sasana 0

The Swatcats welcomed the Fire Dragons to the 80th Anniversary Stadium looking to open their points account and to attempt to spice up a rather disappointing opening to the season.
In front of an attendance of around 12 000 thousand fans (was not at the match so only a guess) the home team opened up their points account with a deserved victory.
The Swatcats started with Adiyeah up front in place of Marco Tagbajumi who was on the bench.
A disappointing first 20 minutes saw neither side make any significant chances. The home team’s passing movements were laboured and tended to pose no real threat to Tero’s defence with long speculative punts to Adiyeah being used to little effect.
A header from a corner that hit the Swatcat’s upright and luckily bounced back into the home keeper’s arms was the only real action in the first 30 minutes – a largely unspectacular start to the match.
A Lindemann shot in the 31st minute seemed to “wake up” the home team and a flurry of chances resulted with pressure being exerted. Adido hit the upright in the 35th minute as the Swatcats hunted for an opening goal and Chivuta struck a 20 metre shot a couple of feet wide after good work on the flank from Adido.
The second half saw the home team pressing forward and putting more pressure on Tero’s defence with Adido causing problems for the defenders. A Lindemann shot flew wide as The Swatacats began to exert almost constant pressure – surely a goal was going to come.
A welcome return for Prompong as substitute and almost immediately, in the 75th minute Nagano rose to nod in a goal from a corner kick.
Tero broke sporadically and in the 81st minute they produced a header that bounced off the upright and in the 85th minute the home keeper saved well to preserve the home team’s lead.
In truth Tero looked a very ordinary side and I feel that a better side may have taken advantage of the home team’s performance tonight. Playing one up front does not look very convincing – I look forward to seeing Adiyeah and Tagbajumi linking up in future games.
A very useful 3 points however and on balance a deserved victory with the second half performance showing some real spirit and hope for the future.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on March 14, 2016, 02:10:53 PM
The Swatcats visit newly promoted BBCU on Wednesday 16th March at 18.00. TV coverage TS6 (true channel 685).
My prediction BBCU 0 NRFC 2.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on March 14, 2016, 03:21:05 PM
Hey TW that's brilliant. You are what I call a FAN(atic).
SO SO happy that Adiyah started although Swatcats need tactics that do not demand him to be MR SHOCK every minute every week.
I wish Tagbajumi well despite doubts but I am over the moon to see my M8 Prompong back in harness. (I trust justice was done).
If I can get the TV on PSI I'll watch on Wed.
Oh was Fode Diakite plating for Tero ?
ATB
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on March 14, 2016, 04:11:36 PM
Not sure if Diakite was playing. Hope you get to watch the match on wednesday. I am feeling pretty optimistic despite our disappointing start. I think we will improve as the season progresses.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on March 17, 2016, 08:08:49 AM
Dateline 16th March 2016

 BBCU FC 2 NRFC 4

In this battle of the felines, The Pink Panthers were striving to overcome a Swatcats outfit who were looking to improve after a disappointing start to their campaign.

Junta TV strikes again on True4U so unable to comment on the first 20 minutes of the game which was not transmitted.

The Big Bang, luckily some may say, promoted after the demise of Police United, started hesitatingly with a smart drive from the visitors inches over. They then replied with a header saved by the Swatcat’s keeper.
The men from Korat then began a period of pressure concluding in a 20 metre drive from Malek which beat the keeper at the near post. With Adiyeah looking dangerous the Swatcats continued to press as they looked for a second goal.

The 34th minute saw an excellent header from the home team that was inches wide and later a free kick was safely saved but in the 40th minute Adido broke clear and slotted home a 20 metre drive – he looks class tonight – 2-0 to the visitors.

The second half began with  NRFC seemingly asleep as the home team seized the initiative and they pulled one back in the 53rd minute and with growing confidence put the Swatcat’s goal under pressure with a couple of chances created. They drew level in the 66th minute with a Swatcats’ own goal. The tempo of the game seemed to have shifted with BBCU gaining momentum.

Tagbajumi on as sub for Adido shot over from 20 metres and in the 78th minute BBCU spurned a great chance to go ahead when Julius fired over.

In the 83rd minute, a defensive mix up allowed Tagbajumi to snatch an 83rd minute goal and he followed it with a fourth in the 88th minute.

At half time the Swatcats looked comfortable and it seemed that an easy victory would follow however they seemed to lose concentration and conceded 2 goals. Overall however a good performance against a poor BBCU outfit.






   
                                                                     
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on March 17, 2016, 08:12:04 AM
The Swatcats sitting in a respectable 7th place in the PLT as the League enters a break to accommodate the Thai National team"s WCQ game.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on March 17, 2016, 10:07:39 AM
Thanks TW. A good result and nice to be in 7th rather than bottom of the TPL - it's easy for a team to get stuck after a bad start so now we can relax a bit.......
Happy that Adiyah started and scored and also for Tagbajumi to get 2 goals - if he gets confident maybe he can prove me wrong. ATB
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on March 24, 2016, 10:33:04 AM
No TPL games this weekend due to the International break. Why not tune in to watch Thailand play Irag in a vital WCQ match tonight ? Thailand need a point to progress to the next level of qualifying for the World Cup.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on March 27, 2016, 02:11:05 PM
Premier league football returns to the 80th Anniversary Stadium after the International Break on Wednesday 30th March at 7.00 pm (TV coverage True Sport HD3) when the visitors are Bangkok Glass. A real challenge for the home team, as they take on the high flying Glass Rabbits.

My prediction NRFC 1 Bangkok Glass 0
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on March 27, 2016, 08:09:06 PM
Love your optimism TW . . . .
I'll be there at last.
ATB
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on March 28, 2016, 09:57:06 AM
Glass always half full for me Roger. Enjoy the match. Hope you see a victory. Hope they play Tagbajumi and Adiyeah up front - gut feeling is they won't
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on March 28, 2016, 05:09:15 PM
Yes TW I'd like to see Tag and Adi in combo.
A win's a big ask but more than possible.
ATB
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on March 31, 2016, 08:00:31 AM
Dateline 30th March 2016

 NRFC 1 Bangkok Glass 2

THE Swatcats welcomed the Glass Rabbits from Bangkok with the visitors hoping to continue their early season good form.

The hosts began with Tagbajumi up front.

In front of about 14 000 fans, the first half began with an early chance for the hosts with Tagbajumi failing to make contact with a Malek cross. The visitors countered with a guilt edged chance missed at the other end. With Malek looking bright and Tagbajumi a threat, the home team looked dangerous and created a couple of half chances.

The men in green countered well and looked dangerous on the break with some swift passing movements causing problems for the Swatcat’s defence. Bangkok Glass were looking a more composed side as the half progressed with some great skill shown in midfield and up front.

Lindemann spurned a great chance in the 20th minute after some good work from Malek, the resultant corner led to chaos in the visitor’s box with Tagbajumi failing to finish.
In the 34th minute Malek met a Lindemann cross but headed straight at the keeper from 7 yards. The Swatcats continued to press and in the 37th minute a penalty was awarded as Lindemann was taken down as he cut in from the flank; he got up to score from the spot.

As the half concluded there was not too much between the two teams with BG having more chances but the hosts having slightly more possession.

The second half saw the visitors opening brightly, with a shot hooked over the bar from 12 yards and in the 54th minute a strong header from a free kick brought the visitors level. Minutes later a sharp header was saved well to prevent the visitors going ahead.
BG began to dominate and started to show their class with the Swatcats hanging on, withstanding great pressure – at this point with 20 odd minutes to play, I certainly would have settled for a draw!!

Adiyeah replaced Noah Chivuta in the 68th minute as the visitors continued to press. The Swatcats had a rare chance to win the game in the 88th minute when Tagbajumi fired over but seconds later
Bangkok Glass went ahead when a long range shot squirmed under the keeper’s body.

A dominant second half performance from Bangkok Glass with their forward play very fluent and penetrative suggests they will stay with the front runners this season. In truth the home team was completely outplayed in the second half.
A competent if not sparkling performance against a strong Bangkok Glass outfit. The match confirmed that NRFC can compete – but not beat the top PLT teams but tonight they will be unhappy that they could not hang on for a draw.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: Roger on March 31, 2016, 12:02:22 PM
Hi TW. Thanks for that report. I think the crowd was announced at the end as 17,900 but I thought it looked even more than that when the ground finally filled up.
My first look at Tag and I'm unconvinced atm.
BKK Glass looked the quicker, sharper, neater side from the start with 'drilled' ground passing and speedy running and IMO the Swatcats did well to get into the game after a slow start. I thought Lindemann looked sharp in the first half and deserved his goal.
In the second half it seemed to me that the Swatcats tried to cool it and hang on to the 1-0 lead - playing into the hands of BKK Glass. We should have been 2-1 up at the end but for that appalling double miss from Lindeman and Tag. To have failed to snatch the 3 points and then given away a last gasp goal was a downer !
Good to see Adiyah do his headless chicken bit and they need to integrate him into the team better IMO.
Would have been nice to hang onto a point and with an unforgiving Ratchaburi next and a home game with Chonburi - maybe hard times are ahead.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on March 31, 2016, 12:41:46 PM
Don't be downhearted Roger. BG were a class act. We are not good enough to consistently beat top 5 teams and unless we import some real talent,we are going to remain a 7-9th place team. I personally am happy with the situation where we are the "best of the rest". Maybe in the future we might progress but I'm not holding my breath!!!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on April 01, 2016, 08:20:43 AM
No easy games in the TPL as The Swatcats travel to Ratchaburi for yet another challenging fixture. A point against a strong Ratchaburi side would be a bonus for the men from Korat.
TV coverage Saturday 2nd April 19.00 TS HD2

My prediction Ratchaburi 2 NRFC 2.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on April 02, 2016, 02:00:01 PM
Slightly off topic but here are my views on what the TPL might look like in 2026. What about your predictions???

The Premier League of Thailand Season’s Review 2026.

Ubon UMT United lifts the PLT trophy for the second season running following the defection to the newly established South East Asian Superleague of Buriram United and Muang Thong United.

The men from Isaan were closely challenged by Nahkon Ratchasima FC who failed in their bid for their third Premiership title following the Swatcat’s last match loss at home in front of a record
62 000 fans at the extended 80th Anniversary Stadium.

At the bottom the slow decline of Bangkok based sides was brought into focus with the relegation of Bangkok United Army and Port. Bangkok now has only one representative in the TPL with Bangkok Glass, the only capital based team to have moved with the times, finishing in third place.

The remaining teams in the 12 team league jostling in mid table were Udon Thani FC, Si Saket, Khonkaen United, Chonburi, Suphanburi and Ratchaburi.

Final table

1.   Ubon UMT United
2.   Nahkon Ratchasima
3.   Bangkok Glass
4.   Suphanburi
5.   Chonburi Sharks
6.   Ratchaburi
7.   Khonkaen United
8.   Udon Thani FC
9.   Si Saket
10.   Bangkok United
11.   Port
12.   Army

Following the relaxation of the rules regarding foreign players league attendances have soared with the season average gate hovering around 25 000. Indeed the top three teams in the Premiership only fielded 5 Thai players between them. The reduction in the number of Premier League teams to 12 has had massive ramifications for the Thai National team – with the home grown players now concentrated into fewer teams and competing with the best players from Asia and Europe, Thailand has soared to 78th place in the FIFA world rankings.

The Fan’s Forum, which now controls the administration of the league, issued an end of season statement:

“We the fans congratulate the 12 teams in this year’s competition and look forward to further progress in the quality of the standards next year. Further, we are hopeful that no further clubs would leave the TPL to join the SE Asian Superleague”

It added that the financial future of the PLT was bright with coffers full, with massive sponsorship deals and recent TV rights giving China and the ASEAN community full live match coverage. The funds raised by these deals were currently being used for ground improvement grants and the implementation of 5 Regional Youth Academies (RYAs).
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on April 02, 2016, 09:03:53 PM
Dateline 2nd April 2016

 Ratchaburi 2 NRFC 0

The Swatcats entered the Dragon’s den hoping to secure an improbable point or three.

The match began with Heberty coming close with a drive in the first minute and from the resulting corner a header was clearly handled on the line but no penalty was awarded. A further drive was cleared off the line as the Dragons pressed for an early advantage.
In the 5th minute a curling shot from Heberty was brilliantly saved as the visitors strived to survive the early onslaught.

With the Swatcats seemingly unable to maintain any real possession, Ratchaburi attacked in waves – surely a goal must come soon - I am detecting a worrying trend – we are making all our opponents look good!!!

Heberty again went close in the 21st minute and seconds later he shaved the post with a 20 yard free kick. This is the worst 30 minutes of play that I have experienced from a recent Swatcat side – I cannot remember a series of more than 2 passes put together by the team.
As Ratchaburi pressed, a header went close for the home team who should by now be 4 or 5 goals up – this is getting embarrassing.
Heberty was again denied a goal by a smart save from a 20 yard free kick in the 25th minute and minutes later a close range chance was spurned as 2 attackers clashed.

In the 36th minute the visitors finally put 3 passes together but to no effect as Ratchaburi again stormed forward. A raid forward resulted in a goal for the home side but it was ruled offside then
in the 41st minute the inevitable goal came from the ever dangerous Heberty with a classy curling drive.

I have rarely seen such a one sided half of football……. but the Swatcats are unbelievably still in it at 1-0!!!!
I am not sure what can be done but surely coach Kambe must make some personnel or tactical changes otherwise Ratchaburi are going to score a shedload of goals.

The second half commenced with the visitors unable to hold onto the ball and the home team pressing. In the 52nd minute the excellent Heberty was injured and was unable to continue. The Dragons went 2 up with a smart goal in the 61st minute as the Swatcats continued to misfire in midfield.
In the 65th minute in NRFC’s first meaningful attack Malek struck the post after good work from Tagbajumi and minutes later the home team themselves struck the post from a 10 yard shot.

In the 75th minute Noah Chivuta hit the bar with a rasping drive as the visitors started edging back into the game and Lindemann drew a good save from the home keeper in the 89th minute but in reality the visitors did not deserve a goal tonight.

An improved second half performance but not much to be positive about tonight - here’s hoping that they have got this poor performance out of their system. 4 defeats and 2 wins so far is not an auspicious start but admittedly 3 of our defeats have been against top teams.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on April 06, 2016, 10:12:08 AM
The Swatcats have been drawn against regional league club Inter Pattaya in the Toyota League Cup. Kick off is 16.00 hours on Sunday 10th April at Pattaya. A chance to maybe regain confidence for the Swatcats after a less than successful start to their PLT campaign.
My prediction Inter 0 NRFC 3.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on April 10, 2016, 05:48:45 PM
FT Inter Pattaya 0 NRFC 2. The Swatcats advanced into the next round of the Toyota League Cup with this victory over Inter Pattaya today.

There is now a PLT break for Songkran. The league restarts in 2 week's time when NRFC welcome the Sharks from Chonburi.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on April 20, 2016, 06:50:37 PM
 NRFC v Chonburi Sharks preview.

NRFC recommence their PLT fixtures with a home game against Chonburi on Sunday 24th April at 18.00. The game can be viewed on Truevisions channel 667 TS HD2.

People in the Thai Football world have been looking for signs that the Sharks have come out of their rather traumatic period of change at the club at the end of last season. So far, early in the season I know, the verdict is still out.
 It certainly was a brave but inevitable (in most fans minds) move to see a team finishing a creditable fourth in the TPL then sack the coach and let key personnel go. The Sharks, whilst not setting the world on fire so far, have performed pretty well and in my opinion a top six finish is within their grasp.

The Swatcats have had a dodgy start. The team’s success is attributable in great part to the industry and skill of Noah Chivuta. His form has been below par – maybe carrying a slight knock, and thus the men from Korat have been misfiring. The team struggled to score freely last year and this problem seems to be dogging them again. Whether to play Tagbajumi or Adeyeah up front seems to be a problem that leads to a lack of continuity up front. My answer would be to try playing them both but I am no tactician!!
In this particular fixture I think that the Sharks will have the edge and 3 points maybe a possibility. The “1 goal advantage” that Swatcat home fixtures seem to attract however leads me to predict a 2-2 draw.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on April 26, 2016, 04:11:34 PM
Dateline 24th April NRFC 0 Chonburi Sharks 0

NRFC hosted the Sharks from Chonburi, In front of a crowd of some 13 000 plus. The home fans hoping that the Swatcats could "squish the fish".

In a rather uninspiring opening 20 minutes, neither side was able to muster a real chance with a Lindemann drive and a further 20 yard shot from Athibordee being the only moments of tepid excitement.
Noah Chivuta nearly broke the deadlock on 21 minutes with a fierce shot but in truth there was precious little service provided for a lively Tagbajumi. At the other end Chonburi failed to produce much themselves up front.

 In the 46th minute Tagbajumi fired in a fine cross shot which was superbly pushed past the post by the keeper – a rare touch of class in the match so far.

With the hosts having slightly more possession, no real pattern of play materialized from either side as the first half drew to a close.

In the second half The Swatcats attacked brightly, searching for a breakthrough and in the 54th minute Noah Chivuta was replaced by Adeyeah. A 59th minute Lindemann shot stung the keeper’s hands as the home side again dominated possession.
 Assumpsao fired in a curling shot in a rare foray forward by the Sharks and Lindemann shot just wide after some smart work from Adeyeah as both sides searched for a winner. As the Swatcats pressed with Adeyeah adding a new dimension up front, a near post shot went close and then at the death, The Sharks nearly poached all 3 points with a stinging shot going narrowly wide in the 93rd minute.

Chances considered, this was not a bad performance. The Swatcats will have to somehow up their game if they are to battle for a top 10 finish.  Whilst a point against one of the better teams in the TPL is not a disaster, there is certainly no need to panic yet of course.
In reality there are 5 or 6 teams who are probably going to finish below them, but it will be a disappointment after last year's 8th place for the club to be mixing it at the wrong end of the table. I am not sure where the goals are going to come from. Worse for me is the fear that after 2 home defeats, a rather squeaky win and a goalless draw, the fans will shun the team....and I'm afraid that a Swatcat team without the advantage of the usual massive home support will really be up against it.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on April 26, 2016, 07:28:17 PM
The Swatcats travel to Si Saket tomorrow (KO 7.00 pm 27th April) hoping to gain a vital win after some disappointing recent results. 3 points would kickstart their season and push them into a mid table position.
My prediction Si Saket 1 NRFC 2.
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Post by: thaiwolf on April 28, 2016, 09:20:40 AM
Dateline 27th April 2016

 Si Saket 1 NRFC 0

NRFC visited the home of the Kouprey Warriors in this Isaan Derby game hoping to add to their early season point’s total. The Swatcats started without Nagano, Lindemann and Tagbajumi with Adeyeah up front. Former Swatcat favourite Ivan Boscovic figured for the home team
The Koupreys opened brightly with a period of pressure culminating in a long range shot saved well by the visitor’s keeper. The Swatcats countering with a glancing header from Adeyeah in the 9th minute.

A solo effort from Adeyeah then had the keeper scampering as the visitors eased themselves into the game – the Ghanean minutes later being flattened by a flying boot to the face.

The visitors grew in confidence and put some useful attacking moves together with one culminating in a dangerous cross being tipped over the bar but in a half of few genuine chances, honours were about even – Adeyeah’s sharpness may ultimately be the difference between the teams.

The second half came to life with a snap shot from the home team in the 48th minute but as in the first half chances were few and far between. The Swatcats increasingly showed some signs of dominance as the half progressed with the hosts not posing much of a threat.

A sharp header from a corner in the 76th minute broke the deadlock to put the hosts one up.

As the game drew to a close a great solo run Adeyeah ended when he flicked his shot feet wide. Minutes later, Adeyeah again made the keeper work with a snap shot from 14 yards. In what was now becoming the Adeyeah show he again shot wide then was inches wide with a header as the visitors searched for an equalizer.

Adeyeah looked lively but isolated up front often being covered by 3 defenders. I would love to see him operate with a second main striker. The way the team is playing is hardly inspiring and goals again seem to be at a premium. With no consistent selections up front, we seem to have run out of attacking ideas.
On balance the Swatcats deserved a point tonight being slightly unlucky to concede the winning goal – the defence looked in control most of the time but Si Saket were pretty ordinary and we will face far greater challenges in forthcoming matches.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on April 29, 2016, 08:22:30 AM
The Swatcats welcome the newly promoted Sukhothai tomorrow (Sat. 30th KO 6.00 pm  TV coverage TS6). Sukhothai have made a bright start in their maiden season and will provide a real challenge to the struggling men from Korat. I feel however that home advantage may be decisive.
My prediction NRFC 1 Sukhothai 0.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on May 01, 2016, 07:36:43 AM
Dateline 30th April 2016

 NRFC 1 Sukhothai 3

The visitors today were the Fire Bats from Sukhothai. The newly promoted Sukhothai have made an encouraging start to their first TPL campaign.

In front of a disappointing crowd - maybe 8-10 000 (hardly surprising considering the Swatcats early season performances) the opening 20 minutes were devoid of any major incidents or chances of note.

In the 21st minute a Malek snap shot had the visitor’s keeper on the hop then Tagbajumi blazed over from 12 yards. Minutes later under pressure from Tagbajumi, a Sukhothai headed own goal gave the hosts the lead.
34 minutes in and some neat passing football culminated in a Lindemann drive soaring over the bar. The hosts now seem to be gaining momentum and another sweet forward move resulted in a long range shot.
In a defensive disaster in the 43rd minute, the host’s keeper failed to control a tame back pass and an alert Sukhothai forward pounced to tap the ball into an empty net.

In a half when the visitors offered little up front, the Swatcats, despite not setting the world on fire, looked the better side. Sukhothai look very poor and anything but a Swatcats win tonight would be a disappointment.

The second half started with both teams trading tame attacking moves but in the 63rd minute a Bireme rocket cannoned off the crossbar after some good work on the flank from Biaggio.

Local hero Prompong replaced Malek in the 73rd minute and in the 81st minute in a rare foray forward, an unmarked Bireme headed Sukhothai ahead. Biaggio added a third in the 93rd minute to complete a disappointing evening for the hosts.

The team is not playing badly but does not seem to be able to put teams away. With attendances dwindling and our home form crumbling, this could be a long season ahead - an improvement on last year’s 8th place seems a world away.
I’m not sure what is going wrong at the moment but there seems to be little service provided for the strikers. Also the fact that one week it’s Adeyeah up front and the next it’s Tagbajumi hardly provides much continuity or confidence for either player.

On present performances a relegation battle is looming…how long before the call for Kambe’s head!!!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on May 05, 2016, 07:23:20 PM
The Swatcats take on the struggling Navy at Sattahip on Saturday 7th May. Navy have only scored one goal in the first 9 games so there should be the opportunity to gain a point or three. Kick off is at 19.00.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on May 08, 2016, 07:50:48 AM
Dateline 7th May 2016

 Navy 1 NRFC 0
 
The Swatcats were the visitors at Sattahip for this early season meeting of two of the Premier League strugglers.
At last the penny has dropped – Adeyeah and Tagbajumi start together today. It will be interesting to see how they interact. Lindemann is on the bench.

The match began with tame exchanges from both sides with Navy looking the slightly better side going forward. In a half littered with free kicks and injuries, T Metee was sent off for a second yellow in the 45th minute.

Viewing this first half of football it is easy to see why both teams are languishing at the wrong end of the table. The Tagbajumi/Adeyeah ensemble does not seem to be the answer to The Swatcat’s absolute lack of penetration – at least the home side produced a couple of half chances!!!

Second half and here’s hoping for some football entertainment – I’m not holding my breath!!!

In the opening minute of the second half, a Navy cross was almost turned into the net by a defender – the keeper saved smartly and in the 59th minute a smart overhead kick gave the hosts the lead – only Navy’s second goal of the season!!

In the 73rd minute the visitors put their first shot on target - a weak effort from Lindemann. This apart there was little else to report in a dour final 45 minutes.

Another toothless display. I am not sure where the club goes from here. The club overachieved last year and last season was always going to be a hard act to follow but their performances thus far have been mediocre at best. Any sparkle present last season seems to have evaporated. Here’s hoping that they can turn things around but at the moment I see no areas that provide any confidence that the team can improve.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on May 09, 2016, 01:42:24 PM
The Swatcats host Chang Rai United on Wednesday 11th May at 7.00 pm. A win for the ailing men from Korat is absolutely vital. With crowds dwindling and the team perilously close to the relegation zone, a confidence lifting 3 points would go some way to inspire the club and fans.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on May 12, 2016, 08:29:55 AM
Dateline 11th May 2016

 NRFC 1 Chang Rai United 4

The visitors tonight were Chang Rai United. After a great start, there has been a stutter in their form but they should still have enough to overcome a struggling Swatcat team.

The first half started with a sparse crowd asking the question “Can the home team discover some spark to energise their season?” No Adeyeah or Tagbajumi up front. Prompong gets a start.

Chang Rai struck in the second minute with an unopposed header to go one up. In the opening minutes Chang Rai look much sharper than the hosts.

In the 16th minute a diving header from the hosts flashed just wide and minutes later a well worked move lead to a drive shaving the bar.

Chang Rai went further ahead in the 26th minute with a freak, long range header that bounced over the keeper. The hosts continued to huff and puff with no tangible end product with Chang Rai looking confident and competent.

Chang Rai completed the half 3 up with a well worked third goal.

The second half again confirmed that Chang Rai are a better, well organized outfit with the hosts being pulled all over the place with slick passing movements and better technique. With confidence ebbing it seems to me that the Swatcat players really don’t know what their jobs on the field are… and are waiting to be told!!

In the 59th minute a completely unmarked Murillo volleyed in the fourth. The hosts plugged away gamely but what is becoming clear is that they have lost their way tactically.
A long range shot was well saved by the Chang Rai keeper and minutes later a Lindemann drive was inches wide as the hosts pressed with Chang Rai taking their foot off the gas.

A late Tagbajumi consolation goal will do nothing to hide the fact that the Swatcats are really struggling. Some action has to be taken quickly otherwise this side is relegation bound. For whatever reason this set of players is not performing and seem to lack any real spirit. There is no part of the team that offers any hope of improvement. The fans are already voting with their feet. Only the real diehards are prepared to turn out to see these substandard performances – there really has been little entertainment at the 80th anniversary Stadium this season. This is such a disappointment after last season but in truth, the team overachieved last year with a mediocre set of players.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on May 12, 2016, 10:02:46 AM
The Swatcats visit Bangkok United at the weekend (Saturday 8.00) “Lambs to the Slaughter” might be an appropriate description of the fixture.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on May 12, 2016, 10:03:48 AM
Rumours are circulating that Sugao Kambe has been sacked.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on May 12, 2016, 10:07:09 AM
If Sugao Kambe has gone, I would like to put on record that he has brought the club a long way - third tier obscurity to 8th place in the Premier League is no mean feat. Thank you for your service Sugao San and I wish you good luck in the future.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on May 13, 2016, 08:12:55 AM
It has been confirmed that Sugao Kambe has resigned as Head coach of the Swatcats
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Post by: thaiwolf on May 15, 2016, 09:29:40 AM
Dateline 14th May 2016

 Bangkok United 2 NRFC 1

With the Bangkok Angels flying high and the men from Korat struggling and without a Head Coach it will need heavenly intervention if the Swatcats are to gain anything from this game.

The match commenced with the visitors starting with Tagbajumi and Adeyeah up front, with Chivuta omitted.
The hosts started confidently and went close after 5 minutes and then scored the first goal after 10 minutes with a slick move that split the Swatcat’s defence apart with ease.
The Bangkok side looked impressive going forward and seemed to be able to open up the visitors defence at will, with a couple of good chances going begging.
Despite looking the weaker side tonight, the Swatcats seemed a little better organized and showed a bit more spirit than of late – defence looks very “leaky” though.

After 30 minutes with the Angel’s front men tormenting the visitor’s defence and no shots on goal from the men from Korat there is only going to be one result tonight.

A twice taken penalty in the 32nd minute led to a second for the hosts and the teams went in at half time with the Angels two up.

Second half and some good movement from the Swatcats leading to a fine drive from Lindemann and minutes later a reasonable penalty claim was turned down. The hosts countered with a snap shot hitting the bar.
A Lindemann free kick was well saved by the keeper in the 59th minute and the men from Korat were rewarded for their efforts when a superb 30 yard drive went in off the bar in the 61st minute to make it 2-1.

In the 71st minute Bangkok clattered the post with a well taken free kick and with the Swatcat’s defence tiring, the hosts began to exert pressure as the game entered its final phase.

Outclassed, at times, by a more polished side but there were some encouraging signs – especially in the second half. The team however is creating few chances even with two up front which is worrying.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on May 16, 2016, 09:02:21 AM
The Swatcats begin their search for a new Head  Coach after the resignation of Sugao Kambe. My hope is that a strict disciplinarian with some defensive coaching ability is appointed.

I would like to put on record that Sugao Kambe brought the club a long way - third tier obscurity to 8th place in the Premier League is no mean feat. Thank you for your service Sugao San and I wish you good luck in the future.
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Post by: thaiwolf on May 19, 2016, 08:18:35 AM
The Swatcats welcome Suphanburi to the 80th Anniversary Stadium on Saturday 21st May at 6.00 pm. By their own high standards, Suphanburi have made a mediocre start to the season but will still provide a great challenge to the hosts.
The home team will be desperate to break a run of 5 defeats and after an encouraging performance against Bangkok United will be looking to lever themselves out of the bottom three.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on May 20, 2016, 03:59:43 PM
Rumours are surfacing that the Swatcats will appoint a new coach "early next week".
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Post by: thaiwolf on May 22, 2016, 12:52:22 PM
Dateline 21st May 2016

 NRFC 0 Suphanburi 0

The War Elephants from Suphanburi were the opponents at the 80th Anniversary Stadium, with the home team hoping to end a dramatic losing streak.
In front of about 5-6 thousand fans the hosts opened eagerly with the opponents being closed down effectively. A fourth minute free kick went just over for the hosts as they pressed forward but Suphanburi looked dangerous at times on the break.

In the 20th minute the visitors scored a neat headed goal but it was adjudged offside. The men from Korat then countered with a decent 25 yard drive going over and minutes later a smart passing movement resulted in a shot inches wide. There then followed a period of pressure from the hosts ending with an Adeyeah 8 yard drive being well saved – a guilt edged chance.

The 40th minute saw a lucky escape for the home team. A shot was well saved but the ball ran loose and a resulting point blank shot was kept out by the sprawling keeper.

The second half began with both teams trying to break the deadlock but it took until the 62nd minute before a real chance was produced when a Suphanburi close range header was well saved by the keeper. Minutes later, persistence by Adeyeah nearly produced an unlikely opening goal. This spurred on the home side with a drive going wide and a period of pressure developing.

In the 74th minute a diving header from the hosts went wide with the resulting corner causing chaos in the opponents defence. The Suphanburi defenders resorted to some rather agricultural challenges to keep the Swatcats at bay with a Lindemann drive following one of these challenges going just wide.

Ultimately neither side could break the deadlock, but a vital point for the Swatcats against a disappointing Suphanburi outfit. A much improved performance from the Swatcats. They challenged and harried opponents and showed real spirit – there has definitely been a change in attitude since the departure of Sugao Kambe. The lack of goals is still worrying but I feel slightly optimistic for the future. Bjorn Lindemann was excellent tonight, as was Noah Chivuta but our options up front seem limited  and I think this department needs bolstering for the second leg – neither Tagbajumi or Adeyeah – both talented players, seem to be the answer to our goal scoring problems.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on May 25, 2016, 10:54:32 AM
NRFC – What’s gone wrong?

A team surfing on the back of two promotions.
 A team finishing a creditable 8th place in their inaugural season in the top flight.
A team attracting crowds which most TPL teams can only dream of.

A team now languishing in the bottom three, crowds diving to a lowly 7000 from a first match day attendance of 32 000 and demos protesting at the way in which the team is run. So what has gone wrong?
Let’s be straight, last year’s 8th place was an overachievement and a situation which I foresaw as hard to follow. A pretty ordinary team, who by dint of weak opposition in Division 1 in their Championship season had got into the winning habit who used this momentum and confidence to make a successful assault in the Premiership.
Pundits were making comments about the coaching methods or lack thereof Sugao Kambe and were baying for his removal. Rumours were circulating about the player’s discontent at the lack of rigorous training and coaching…but still the performances last season masked the underlying problems.

A word here on the fans. Swatcat fans are not used to seeing their team lose at home. Regional League and Division 1 home losses were extremely rare. In fact Premiership home losses were rare too – with only a couple of losses and a home draw with Buriram bolstering the home fan’s enthusiasm and support. It really is no great surprise that the attendances have plummeted. One home win so far and far from entertaining football on view. If Bangkok United played in Korat the 80th Anniversary Stadium would be full every week – Korat is a real football City.

This season the wheels have apparently come off. The loss of Lee Tuck was a blow. The acquisition of new striker Tagbajumi has yet to blossom and the returning Adeyeah does not appear to be the answer to our goalscoring problems. Kambe has gone and in the two matches since his departure there has been a real improvement – both in attitude and tactics.

So what has gone wrong… well nothing really. An overachieving team in their first season in the top flight who really should have finished in the bottom five is going to finish….in the bottom five. Shock, horror!!

One final point. If The Swatcats are relegated – and in my opinion this is a real possibility, it will be a real loss to the TPL. A moderately successful Korat team will attract 20 000 plus attendances. The TPL needs well supported teams if it is to flourish. Here’s hoping that the new coach, whoever he may be, can turn things around and help to maintain the Swatcat’s Premier League status.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on May 26, 2016, 08:07:35 AM
The Swatcats enter the Thunder Castle this weekend (KO 18.00 Saturday 28th May TV coverage TS HD3) to face current Champions Buriram United. The chance of a favourable result for the men from Korat is, I’m afraid, zero.
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Post by: thaiwolf on May 26, 2016, 12:24:25 PM
The Swatcats have drawn Bangkok United away in the FA Cup. Ties will be played on 15th June
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Post by: thaiwolf on May 29, 2016, 08:38:18 AM
Dateline  28th May 2016

 Buriram United 1 NRFC 0

The Swatcats entered the Thunder Castle hoping to avoid defeat against a Buriram side that has not been firing on all cylinders recently.

The match began with the visitor’s defence soon in panic as a short range shot was deflected just wide after a dangerous cross. Unable to gain much possession, the Swatcats were forced onto the back foot as Buriram pressed forward.
After 14 minutes after yet another in a series of sloppy passes in midfield by the visitors, Buriram opened the scoring with a fine 18 yard drive. The men from Korat countered with a shot on the break well saved by the keeper. Poor defensive work then presented Lindemann with a shooting opportunity.
In the 41st minute the visitors got lucky when a deflected shot bounced off the post. In a flurry of chances, the visitors then countered with a dangerous shot then a snap shot from Kaio was well saved by the visitor’s keeper.

Without looking too dangerous, the home team seemed to be in full control of the game as the first half drew to a close.

In the 48th minute a “cheeky” shot off the side of the foot hit the Swatcat’s post as Buriram pressed. The Swatcats then began to gain some possession as the half progressed but without really causing much difficulty for the home team.
In the 66th minute Adeyeah cut inside and shot from 20 yards but the keeper saved comfortably and minutes later Lindemann rounded off a decent passing movement with a sharp drive.

In a spirited final 10 minutes The Swatcats were unlucky not equalize as they continued to harass and pressure the Buriram defence.

A much improved second half performance which could have led to a deserved point.

Although playing with great spirit against a far from convincing Buriram side, it remains difficult to see where goals are going to come from. Sloppy midfield play continued to put pressure on the defence which battled gamely. Defeat against Buriram is no disgrace but they now must concentrate on the next 3 games – all of which are winnable. They have to put away such lower echelon sides otherwise relegation beckons.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on May 29, 2016, 09:57:11 AM
THE TPL now takes a break to allow for Thailand's King's Cup games.
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Post by: thaiwolf on May 29, 2016, 11:15:47 AM
OFFICIAL: Nakhon Ratchasima FC appoints Milos Joksic as new head coach
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Post by: thaiwolf on May 29, 2016, 11:18:58 AM
Milos Joksic is taking over at Swatcats. He did a good job at Pattaya so could be good for struggling side. Will he bring any players with him?
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on May 30, 2016, 08:56:53 AM
Crucial period for the Swatcats after the international break. They play Pattaya United (H), Osotspa (A) and Army (H). All games are winnable and given the Swatcats recent improvement and the “New Coach” syndrome 9 points should be the target.
If all of these games are won, our relegation woes will be temporarily behind us, however if we lose all three the prospect of relegation will be brought into sharp focus with the inevitable questions being asked of our newly appointed coach.
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Post by: thaiwolf on June 01, 2016, 01:21:41 PM
Nakhon Ratchasima FC unveils new head coach, Milos Joksic. Targets top 10 at end of 2016.
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Post by: thaiwolf on June 01, 2016, 04:00:21 PM
Joksic's first move.

CONFIRMED: Nakhon Ratchasima FC are taking on loan Thailand U23 midfielder, Kasidech Wettayawong from Muangthong United
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Post by: thaiwolf on June 04, 2016, 01:25:57 PM
OFFICIAL: Nakhon Ratchasima FC unveils Kasidech Wettayawong under 6 month loan contract from Muangthong United
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Post by: thaiwolf on June 06, 2016, 01:59:41 PM
The Swatcats visit Songkhla United for the next round of the Toyota league Cup on Wednesday 8th June.
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Post by: thaiwolf on June 09, 2016, 08:25:11 AM
Not an auspicious start for the new coach. Swatcats defeated by Division 1 side Songkhla United in the Toyota League Cup.

 FT Songkhla United 4 NRFC 1
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Post by: thaiwolf on June 09, 2016, 08:31:04 AM
The Swatcats welcome Thai Premier League newcomers Pattaya United on Saturday (KO 6.00 pm). This encounter pits new coach Milos Joksic against his former club.
This match is a “must win” situation for the Swatcats, as a loss will potentially cut them further adrift in the bottom 3.
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Post by: thaiwolf on June 12, 2016, 08:21:15 AM
Dateline 11th June 2016

 NRFC 1 Pattaya United 0

The Rockin’ Dolphins from Pattaya were the visitors today with The Swatcats looking for a rare victory to enable them to improve their precarious position near the foot of the table. The match also was Milos Joksic’s first league game in charge.

The match began in front of a very sparse crowd – possibly fewer than 4000 I would guess – sad times indeed for a club famed in the recent past for its huge fan base. How pitiful the near empty 80th Anniversary Stadium looked tonight.

The Swatcats began on the front foot and put together some decent attacking moves with Tagbajumi looking lively and in the 13th minute after some smart work from Adeyeah, Chanatphon slid in the first goal for the home team.

For the first 30 minutes, Pattaya did not show much ambition up front and seemed content to soak up the home team’s pressure. In the 33rd minute a guilt edged chance was missed by the hosts as a close range header from a corner was miss timed and in the resulting melee a close range shot went wide. The Dolphins then countered with a drive going narrowly wide.

The second half started with Pattaya showing more attack minded intent but following a break by the home team a free kick was smartly saved by the visitor’s keeper and minutes later Adeyeah shot over from 8 yards.
A promising break by the Dolphins in the 60th minute ended with some brave goalkeeping by the home keeper as he came out to smother the resulting shot and in the 63rd minute Pralong Sawandee was sent off following a second yellow card after a silly and innocuous challenge on the keeper.

Pattaya were beginning to get a foothold in the match and one wonders why they only started playing at half time. The hosts seemed to tire and were losing their grip on midfield resulting in pressure being exerted on their defence. Despite this pressure the Swatcats held on to their one goal lead and earned a valuable victory.

A much needed 3 points tonight. The Swatcats looked a decent side tonight – especially in the first half. The midfield seemed more effective and provided more for the frontmen to get their teeth into. I still maintain that Tagbajumi and Adeyeah could form a successful partnership but as yet they have failed to be convincing. We did not miss Bjorn Lindemann (who incidentally was not even named as a substitute tonight).

Against a poor Pattaya team the defence looked OK too. On balance a useful start for Milos Joksic but against stronger teams we will continue to struggle. If we can put away lower echelon teams we should just about survive – and to me, given our poor start that would represent a satisfactory conclusion to the season.
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Post by: thaiwolf on June 15, 2016, 11:47:13 AM
The Swatcats visit high flying Bangkok United tonight (wed 15th June KO 19.00) in the next round of the FA Cup. Many will think that an exit from the competition tonight may well be advantageous to the team’s Premier League survival strategy.
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Post by: thaiwolf on June 16, 2016, 08:04:55 AM
The Swatcats progressed into the next round of the FA Cup with a surprising victory over high flying Bangkok United. Going down 2-0 in the first 30 minutes they fought back to finish 3-3 after 90 minutes. The scores were still after extra time and the visitors secured the victory after winning the penalty shoot out.
Coach Joksic played an understrength side as he secured his second successive victory in charge.
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Post by: thaiwolf on June 16, 2016, 08:08:00 AM
The Swatcats visit Osotspa Samut Prakan this weekend (KO Saturday 8.00 pm) for a crucial relegation battle. A victory would mean that they would leapfrog their opponents and lift themselves out of the relegation positions. A big ask but one which would be a fantastic confidence boost in their battle to beat the drop.
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Post by: thaiwolf on June 19, 2016, 07:43:06 AM
Dateline 18th June 2016

FT Osotspa Samut Prakan 1 NRFC 2

The Swatcats visited Osotspa Samut Prakan in a vital relegation battle. A victory for the visitors would lift them out of the bottom three, leapfrogging the hosts in the process.

The match began with Lindemann in “midfield” but no Noah Chivuta. The visitors started brightly with a Tagbajumi header going wide. They continued to dominate possession and put pressure on the host’s defence. An Adeyeah drive went close followed by a shot narrowly over the bar as the Swatcats swarmed forward – the Swatcats were purring!!! Conversely Osotspa did not offer much up front in the first 20 minutes.

In the 24th minute Peeraphon fired in from 20 yards after a fine run to give the visitors a deserved lead. The Swatcats were looking a far better side than Osotspa and continued to press and in the 36th minute Pralong Sawandee slid in a second after a defensive mix up.

On the stroke of half time Osotspa went close but in truth it was their only real chance so far and as the half drew to a close NRFC seemed in complete control…. And playing like champions.

Osotspa pulled one back with an excellent 25 yard drive in the 48th minute. This seemed to wake up the home side and they pressed forward with real intent for the first time in the match.
Adeyeah then missed a chance after another defensive error and Lindemann went close with an angled drive as the visitors tried to regain their composure.

The hosts were beginning to seize the initiative as what had seemed to be an easy victory for the Swatcats was deteriorating into a fight for survival.

Noah Chivuta was introduced after 66 minutes in order to bolster midfield but Osotspa continued to press. NRFC broke sporadically but not with the purpose shown in the first half

Osotspa looked a different side in the second half but could not make up for their pitiful first half performance – NRFC tired and sat back, allowing Osotspa to play and this nearly cost them the win.

Tonight we played well in the first half but we have not become a great side overnight – Osotspa were poor and on this performance they are certain to join BBCU in Division 1 next season.
I’m not sure what Milos Joksic has done but the team looks better organized, more confident and seem to be moving the ball forward quickly and with more resolve. Three wins in a week isn’t a bad start for the new coach – and he seems to be doing it all with a big smile too!! Well done Milos.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on June 20, 2016, 01:43:53 PM
NRFC welcome the Army on Wednesday 22nd June (KO 6.00 pm). The hosts will be looking to build on their recent successes and haul themselves further away from the relegation trapdoor.
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Post by: thaiwolf on June 23, 2016, 05:08:42 PM
Dateline 22nd June 2016

 FT NRFC 1 Army United 0

The Swatcats entertained Army tonight, hoping to extend their winning streak to three games. In what was a feisty encounter a Bjorn Lindemann penalty separated the teams at full time. This win, coach Joksic’s third victory in a row, lifted the Swatcats further clear of the relegation zone and added some credence to the chance of Premiership survival this season.

Army started brightly with a long range shot but the hosts were soon on the front foot with a couple of chances going wide. The Swatcats pressed forward and a Lindemann effort was well saved, goalkeeper Sunny then brought down the advancing Prompong and Lindemann slotted home the resulting penalty to give the hosts the lead.

Army man Botti was sent off for a blow to an opponent’s head then a further long range effort from the visitors brought the first half to a close.

Nagano was sent off shortly after the second half began following a clumsy block to reduce the match to ten versus ten. Adeyeah then went narrowly wide following a slick pass from Lindemann. Army countered with a diving header going wide as they pushed for an equalizer.

Hassan Sunny then pulled off a first class save from a short range header and then Army went close at the other end as the momentum swung one way then another. An unlikely own goal was saved by the host’s keeper as the Army continued to press forward.

Another workmanlike performance with victory just deserved. Army were allowed a number of chances and might have considered that a point apiece may have been a fair result.
Nonetheless, a further three valuable points gained and the promise of movement up the table seems viable.
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Post by: thaiwolf on June 23, 2016, 05:26:25 PM
NRFC  visit the SCG stadium on Saturday 25th June (KO 8.00 pm) to take on the mighty Muangthong United. MT are currently top of the league.
A fourth win on the trot for the improving Swatcats? I suspect not!!!
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Post by: thaiwolf on June 26, 2016, 06:46:42 AM
Dateline 25th June 2016

 Muangthong United 4 NRFC 1

Top of the league Muangthong took on the resurgent Swatcats at the SCG Stadium. The visitors hoping to continue their positive run of results, the hosts hoping to maintain their “top of the pile” status.
This fixture is a repeat of the season opener in which MT snatched a 1-0 victory.

As the game commenced, the visitors weathered the early expected pressure with Muangthong unable to make their early chances pay. Some desperate defending and mediocre finishing kept the Swatcat’s goal line intact. 72% possession in the first 30 minutes of play by the hosts indicated the dominance of the league leaders.

In the 32nd minute a deflected shot eluded the keeper to give the hosts a deserved lead. Then there followed a further period of constant pressure by the hosts, but on 44 minutes Tagbajumi broke through the middle and slid in an unexpected equalizer - a fine solo effort.

On the stroke of half time the home team regained the lead with a close range shot following a corner.

At half time, at 2-1 the Swatcats were still in the game but clearly playing second fiddle to a talented Muangthong outfit.

The second half quickly saw a fine save from a long range shot by the visitor’s keeper. NRFC countered with a fine effort from a confident Tagbajumi, tipped over by the home keeper.

Muangthong went further ahead with a short range tap in on 54 minutes after a fine break down the left flank. Minutes later the “on fire” Tagbajumi had a goal disallowed for offside after fine work from Chivuta and Lindemann.

MT continued to exert pressure, again dominating possession and producing a couple of decent chances in the process. The Swatcats countered sporadically with Lindemann looking classy in midfield at times but really there was only one team in this contest.
 Muangthong added a fourth goal on 82 minutes to give the score a rather flattering look. A late free kick by Muangthong rattled the bar as they closed out a rather comfortable evening’s work at the SCG Stadium.

Clearly outclassed but not disgraced by the season’s top PLT team. Good spirit and resolute defending kept the score line semi respectable. On balance another pretty solid performance but with no reward – further evidence I believe of the team’s ability to escape relegation.
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Post by: thaiwolf on June 26, 2016, 06:47:21 AM
After the tough challenge of Muangthong United, the Swatcats now have two winnable games coming up. On Wednesday 29th June, they welcome fellow strugglers Chainat Hornbills (KO 7.00 pm) and then on 2nd July they visit BEC Tero (KO 7.00 pm).
Six points should be the aim and on current form, an achievable target.
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Post by: thaiwolf on June 30, 2016, 12:37:27 PM
NRFC 1 Chainat Hornbills 0

An important battle at the 80th Anniversary Stadium tonight as both teams sought to ease their respective relegation fears. As the second leg commences, a real mid season “6 pointer”.

An encouraging 8000 fans welcomed the two teams. Early sparring led to few real chances but with the hosts playing with more resolve. In a rare foray forward by Chainat, a defender’s clearance bounced luckily off the bar to save an embarrassing own goal.
Lindemann, Adeyeah and Tagbajumi continued to link well and in the 27th minute, the game burst into life when Tagbajumi went close with a diving header after good work from Adeyeah. The Swatcats continued to press, looking dangerous up front and in the 45th minute Nagano went close with a header after a Tagbajumi flick.

The half came to a close with neither side able to break the deadlock but with the Swatcats “bossing” the game.

Chainat began the second half with a flourish with a snap shot well saved. The hosts then continued to press with a Tagbajumi shot on the turn inches wide.
In the 60th minute Lindemann broke the deadlock when he cut in from the flank and unleashed a thunderbolt from the edge of the box to put the home team ahead – candidate for goal of the season perhaps?

In the 66th minute the hosts struck the post after some good work from Tagbajumi. Adeyeah then fired over from 12 yards as they strived to increase their lead. A weak header in the 80th minute apart, Chainat offered little as the hosts battled for a second goal.

Another strong performance against a weak Chainat team - and another stride towards safety.

A couple of observations - Chivuta is now not a regular starter, maybe because of tiredness or injury Noah is being used sparingly and the team are getting used to coping without him (dare I say playing better without him!!!). Bjorn Lindemann has been playing out of his skin – he seems newly motivated. Adeyeah and Tagbajumi are becoming increasingly effective up front – and I think there is more to come. Adeyeah in particular is putting in real shifts, tackling back and dropping deep to help in defence.

All in all this is a different team to that which played in the early season games – well motivated, better shape on the pitch and playing together as a team. All this must be attributed to Milos Joksic and I commend him for his efforts - all we need now is for the fans to start streaming back!!
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Post by: thaiwolf on July 02, 2016, 09:01:17 PM
Dateline 2nd July 2016

 BEC Tero Sasana 2 NRFC 1

The Swatcats entered the Fire Dragon’s den in a bid to continue their recent vein of good form.

The visitors started with Prompong and Adiyiah up front. The game began with both teams probing cautiously but unable to produce much. In the 11th minute, a wonderful long ball from Adiyiah found Prompong completely unmarked in the box but he miss hit his shot and it went wide. Adiyiah then drew a decent save from the keeper with a 12 yard drive.
The Swatcats were now beginning to seize the initiative with some decent forward play and in the 16th minute an Athibordee shot was tipped over the bar by the keeper. Tero countered with a shot well blocked by the Swatcat defence.

In the 24th minute a Lindemann drive was well saved after a well executed break from the visitors. Then slightly against the run of play Tero went ahead in the 29th minute with a smart half volley. Minutes later they went close with a header and in two minutes of madness the Swatcats conceded again in the 31st minute to go two down.

The first half drew to a close with the Swatcat team wondering “How in hell’s name are we two down in this one?”

The Swatcats opened brightly in the second half with a flurry of chances, the newly introduced Tagbajumi looking lively at times. A wonder shot from Linemann from a full 30 yards brushed the bar in the 52nd minute as the visitors strived to half the deficit. More pressure led to defensive panic as Tagbajumi fired in from close range. Surely a goal must come soon.

In the 66th minute a glancing header was saved bravely by the host’s keeper as the Swatcats continued to press. As a result of this action the injured keeper was substituted. 
At the other end Tero missed a simple chance then on the break they were thwarted by the advancing keeper.

In the 84th minute Tagbajumi scored with an angled shot to give the visitors the sniff of a deserved point. Athibordee was then sent off in the 88th minute for a silly kick out at an opponent.

Another decent and encouraging performance. Quite honestly NRFC outplayed Tero tonight. Points will come if the team continues to play in this fashion. Chances are being produced and the defence is looking pretty solid. There are many reasons to be optimistic for the future.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on July 07, 2016, 08:41:13 AM
The Swatcats visit the Leo Stadium on Saturday 9th July (KO 8.00 pm) to take on the impressive Bangkok Glass. This will be a challenging evening for the men from Korat and they will be hoping to “Rodger the Rabbits” and perhaps grab an unlikely point in the nation’s capital.
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Post by: thaiwolf on July 10, 2016, 08:49:00 AM
Dateline 9th July 2016

 Bangkok Glass 2 NRFC 1

The Swatcats were the guests at the Leo Stadium tonight, hoping to sneak a point to ease their still lingering relegation fears.

Both sides started brightly with the Glass Rabbits getting the first shot on target in the 5th minute, they then went close again with an effort well defended. The Swatcats continued to battle gamely with Tagbajumi looking dangerous.

A 20 yard drive from an unmarked Bangkok Glass attacker struck the bar in the 15th minute then an angled drive was struck wide as the home team pushed forward. The men in green certainly looked the more polished side in the opening 25 minutes.

With pressure building a long range shot went wide as the hosts strived to open the scoring. The men from Korat were holding on but a home goal seemed inevitable as the half progressed.
In a rare break Lindemann shot wide after good work from Tagbajumi on the flank.

A well struck 25 yard free kick gave the hosts the lead in the 37th minute – a deserved lead in my opinion with the hosts claiming 59% of possession thus far. The Swatcats struck back with a well worked move ending with a Lindemann drive being blocked. From the resulting corner Lindemann struck the bar from 20 yards and seconds later the German blasted in from 16 yards to draw the visitors level.

The second half started with a Lindemann break ending with his shot being well saved as the Swatcats tried to gain a foothold in the game. Bangkok Glass continued to look dangerous up front and they went close from 5 yards in the 54th minute, Nagano then brilliantly blocked a shot in the 71st minute as the hosts again pressed forward.

Noah Chivuta was introduced in the 74th minute with the Swatcats attempting to hang on to their hard earned point. In the 84th minute Swatcat’s hearts were broken when a close range header gave the hosts the lead.
In a late rally by NRFC, a Bangkok Glass defender hits his own bar with a panic clearance and a flurry of chances by the visitors threatened the host’s lead.

Whilst under pressure for large portions of the game, the Swatcats played the ball around effectively at times and will certainly cause problems for lesser teams than Bangkok Glass. I still remain optimistic for the rest of the season. No Noah Chivuta start again tonight and it seems that he is slipping out of contention for a regular berth in the side. It is obvious in my mind that Milos Joksic has turned this team around. Although on paper results do not seem to be too impressive, the performances are most definitely better. The team is breaking forward far more effectively and everyone in the team is closing down opponents impressively in all areas of the field.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on July 13, 2016, 08:06:46 AM
The Swatcats welcome lower league side Nara United to the 80th Anniversary Stadium tonight ( 13th July KO 7.00pm) in the next round of the Thai F A Cup. I am expecting a victory.
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Post by: thaiwolf on July 14, 2016, 07:56:59 AM
The Swatcats progressed to the last 16 in the Thai F A Cup last night, defeating Nara United 2-0.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on July 14, 2016, 07:58:32 AM
Ratchaburi are the opponents at the 80th Anniversary Stadium this weekend (Saturday 16th July KO 6.00pm). Ratchaburi, now without the influential Heberty, will provide a stern challenge for the home team.
The Swatcats really need at least a point from this encounter after 2 consecutive league away defeats.
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Post by: thaiwolf on July 17, 2016, 08:33:38 AM
Dateline 16th July 2016

 NRFC 1 Ratchaburi 0

Ratchaburi were the visitors tonight as the Swatcats attempted to seal a victory after two consecutive losses.

On a damp evening, in front of 7 000 fans, the hosts began brightly with Lindemann finding lots of space in midfield. A couple of half chances were created as the the Swatcats pressed. In the 19th minute Lindemann almost sneaked a free kick past the keeper at the near post but that chance aside neither team was looking particularly dangerous – one real shot on target all half by my reckoning.

Pretty much not a first half to last long in the memory with NRFC having slightly the better shape and ambition. I’m afraid to say that it’s halves like this that leads to poor attendances at TPL games!!

Ratchaburi went close with an 18 yard drive in the first minute of the second half then the hosts countered immediately with a close range chance going wide. Adiyiah then got a decent shot on target as the Swatcats pressed. Showing great resolve the hosts surged forward with Lindemann again on target.

In the 59th minute a magnificent strike from 20 yards by Chanatphol broke the deadlock – a deserved reward after some early second half pressure. Minutes late Ratchaburi struck the left hand upright with an 18 yard half volley.
The hosts were now playing some attractive quick passing football and the visitor’s keeper made a great save from an angled drive in the 73rd minute.

A 25 yard free kick was well saved by the home keeper in the 82nd minute in what was one of few chances produced by Ratchaburi

A disappointing first half was followed by a much improved performance in the second half. Not a classic by any stretch of the imagination but the team fought well and deserved their victory against an ordinary looking Ratchaburi outfit.
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Post by: thaiwolf on July 18, 2016, 07:53:25 AM
Some stats and facts since Milos Joksic took over:

•   Pattaya -  home win
•   Osotspa -  away win
•   Army-  home win
•   Muang Thong - away defeat
•   Chainat -  home win
•   BEC Tero - away defeat
•   Bangkok Glass - away defeat
•   Ratchaburi -  home win

4 home wins on the bounce
2 of our 3 defeats against top 3 teams
1 vital away win
Only real disappointment was defeat to Tero
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on July 18, 2016, 07:56:58 AM
The next two games offer the Swatcats the opportunity of gaining 6 points to hoist them up the table. On Wednesday 20th July (K O 7.00 pm) they face a currently struggling Chonburi Sharks at the Municipal Stadium and then they take on mid table Si  Saket at the 80th Anniversary Stadium on Sunday 24th July (K O 6.00 pm).
On recent form both these games could yield 3 points and might offer the chance to finally shrug off any relegation fears – let’s go!!
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Post by: thaiwolf on July 21, 2016, 08:17:07 AM
Dateline 20th July 2016

Chonburi Sharks 1 NRFC 1

The Swatcats dipped their paws into Shark infested waters tonight in an attempt to continue their encouraging recent run.

The match began with the Sharks probing but being comfortably contained by the visitors. The first real incident of interest was a drive by the hosts from 18 yards, smartly saved by the Swatcat’s keeper.
As the half progressed the Swatcats offered little up front as the home team pressed – in truth neither side showed much potency going forward.

In the 28th minute after some good footwork, Tagbajumi struck the upright with an 8 yard shot on the turn – a rare moment of drama in the match so far.

On the cusp of half time a fine 20 yard drive from the Sharks struck the post then Tagbajumi broke through the middle, the move ending with a tame lob over from Adiyiah.
A torrid end to a rather sterile first half in which neither side was able to break the deadlock.

In the first minute of the second half Prince rose to head in to give the home team the lead. The goal spurred the Swatcats into a brief period of pressure culminating in a Tagbajumi equalizer in the 54th minute after the forward fought off a series of challenges.

Adiyiah went close with a header after some good work down the flank by Lindemann in the 62nd minute, the Sharks countered immediately with a speculative header. The Sharks went close with a diving header in the 69th minute and again in the 81st minute with a drive going narrowly wide as they pressed for a late winner. Prompong, on as substitute, missed a sitter in the 90th minute as he fluffed his shot from 6 yards, blowing any chance of an unlikely 3 points.

A much better second half showing, although not one of our best overall match performances. The players fought well – as we have become accustomed to under Milos Joksic and we looked confident but the forwards lacked consistent service. Our recent encouraging performances have relied heavily on Bjorn Lindemann and he was slightly off the pace tonight. A good away point however and continuing encouraging signs from the team.
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Post by: thaiwolf on July 25, 2016, 11:08:39 AM
Dateline 24th July 2016

 NRFC 1 Si Saket 1

Fellow Isaan side Si Saket were the visitors tonight. The Koupreys hoping to preserve their position of safety in mid table, the hosts hoping to pull away from the relegation trapdoor.

On a damp evening, the hosts began brightly with a Tagbajumi lob going close. A period of Swatcat pressure developed with 2 or 3 half chances created but Si Saket looked pacey and dangerous on the break at times.
16 minutes into the game and an Adiyiah header tested the visitor’s keeper, then an 18 yard drive went over the bar after some good work from Lindemann.

On 22 minutes the hosts spurned a great chance to go one up when a close range chance was poked just wide. As the half drew to a close a late flourish by the Koupreys presented them with a couple of rare chances.
In a half of almost constant pressure from the home team they might consider themselves unlucky not to be ahead at half time.

The second half began with the hosts again on the front foot and in the 51st minute a Lindemann cross shot was parried by the keeper into the path of substitute Prompong. He was unable to make clean contact and his shot from 3 yards went wide. The home team continued to dominate possession and several half chances were created as they strived for a deserved lead.

In the 63rd minute a drive from Adiyiah went narrowly wide – surely a goal must come soon and with Si Saket producing little up front, surely a winning goal!!

With Lindemann now bossing midfield and Tagbajumi “putting himself around a bit” up front the hosts were looking increasingly dangerous and in the 72nd minute Athibordee whacked his shot against the upright after a poor clearance from the visitor’s keeper. A minute later a well directed header from Tagbajumi, after a fine cross, was superbly saved by the keeper.
NRFC were now well in charge of the match and with Si Saket reeling, the chances continued to come with Bjorn Lindemann featuring extensively in most attacks.
 
Shock horror in the 81st minute the May T was adjudged to have held back the Si Saket forward and a penalty was awarded with May T dismissed for a second yellow. The penalty was dispatched to give The Koupreys an unlikely lead.
The Swatcats fought back and Adiyiah went close twice in as many minutes and in the 90th minute a 25 yard Lindemann free kick thundered against the crossbar.
In added time, justice was finally done when Dominic Adiyiah slotted home after a fine solo run and one two in the box.

This definitely should have been a deserved home win. Our last two games have yielded 2 points whereas I feel 6 should have been the target. Two valuable points given our position in the table but if our aspirations are “top 10”, to quote Joksic, we must learn to convert draws into wins.
A decent performance tonight - we played some good football at times and effort levels and motivation seemed first rate. Goals still seem hard to come by – not sure why.
The Tagbajumi/Adiyiah partnership is still developing and is definitely worth persevering with – with better service I think this duo up front will blossom.
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Post by: thaiwolf on August 02, 2016, 07:56:30 AM
Dateline 30th July 2016

 Sukhothai FC 1 NRFC 0

The Swatcats took on the newly promoted Firebats at the Thung Thalay Luang Stadium tonight. On a rain drenched pitch in front of an enthusiastic home following, the Firebats pressed forward with some attractive passing movements with Baggio frequently prominent.

Early doors one imagined that the visitors would have a lot of defending to do tonight. The Swatcat’s offensive moves were sparse but in the 10th minute, a swiveling snap shot from 8 yards went just wide.
The Swatcats gradually dragged themselves into contention with another simple chance squandered by Tagbajumi and some useful and encouraging raids forward.

In the 30th minute after some schoolboy soccer antics by the visitor’s keeper, the ball was stroked into an empty net to give Sukhothai a lead they barely deserved. Minutes later an ugly challenge from a defender prevented Biremi from breaking. There then followed a disgraceful interlude with Biremi attacking the Swatcat player – other players inevitably piled in to give the officials a tough job to clear up – my view was that our man was lucky to be still on the pitch.
NRFC countered with Tagbajumi going close in the 40th minute and as the half drew to a close, my view was that The Swatcats were the better side and unlucky to be one down.

With the waterlogged pitch making it increasingly difficult for good, passing football to be played, the visitors opened the second half brightly and confidently with a deflected shot going wide. Tagbajumi then rose like a salmon in the spring to head just over from a well flighted corner.

Minutes later Prompong fluffed a header from 5 yards after a fine passing move. He claimed that a defender’s hand had deflected the ball and in a rather bizarre situation a Swatcat substitute was shown a red card after some “argy bargy” and I’m guessing abusive language, towards the assistant ref. The behaviour of some of the Swatcat players was not acceptable and in my mind pretty disgraceful – show some respect for the officials please boys!!

Back to the football and again the visitors showed the greater resolve going forward with a series of attacking moves. Sukhothai were looking pretty ordinary early in the half and their rare, lame attacks were dealt with effectively by the Swatcat defence.
In the 65th minute Tagbajumi again rose well but his header was inches over the bar. Minutes later a Lindemann free kick went wide. Lindemann again went close seconds later with a drive well saved after some fine work from Tagbajumi.

Biremi spurned a rare chance in the 80th minute as the Swatcats continued to press and in the 84th minute, a Lindemann free kick appeared to be carried over the goal line by the keeper – the officials thought otherwise and this phantom goal was disallowed!!
In a late, late show Baggio drew a fine save from the Swatcat keeper with a swerving drive as the game drew to a close

A slightly fortuitous victory for Sukhothai tonight. At risk of repeating myself, another decent performance from the Swatcats. This team should be higher up the table but with matches running out, relegation still threatens. I still cannot believe that NRFC will be relegated, but with Chainat’s victory tonight they are still “in the mix” for the dreaded trapdoor positions. Next weekend’s game against Navy will be a vital one to win.

Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on August 02, 2016, 08:40:43 AM
The Swatcats take on Ratchaburi (away) in the third round of the Chang FA Cup on Wednesday 3rd August (KO 7.00 pm). Given their current league situation, a defeat might be the best result so that they can concentrate on avoiding relegation.
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Post by: thaiwolf on August 04, 2016, 08:15:55 AM
Chang FA Cup 3rd August

Ratchaburi Mitr Phol FC 2 NRFC 1

The Swatcats failed to progress to the next round of the Chang FA Cup.

The visitors opened the scoring in the 7th minute with a decisive 16 yard drive from Chakrit. They then absorbed an inevitable and intense period of pressure from the Dragons.

Adiyiah went close with an angled drive in the 36th minute in a rare Swatcat first half foray as the Swatcats held on to their lead.

As the first half drew to a close, it’s hard to imagine that the Swatcats can hold out for a further 45 minutes of pressure but perhaps Ratchaburi may leave gaps at the back as they strive for an equalizer.

The second half began with Ratchaburi again on the front foot but with the Swatcats looking dangerous on rare breaks. Chakrit missed a chance after fine work from Adiyiah in the 62nd minute but the host’s pressure was relentless. The Swatcats defended stubbornly but surely a home goal must come. A host of chances were wasted as the Dragons pressed forward.

With the home side running out of ideas – and time, an equalizer was poked in off the post in the 77th minute. With both teams now seemingly content to play for extra time, the game drifted to finish 1-1 after 90 minutes.

My view is that, at this point, the only hope of victory for the Swatcats will be to hold out for penalties.
In the 2nd minute of extra time Ratchaburi were awarded a penalty which was converted to give the hosts the lead. In the 112th minute the Swatcats spurned a great chance to equalize as they themselves pressed to force the game into penalties. Minutes later Pratan was sent off for an ugly and brutal challenge from behind.

Lindemann went close in the 117th minute but time was running out as Ratchaburi held out for a hard fought win.

Fielding an under strength team tonight (no Lindemann, Pralong, Nagano or Tagbajumi in the starting lineup) this was a competent defensive performance against a determined Ratchaburi outfit. Given their pressure throughout the game a deserved victory for the home team despite a stubborn rear guard fight from the visitors.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on August 04, 2016, 08:26:31 AM
At a pivotal stage of the 2016 season, the Swatcats take on fellow strugglers Navy FC at the 80th Anniversary Stadium this weekend, Sunday 7th August (KO 6.00 pm). Whilst not exactly a must win game, 3 points would certainly help to hoist them further away from the relegation trapdoor.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on August 08, 2016, 11:04:15 AM
Dateline 7th August 2016

 NRFC 2 Navy FC 1

Navy provided the opposition at the 80th Anniversary Stadium in this “6 pointer” relegation battle. The future of either team in the TPL could be decided by this vital fixture.

In early exchanges Navy looked bright on the break but with Lindemann probing, the home team had more of the play.
In the 7th minute Tagbajumi struck the upright with a swiveling 15 yard shot as the home team pressed and minutes later after a superb run and cross from Lindeman, Adiyiah forced a fine save from the visitor’s keeper.
As the first half drew to a close Chanatphol went close with a curling shot from outside the box then seconds later the home team went close twice with the Navy defence in tatters with the keeper again doing well to keep out Lindemann’s drive.
In a final first half flurry Sawandee Pralong attempted a long range drive which went narrowly wide. At the other end Adiyiah was lucky to stay on the pitch after TV replays showed him striking a Navy player in the face. This incident could have been disastrous because had the official seen the offence, he would have been forced to award a penalty.

The Swatcats produced many chances in the first half with the midfield buzzing and producing some smooth and effective moves but the defence looked loose at times with Nagano missing, presumed injured. The home team’s approach play continued to impress but that final ball into the danger areas was proving hard to find as Navy packed their defence.

The second half began with the Swatcats again on the front foot with continuous pressure and in the 63rd minute a superb Chanatphol free kick was well saved by the keeper.

In the 59th minute a Navy defender wrestled Chanatphol to the ground and a penalty was awarded. Lindemann converted to give the Swatcats a deserved lead.
The Swatcat defence was coping well with occasional Navy breaks but in the 64th minute a snap shot from the visitors rattled the bar – a real wake up call for the home side. Navy now sniffing an unlikely point and now having to attack went close again in the 65th minute.

The men in orange regained their composure and Adiyiah went close, then in the 80th minute a sweet move involving Adiyiah and Tagbajumi ended with a goal from Chakrit, driven high into the net from 10 yards.
Navy ensured a tense last few minutes when they scored in the 82nd minute with a diving header but the Swatcats survived to earn themselves the three points despite losing Chalermpong after a red card for a hefty challenge on a breaking attacker.

Another very encouraging performance and a vital 3 points for the Swatcats – a special mention at this point for Pralong and Lindemann both of whose recent form has been outstanding.
 With this victory they have leapfrogged Army and Navy and now have Pattaya and Si Saket firmly in their sights. There is NO WAY that this team will be relegated given recent performances. Another encouraging sign is that the fans are drifting back – the attendance tonight looked to be around 8-9 thousand.

With some tough fixtures ahead but with confidence high the next month is going to be interesting. Chang Rai, Bangkok United, Suphanburi and Buriram fixtures loom. I can see no 3 pointers there but if the team can grab a couple of points, we should stay clear of the bottom 5.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on August 08, 2016, 11:04:54 AM
This may be contentious I know but I would venture to say that the current performances are BETTER than in most of the games played last season. Our shape is generally better and we have made fuller use of players in the squad. Milos Joksic has got the players on his side and team spirit and confidence seem high. If (when) we survive this season, I think that we can be pretty optimistic about our chances next year – and maybe 20 000 plus attendances!!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on August 08, 2016, 12:50:24 PM
8 games to go – my predictions. How important are those last 4 games?

Chang Rai (a) ------------------0 points
Bangkok United (h)-----------0 points
Suphanburi (a)-----------------1 point
Buriram (h)---------------------0 points
Pattaya (a)----------------------1 point
Osotspa (h)---------------------3 points
Army (a)  -----------------------3 points
BBCU (h)------------------------3 points         
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on August 10, 2016, 08:26:22 AM
The Swatcats journey north to take on Chang Rai United this weekend (KO 6.00 pm Sunday 14th August). To achieve anything from this tough encounter would be a bonus.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on August 15, 2016, 07:58:33 AM
Dateline 14th August 2016

 Chang Rai United 1 NRFC 2

 An in form NRFC took on the fancied Chang Rai tonight hoping to haul themselves further clear of the bottom three.

On a damp evening the visitors opened brightly with Tagbajumi, then Lindemann going close in the opening minutes. Chang Rai countered with a shot narrowly wide. The Swatcats were more than holding their own in the first 20 minutes, counter attacking effectively and keeping the home defence on its toes.

In the 21st minute, Tagbajumi was incorrectly adjudged to be offside as he chipped the ball into the net. Literally seconds later, he was again on the wrong end of an incorrect offside decision as his drive was saved by the keeper.

At this point, 25 minutes into the match, Chang Rai’s attacks were looking ponderous and on balance, the visitors were on top with Lindemann and Tagbajumi looking dangerous. The Swatcat’s attacks were getting more frequent with a Lindemann drive being deflected wide and an Adiyiah flick going close.
Chang Rai went close in the 37th minute with a 12 yard drive but this was an isolated real chance for the men in orange and black.

A very encouraging first half performance with the Swatcats producing most of the chances and dominating for long periods of play.

The second half kicked off with my thought that we have been in this situation a few times this season and have conceded second half goals – can we hold out?

Lindemann had a great chance to break the deadlock in the 50th minute as he broke through the defence but he stumbled and was unable to get his shot in. Chang Rai were then unlucky in the 56th minute when they had a flurry of shots with the final effort flying over the bar.
The home team was beginning to get a foothold in the game and they were now exerting a certain amount of pressure on the Swatcat’s defence.

In the 62nd minute Tagbajumi was released superbly by a through ball and he stroked the ball neatly into the net to give the visitors a deserved lead.
The home team equalized with a scrappy goal following a free kick in the 70th minute but seconds later, following the restart a long clearance found Tagbajumi who blasted the ball into the net to restore the lead.
In a period of frenetic action Lindemann went close as the visitors pressed, Chang Rai then struck the foot of the post as both teams battled for supremacy.
Tagbajumi was dismissed for a second yellow in the 75th minute as the action became more intense.

With both sides tiring in the heavy conditions the game became a slugging match with neither side willing to concede – becoming a real test of character for both sides.

A Chang Rai header from a corner went just over, then a looping shot went wide as the home team searched for an equalizer in the closing minutes. The Swatcats were now playing deep and inviting the Chang Rai attack to press forward – a mistake in my opinion – one that I hope is not punished!!

The Swatcats held on for a vital and famous victory to hoist themselves well clear of the relegation zone.

The team is playing well and producing some good football. Tonight was a real test of character and a tremendous 3 points. With Chainat, Army and Navy all losing this weekend and our last 4 games all winnable against fellow strugglers I now feel confident that relegation will be averted.
Well done to the team and in particular coach Joksic!!!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on August 17, 2016, 01:54:43 PM
NRFC welcome second in the table Bangkok United to the 80th Anniversary Stadium this weekend (KO 7.00 pm, Saturday 20th August – note change of date from Sunday 21st in order to give the Thai national team an extra day for preparation).
A tough test for the in form Swatcat squad.
I think goals may be hard to come by against a well coached Angels defence and this coupled with a formidable attacking force from the visitors leads me to believe that a home defeat is on the cards.

Mind you, given my past record on predictions……….Home win!!!!!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on August 21, 2016, 03:36:15 PM
Dateline 20th August 2016

 NRFC 1 Bangkok United 1

NRFC faced a stern test of their credentials as they took on the high flying Bangkok United at the 80th Anniversary Stadium.

The home side started brightly with Tagbajumi shooting over in the 2nd minute then Adiyiah was on target after a fine run. Adiyiah then fired inches wide after a fine passing move.
Bangkok United attacked sporadically but their moves were looking somewhat sterile early on but the signs of class were becoming increasingly apparent as the match progressed – they have a talented squad.

In the 13th minute a fine break, with astute use of the long ball, Tagbajumi made the opposition keeper work with a low drive. The Angel’s goal now seemed under constant danger as Adiyiah again made the opposing keeper work to keep out a drive.

In a goalless first half, the Swatcats demonstrated that they can compete with the best that the TPL has to offer, in some ways they were unlucky not to be ahead.

The second half commenced with Bangkok on the attack but then a dangerous counter attack ended with Lindemann shooting over. With the home team exerting some fine pressure, Bangkok countered with Mario and Jaycee both going close.

In the 56th minute the deadlock was broken when Chakrit drove home from 10 yards, then in the 61st minute on the break, with 3 attackers faced by one defender, the Swatcats spurned a great chance to put the game to bed with a poor cross ending the move. Chakrit then went close with a fine low drive.
On 65 minutes Mario hit a far post shot that was smothered by the home keeper, Korat then defended as series of crosses with Bangkok looking increasingly dangerous.

The Swatcats then began to sit back - too deep in my opinion and allowed intense pressure from the title contenders. This was going to be a testing 20 plus minutes as the visitors swarmed forward hoping to keep their title hopes alive.
In the 76th minute Lindemann conceded a foul just outside the box and from the resulting free kick, Boscovic struck the bar with an excellent dipping drive - game on!! Minutes later a Jaycee header was cleared off the line with the Swatcat’s defence looking slightly panicky.

Prompong, on as a substitute, had a great chance to put the Swatcats two up in the 84th minute following a superb through ball from Chivuta, but Bangkok broke immediately and the inevitable happened as Jaycee cleverly back flicked the ball into the net to draw the Angels level.

A fantastic performance in which they matched the skill and endeavour of arguably the best team in the TPL. Great atmosphere at the 80th Anniversary stadium with a decent crowd (14-15 thousand would be my guess) and I feel renewed hope and enthusiasm for the team.
One only wonders what the result would have been had the home team not decided to play so deep in the last 20 minutes – inviting as they did, the visitors to exert massive pressure. No team can hope to hold out a team containing danger men Jaycee, Boscovic and Mario Gjurovski for that amount of time. One only hopes that lessons have been learnt. There is no doubt in my mind that 3 points were thrown away by this tactical error. “Game management” should be on the agenda at the next team meeting!!!

Were it not for the team’s appalling start they would be fighting for 5th or 6th place given their recent form under Joksic. The form table based on the last 6 results puts us fifth – what a remarkable turnaround.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on August 21, 2016, 03:36:59 PM
The TPL now takes a couple of weeks break to accommodate the Thai National Team’s fixtures. Action starts again on the weekend of 10-11th September when the Swatcats have the opportunity to leap frog Suphanburi into the Holy Grail that is 10th place.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on September 01, 2016, 05:40:23 PM
Oh heck!! Bjorn Lindemann announces that the squad has only been paid half salary this month. Could be that the Swatcats are in financial trouble!!!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on September 04, 2016, 10:08:12 AM
The climax to the 2016 TPL season is upon us and a time to look forward – and back to the journey of the team during the year.

With 6 games to go, my feeling is that the team is 100% safe from relegation – relegation that until 2 months ago looked a distinct possibility. The season started badly, with unexpected home defeats, poor performances and dwindling attendances. The team was in crisis – the team lacked spirit and pundits in the know were suggesting that Sugao Kambe’s coaching methods were lacking. As a mere on looking fan, I sensed that the players were lacking motivation and had lost respect for the coach.

The matches and performances lacked any kind of entertainment merit and I was not surprised that the fans voted with their feet – a nearly empty stadium at some of those early home marches was most disconcerting – but at least it was easy to get out of the carpark after the matches!!

The inevitable happened and Kambe was replaced. Milos Joksic, who had brought Pattaya United up into the Premier League, was appointed. He set a target of “top 10” and we all (well I did) cried “No chance!!!”.

What a revelation. An immediate change and some encouraging but not spectacular results. I am no tactician and upon asking some expert friends they could not detect an appreciable change in tactics but there was nonetheless a change. Joksic dropped local hero Noah Chivuta from the starting lineup and Bjorn Lindemann seemed “bjorn again” playing out of his skin match after match. He also made changes at the back and started playing Tagbajumi and Adiyiah together up front.

The squad seemed rejuvenated and a real spirit emerged on the pitch. Results continued to yield points as the team eased away from the bottom three. As I write the team sits in 11th place on the same number of points as 10th place Suphanburi.

So with games against Suphanburi and Buriram United next to test the team’s mettle and then 4 comparatively easy games against teams in the bottom five to conclude the season, a top ten finish does seem, after all a possibility.

So what of the season - well considerable relief if we avoid the drop, pleasure at seeing the improvement in the latter half of the season and optimism for next season – I really do think that the team are playing better now than they did last season.

A topsi-turvy season for sure keeping us all on tenterhooks for large parts…but hopefully with a happy ending.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on September 06, 2016, 01:33:36 PM
Just a reminder that the TPL recommences this weekend. The Swatcats travel to Suphanburi (KO 6.00pm Saturday 10th Sept) hoping to gain a victory that would elevate them to a comfortable 10th place in the league.
Suphanburi have been struggling this season and thus I feel that there is a real chance of a point or even a victory for the visitors.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on September 11, 2016, 08:16:10 AM
Dateline 10th September 2016

 Suphanburi 3 NRFC 1

10th plays 11th as in form NRFC take on the underachieving War Elephants in this weekend’s fixture. Suphan finished an excellent 3rd in the TPL last year but this season they have struggled to string together a decent run of results.

The visitors opened confidently, dominating possession but the home team manufactured 2 decent chances on the break in the 15th and 16th minutes. In the 22nd minute Lindemann, on his old stamping ground, broke thought the Suphan defence and his low drive was well saved by the keeper.

In the 32nd minute after a fine break down the right flank Tagbajumi headed just wide and in a half of few real chances, a real opportunity to break the deadlock. Suphan then rallied and Chappuis went close from 10 yards on the cusp of half time.

A competent and well controlled first half performance with some decent build up play in midfield.

The second half began with a bang with a Darko Tasevski shot that thundered off the angle of the upright and the crossbar – the goal frame may still be shuddering!!!

In the 54th minute Suphanburi went ahead with a well worked glancing header. The Swatcats then pressed forward searching for the elusive equalizer but with little effect - in fact Suphanburi looked the more dangerous of the two sides and in the 67th minute the home side went two up with an unchallenged tap in from a corner. Lindemann immediately countered with a fine drive but it now looked all over for the visitors.

In the 82nd minute after the ball was needlessly given away just outside the box the ball was slotted home to put the home side three up. Minutes later the Swatcats had a chance cleared off the line and from the resulting clearance, Pralong Sawandee clouted the ball into the net from 25 yards to give the score a more reasonable appearance.
In the 92nd minute the Swatcats were awarded a very dubious penalty decision. Lindemann drove the penalty way over the bar – perhaps justice was done!!!

The team looked and performed like a decent team tonight and the spirit seemed good despite recent rumours of player’s salaries not being paid. Chances however were as usual at a premium despite decent build up at times – we are by no means a free scoring side!!
Defensive lapses in the second half cost us the points but full marks to Suphanburi for a deserved home win.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on September 14, 2016, 02:03:50 PM
It’s the BIG one this weekend as the Swatcats welcome a stuttering Buriram side to the 80th Anniversary Stadium (KO Saturday,17th September 7.00 pm). After the debacle of last year’s overselling of tickets (which resulted in an all time record TPL attendance figure) one wonders what the attendance will be this time round.
I expect a tough match and would be more than happy with a point. With the Swatcats in 11th place but only 4 points above the relegation spots, a point would be most welcome.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on September 18, 2016, 10:29:17 AM
Dateline 17th September 2016

 NRFC 2 Buriram United 0

The “Big Dawgs” of Isaan clashed tonight seeking the temporary bragging rights of the region.

In front of a feisty crowd of 22 000 fans (nice to see the stadium almost full to capacity), the Swatcats went immediately on the attack with Bjorn Lindemann hitting the woodwork with a thumping header from a well flighted corner in the first minute. Tunez then went close with a close range flick as the match immediately burst into life.

In the 6th minute a quick counter attack ended when Lindemann drew a fine save from the visitor’s keeper – can this tempo last for the remaining 84 minutes!!

The game settled into a midfield battle with both sides jostling for dominance with Buriram looking more polished but being more than matched for endeavour by the home team. Diogo in particular looked real class.

On 21 minutes a free kick on the flank from Lindemann again brought the opposition keeper into action – Bjorn really is on fire at the moment!!! Minutes later Chanatphon went close with a 20 yard free kick.
After a quickly taken free kick, a cross was launched into the box and found Tagbajumi who bravely headed into the net to give the Swatcats a 30th minute lead.
Buriram then began to exert pressure with a couple of half chances created and in the 44th minute, in a somewhat harsh decision, a penalty was awarded for a challenge inside the box. The penalty taker spurned the chance to level the game, sending the kick narrowly wide.

As the half drew to a close, on chances alone, the home team was in charge but with Buriram’s pedigree and experience, they were still in the game.

The second half began with the home team probing and Buriram looking largely flat going forward. In the 59th minute the visitors went close with a close range shot going wide. They continued to press and Diogo was unlucky when his shot was deflected wide in the 66th minute. The home team countered and a Lindemann break led to a dangerous cross which was almost converted into a second goal as Chakrit flicked it over the bar.
In a further break by Tagbajumi in the 78th minute, continued with a superb ball into the box from Lindemann, May T failed to convert what would have been a killer goal. The home team continued to flow forward confidently putting the Buriram rearguard under pressure but Buriram broke and hit the right upright with a diving header in the 82nd minute – a close shave for the men in orange!

In a frenetic and emotional finale to the match, Buriram again hit the post but the home team immediately countered and Lindemann provided the “icing on the cake” with a superb solo effort to put the Swatcats two up.

A great contest and a most satisfying result for the men from Korat. The team is continuing to put in decent performances. I have said it before but it bears repeating, the team is playing better under Joksic than they were at any point last season – and we finished 8th.
In terms of TPL dynamics, Buriram are certainly not the force they were and NRFC seem to be in the ascendancy. Tonight the Swatcats proved again that they can compete at the highest level… I think next season they may raise a few people’s eyebrows!!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on September 21, 2016, 08:14:52 AM
The Swatcats embark on their final push for a top ten finish when they take on Pattaya United this weekend (KO  6.00 pm, Sunday 25th September).  They should be looking to increase their points total in this fixture.
Their last 4 games are all against relegation threatened teams so a decent haul of points is a distinct possibility.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on September 26, 2016, 04:14:52 PM
Dateline 25th September 2016

 Pattaya United 4 NRFC 1

The Swatcats rolled into “sin city” searching for points to help achieve a top ten finish and possibly place one of the final nails in the coffin in the Blue Dolphins’ fight for premier league survival.

 The visitors began with a bang with a goal from Pratan in the 3rd minute – a fine, powerful header from a well flighted corner.
The blue dolphins fought back with a series of raids forward, looking effective and particularly dangerous. With the Swatcat defence conceding a series of free kicks, one sensed that this could still be a long night for the men from Korat.

In the 10th minute an angled shot from Pattaya struck the post and minutes later a lob went inches over the visitor’s crossbar.
In the 16th minute a free kick was awarded just outside the box and the kick was expertly converted to equalize the score. The home team continued to probe and looked a decent team going forward. The Swatcats looked jaded and seemed to have no answers as Pattaya pressed.

Pattaya went ahead when a disputed penalty was awarded and converted in the 31st minute - a lead they probably deserved. In the aftermath Lindemann was lucky to stay on the pitch following a head butt on an opponent. Minutes later a rare chance for the Swatcats as a half volley was well saved and from the resulting corner Tagbajumi headed wide.

After conceding yet another free kick, a whipped in cross was headed into the net to give the Blue Dolphins a 3-1 lead as the first half came to a close. In added time Chanatphol was dismissed for a dangerous tackle. All in all a bit of a horror show from the visitors so far.

With the match all but a dead rubber, the Swatcats failed to make the home team feel under any real pressure as the home team searched for a fourth goal and in the 60th minute Pinto, completely unmarked inside the 6 yard box, headed in to complete his hat-trick.

A now demoralized Swatcat team played out the final 30 minutes hoping not to concede again and presumably left to wonder “what went wrong tonight?”

Not too many positives to be taken from this encounter. A stuttering performance with no real cohesion between defence, midfield and attack.  Few real chances were made and the defence looked very shaky throughout. The team was well beaten by a side tipped for relegation by many and the result was a bit of a shock to the many fans that made the long journey to watch the match – in short a reality check for the Swatcat team.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on October 08, 2016, 03:03:05 PM
Apparently, the Swatcats have adopted a new shirt crest for next season. Do you like it?
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on October 14, 2016, 03:59:34 PM
Following the King’s death, the rest of the TPL season will not take place and the two cup competitions will be decided by lottery. This means that Muang thong United will be declared champions and BBCU, Chainat and Army will be relegated. They will be replaced by UMT Ubon United, Thai Honda and Port.

The final standings are therefore:
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on November 11, 2016, 08:42:59 AM
Nakhon Ratchasima FC have signed Kritsada Hemwipat from Sukhothai FC and Eakkanut Kongket from Khon Kaen United.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on January 04, 2017, 12:03:38 PM
The 2017 season kicks of on 11-12th Feb (TBC), so I thought a season's preview would be in order.

I am really looking forward to the 2017 season. I am expecting a bit of a bounce after the national team’s splendid performances in the Suzuki Cup, perhaps with attendances up and expectations high.

As usual at the start of any TPL season there are still unknowns, but here’s hoping for a successful campaign. Top of the pile I expect the usual suspects. My team of the year last season was Bangkok United – I expect them to be fighting for the title this year. Muangthong United, AKA the Thai National team, will be there with them and don’t write off Buriram United – they impressed me in the recent friendly at Korat.

With many teams seemingly cutting back on “expensive players”, Chang Rai and to a lesser extent Sukhothai have been splashing the cash – I admire their ambition but can you simply buy success? Sukhothai had an excellent first season in the top flight, but as my team Nakhon Ratchasima has found, that second season can be a real challenge – especially if the team overachieved in their first season.
I expect Bangkok Glass, Sukhothai and Chang Rai to complete the top six.

I know this is contentious but I firmly believe that the Tero/Udon situation is a great move for the long term sake of the Premier League. Football purists I know will disagree but geographically and demographically the league needs teams that cover the whole of Thailand – come on in Chang Mai and Songkhla and make it quick!!

At the wrong end of the table the three incoming teams will find the going tough together with Super Power, Pattaya and Navy who will all be battling for survival. In the lower echelons Si Saket will be safe.
Disappointment of the 2016 season were Suphanburi and I cannot really see why the coming season will be any different. Ratchaburi will continue to be a solid top eight side and one hopes that Chonburi can get their act together to join them in the top eight. The latter seem to have a crisis of confidence and lack of direction at the present time but I still see a decent finish for the team.

Finally the Swatcats, a strong finish in the last campaign under the stewardship of Milos Joksic leads me to believe that, despite the seeming loss of Tagbajumi, Lindemann and Chivuta, a top ten finish is on the cards. I for one would again just be happy with survival (the league needs a sustainable team from Korat) but I personally am disappointed with the team’s lack of ambition – they need to “kick on” now and fully establish their position at the top table.

I hope that we all enjoy a competitive well fought season, with no dramas or crises. We have all has enough of the shenanigans – let the battles commence!!

Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on January 28, 2017, 10:14:52 AM
Isaan Derby Tournament Update – First day fixtures.

FT Si Saket 1 Nong Bua Pitchaya FC 2

Premier League Si Saket took on the plucky Nong Bua Gamecocks in the opening game of the tournament. An impressive Nong Bua overcame the Premier League outfit with an aggressive display of attacking football, spurning a couple of guilt edged chances on the way to a well deserved victory.

Nong Bua will take on Nakhon Ratchasima in Sunday’s final. I anticipate a strong challenge from the second tier side that played impressively this afternoon.

Attendance; me, a stray dog and 31 others.

FT Nakhon Ratchasima 4 Roi Et United 0

Before a crowd swelling to around 1-2000, the hosts took on the White Squirrels from Roi Et.

The hosts opened the scoring in the 5th minute with Dominic Adiyiah dragging a shot wide of the keeper from 12 yards. Velkoski had a great  chance to put the Swatcats 2 up in the 16th minute when he sent a header wide after a fine cross from Adiyiah.
Chanatphon put the hosts 2 up with a well taken free kick in the 41st minute.

In the 61st minute Chakrit scored the third after a fine flowing break – at this point the difference in class between the two sides was becoming increasingly apparent.

A controversially awarded penalty in the70th minute gave Adiyiah the chance to put the Korat side 4 up but the Roi Et keeper saved the shot. The Swatcats put the icing on the cake with a late 4th goal. A tap in by Sarawut after good work from Adiyiah.

The team looked lively up front with Pina Velkoski and Adiyiah combining well to create many chances. The defence looked sound, although truth be told it was not severely tested tonight.

Nong Bua will provide a greater challenge in the final on sunday.

Attendance 1-2000
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on January 30, 2017, 06:21:20 PM
Isaan Derby Tournament Update – Second day fixtures.

FT 3rd place play off - Si Saket 5 @ Roi Et FC 2

Roi Et played some pretty passing football in midfield at times but they were overpowered comfortably by Premier League outfit Si Saket. Si Saket looked stronger as the game progressed with Roi Et unable to produce much of a threat up front.

Attendance : 500

FT Final – Nakhon Ratchasima FC 5 Nong Bua Pitchaya FC 1

A first half blitz during which Nahkon Ratchasima raced into a 3 nil lead within the first 16 minutes effectively extinguished Nong Bua’s hopes of winning the Isaan Derby trophy.

Make no mistake, Nong Bua are a decent side as shown by their defeat of premier League side  Si Saket in the first round of matches, but they found it difficult to cope with the skill and pace of Dominic Adiyiah who was ably supported by Pina and Velkoski.

Nong Bua opened brightly but were soon swamped by the attacking force of the hosts. Using long and rangy balls down the flanks, the home team opened the scoring in the 6th minute when Nattapong headed in after fine work from Adiyiah. Two minutes later Adiyiah broke though the middle of the park and finished a fine solo effort to make it two nil.
The game was effectively sealed when the Swatcats scored a third in the 16th minute when Eakkanut Kongket lashed home from 8 yards. The Swatcats remained in complete control for the rest of the first half with the Gamecocks unable to mount any real challenge.

The second half began with the home side pressing and in the 49th minute a long ball over the top caught the Nong Bua defence napping and Chakrit slotted home the fourth.

Nong Bua went close with a long range shot in the 55th minute and again in the 58th minute with a header cleverly tipped over the bar by the home keeper but Korat countered with an Adiyiah drive drifting narrowly wide.
Roi Et scored a consolation goal with a penalty kick in the 83rd minute but the hosts countered with a late tap in from Sarawut to seal a well earned victory and lift the inaugural Isaan Derby Cup.

Trying not to be too optimistic and this weekend’s opposition has not been the greatest, but the team looks very fluid and pacy going forward. Adiyiah seems on fire and Pina and Velkoski look very competent.
Although the defence has not experienced much direct pressure, Igbonefo looked rock solid at the back – some good signs for the coming season.

Attendance : 3200

Footnote ;  A most enjoyable festival of football with plenty of goals. How good would this entity be, if next year Buriram and Ubon UMT joined the fun? I hope that this does become an annual event – well done to the club’s administrators
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on February 13, 2017, 08:56:42 AM
************************************** WELCOME TO THE TPL 2017 SEASON************************************************
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on February 13, 2017, 08:57:51 AM
Dateline 12th Feb 2017

 FT Sukhothai 0 NRFC 1

The Swatcats began their 2017 campaign at the home of the Firebats hoping to get their season off to a flying start.

Playing in a fetching sky blue and white kit the visitors opened brightly with Adiyiah testing the home keeper in the 2nd minute with an angled drive. A minute later Adiyiah again drew a fine save from the keeper but was ruled offside.
Midway through the first half, and the Swatcats continued to “rule the roost” with Sukhothai seemingly unable to string passes together - early days but the visitors seemed in charge.

The men from Korat opened the scoring in the 27th minute when Chakrit rifled in an angled drive from 14 metres - Sukhothai look tired - maybe their Chinese exploits in the ACL are catching up with them.

As the first half drew to a close, it was becoming a “one man show” as Adiyiah again went close in the 40th minute - Sukhothai were yet to register a shot on goal.

The second half commenced and I just do not think that Sukhothai could play as badly as they did in the first half. I think this one may be down to how well the Swatcats can keep their concentration.

Bireme went close for the hosts in the 51st minute - their first real chance. They looked a little livelier after half time but the Swatcat players seemed quicker to the ball and more dangerous going forward.
With 20 minutes to go, the hosts were growing in confidence and were getting more of the ball. Although creating no clear chances, they fought themselves back into the game and were putting pressure on the visitor’s goal.

In a rare second half foray, Adiyiah shot wide as the Firebats continued to press. Although under considerable second half pressure the Swatcat defence looked solid with Igbonefo particularly impressive

A bright attacking performance in the first half followed by a strong rearguard action in the second half.  An encouraging start to the season by the Swatcats. The team line up looks balanced and they look impressive going forward. Our new acquisitions look to have settled in effectively and this performance leaves me fairly optimistic for the season ahead.
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Post by: thaiwolf on February 20, 2017, 10:41:54 AM
Dateline 19th Feb 2017 – Match day 2.

 FT NRFC 1 Police Tero 1

The Swatcats welcomed newly formed Police Tero FC in the inaugural home match of the 2017 TPL season. The Fire Dragons started with ex-Swatcat keeper Kampon in goal.

In front of a healthy crowd of 12 250 fans, the home side had the better of the first 30 minutes although Tero played some neat passing football at times. With Adiyiah a constant thorn in their side, Tero withstood early pressure and in what was otherwise an uneventful opening. Only a long range Adiyiah shot in the 15th minute and a fine free kick from Chanatphon set the pulse racing.

Tero did not put a single shot of any substance on target in the first half.

Tero went ahead in the 53rd minute after a needless and clumsy challenge by Igbonefo gave Tero a penalty. After going one down the hosts panicked and resorted to the long ball with little effect. They rarely looked dangerous and indeed Tero went close in the 63rd minute and again in the 79th minute with a shot hitting the bar.

In the 85th minute a bullet header from Adiyiah was saved by the keeper and Igbonefo tapped in the deflection. The goal was disallowed as Adiyiah was correctly adjudged to have been offside.

Well into injury time, the hosts leveled when a Chakrit shot was deflected into the goal. Ironic but pleasing that the  5 minutes added on time led to the goal after Tero’s infuriating time wasting tactics earlier in the game.
With literally seconds to go a quick break by Tero saw a shot slide wide in what would have been an undeserved winner.

A disappointing and frustrating night for the Swatcats although salvaging a point was an obvious bonus. The lack of penetration against Tero’s well organized defence is something to work on. In truth, penalty apart, Tero had few chances but I guess they deserved their point.

Still unbeaten but we must win these home games. 4 points against two decent sides is a fine start to the new campaign and I foresee a fairly successful season ahead.

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Post by: thaiwolf on February 20, 2017, 10:42:59 AM
Match day 2 results and table
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Post by: thaiwolf on February 22, 2017, 07:55:41 AM
The Swatcats go east this weekend to take on the Sharks of Chonburi (KO 1900 hours Sunday 26th Feb – TV coverage Truesports HD2). The Sharks have been experiencing traumatic changes within the club and are certainly not the force they once were. The thus far unbeaten Swatcats will expect to remain unbeaten after this encounter.

Thaiwolf prediction – score draw
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Post by: thaiwolf on February 27, 2017, 01:56:28 PM
Dateline 26th Feb 2017 – Match day 3.

 FT Chonburi Sharks 0 NRFC 0

The Swatcats travelled east to take on the Chonburi Sharks in this weekend’s fixture. The match began with both sides sparring but with little end effect and both defences able to cope with what few half chances were created.
In the 7th minute a flailing Victor Igbonefo was lucky not to concede a penalty with a clumsy challenge just outside the 18 yard box. The resulting free kick struck the bar with the visiting keeper well beaten.

Poor balls in the final third prevented either side from creating real chances and at times the fans were subjected to periods of ping pong soccer with both sides alternately belting it long rather than playing it through midfield.
In the 16th minute Andre Luis tested the keeper with a snap shot and in the 47th minute, a well crafted move resulted in a Dominic Adiyiah drive that was well saved by the home team’s keeper, were rare moments of class in an otherwise dull first half.
A couple of half chances from the Sharks as the half progressed gave them the edge as the first half concluded.

The second half began with attacking moves from both sides again breaking down with poor final balls, but in the 52nd minute Chonburi went close with a looping header after a fine cross. The home team began to exert increasing pressure with the men in orange confined to rare breaks forward.
Despite this pressure, clear cut chances were at a premium as the Swatcats defended doggedly, snuffing out any potential threats. The match petered out in a rather uninspiring way with the match ending in a dull stalemate - a useful point for the visitors but with home advantage, Chonburi will be disappointed with their lack of firepower up front.

A poor spectacle tonight with two teams destined, on their performances tonight, for mid table mediocrity. Neither side provided any real and consistent class up front with both keepers experiencing a relatively quiet night.
A dour and determined performance from the Swatcats, which keeps them unbeaten. Still only two goals from three matches which is a worry but 4 points from our opening two away games is encouraging and if we can maintain a decent home record we should be heading for a mid table finish.
Defensively (only one goal conceded so far and that was a penalty) we look sound, but Victor Igbonefo looked sluggish at times tonight and I think stronger teams will expose his lack of pace.

A mention has to be made about the Swatcat’s support tonight. The away section was sold out and the fans were noisy and relentless in their support of the team - well done to the fans. I feel sure that the players appreciate their support.
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Post by: thaiwolf on February 27, 2017, 01:57:18 PM
Swatcat fans at Chonburi
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Post by: thaiwolf on February 27, 2017, 01:58:13 PM
Match day 3 stats
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Post by: thaiwolf on February 28, 2017, 10:51:21 AM
The Swatcats welcome Pattaya United to the 80th Anniversary stadium on 4th March at 1900 hours (TV coverage True sports 6). A vital fixture for the hosts who will expect to remain unbeaten.

With two very challenging fixtures to follow -  Buriram away and Muang Thong away, 3 points are essential against the “Rockin’ Dolphins”.

Thaiwolf prediction ; home win.
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Post by: thaiwolf on March 05, 2017, 11:48:46 AM
Dateline 4th March 2017 – Match day 4.

 FT NRFC 2 Pattaya United 2

The Swatcats took on the Rockin’ Dolphins from Pattaya at the 80th Anniversary Stadium aiming to keep their unbeaten record intact. The official attendance was stated as 9018 but my observation was that they were considerably more - maybe 14-16 000 at the ground. Maybe a “typo” and in reality there were 19 018 in attendance !!

Pattaya started brightly, being able to breach the hosts defence at will with raids down the flanks. In fact the hosts were lucky not to go one down in the second minute when a crisp cross was not converted. In fact, Pattaya impressed as they dominated the first 20 minutes. The Swatcats meanwhile looked limp and without creative ideas and chances - even half chances were rare.

In the 14th minute Pattaya cut through the hosts defence like a knife through butter as a cross was nodded in by an unmarked Wellington. One has to ask “whose responsibility was it to pick up the tall Wellington?” – Igbonefo one assumes!!!
Pattaya created another clear chance in the 26th minute with a snap shot well saved by the home keeper. The Swatcats continued to “huff and puff” with little reward as the half progressed.

The host’s first real chance came in the 29th minute when good work from Adiyiah set up a shooting chance for Naruphol that was parried by the visitor’s keeper.
 Minutes later Velkoski converted a penalty to draw the Swatcats level. I have watched the replay several times and I still cannot see why the penalty was awarded!!
Adiyiah then went close on the cusp of half time as the hosts began to press.

The second half began with the men from Korat showing greater resolve but they were nearly shocked in the 48th minute when a low shot almost squirmed through the keeper’s hands.

In the 56th minute, their endeavours were rewarded when a superbly fashioned move terminating in a controlled finish from Velkoski gave them the lead – a cracking goal!! He was later denied a potential hat-trick with a poor offside decision going against him.

With the home defence looking unsure at times and an absolute sitter missed by Pattaya in the 70th minute, the inevitable happened when Stojanovic stabbed home in the 77th minute after some shambolic defending by the hosts.

Velkoski missed a golden opportunity in the 80th minute when he shot over when an empty net beckoned – I think even I could have slotted that one in – with my legs tied together!!! A minute later Chakrit spurned another great chance to win it for the Swatcats.

With time running out, tempers boiling and the hosts desperate for the winner, Adiyiah and Lee Won Young were both dismissed for a fracas on the Swatcat goal line. Lee appeared to head butt Adiyiah who responded with a left jab to the face.

Another point gained – and still unbeaten, but it may be perceived as two points needlessly dropped. Another mediocre performance in which the defence looked very vulnerable at times - I’m still having doubts about Igbonefo’s obvious lack of pace. Up front we looked toothless with very little real quality with the final ball in evidence - only 4 chances created all match.


Against a team who most people may suggest will be relegation candidates come the end of the season, the Swatcats were made to look very ordinary. One worries what quality teams will do to this team. My preseason optimism is gradually waning match by match……

…………..Mind you - what do I know; maybe they’ll beat Buriram on Wednesday!!!
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Post by: thaiwolf on March 05, 2017, 11:49:41 AM
Match day 4 stats
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Post by: thaiwolf on March 06, 2017, 08:57:41 AM
Fixtures are now coming in thick and fast before the international break with the second of 3 games within seven days.

The Swatcats enter the Thunder Castle to take on fellow Isaan contenders Buriram United in this midweek match day 5 fixture. (KO 1800 hours wed. 8th March, TV coverage Truevisions TS HD 3 channel 668).
Buriram are no longer the great force of past seasons but will still represent a massive challenge for the visitors.

Thaiwolf prediction ; score draw.
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Post by: thaiwolf on March 06, 2017, 08:58:33 AM
Sunday's results and updated table
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Post by: thaiwolf on March 06, 2017, 08:59:29 AM
Wednesday's full fixture list
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Post by: thaiwolf on March 09, 2017, 08:52:38 AM
Match day 5 result
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Post by: thaiwolf on March 09, 2017, 08:53:34 AM
Dateline 8th March 2017 – Match day 5.

 FT Buriram United 4 NRFC 0

The clash of two of Isaan’s football superpowers took place in the Thunder Castle in this midweek encounter.

The game began with the hosts pressing forward with Diogo looking dangerous. The Swatcat’s defence coped effectively with the early raids forward, lying deep and content to soak up early pressure.

On 16 minutes Coelho nodded in following some slack defending to give Buriram the lead and 3 minutes later the Swatcats went two down when an unmarked Supachok drove home from 10 yards.

With the Swatcats not able to mount a semblance of an attacking move, one is tempted to say already - 20 minutes in - game over.

Buriram continued to dominate with the visitors only able to muster a couple of half hearted long range shots. With the visitor’s defence in total disarray time after time it was ultimately punished as Coelho made it 3-0 with a 12 yard drive.

The second half began, echoing the first half dominance of the home team with the Swatcats again unable to mount any sustained forward play. The continued lack of coverage by defenders inside the box is both worrying and likely to lead to more goals in this one-sided encounter.

In a rare foray forward Akekenat poked the ball just wide from 4 yards - the first Swatcat chance of the match in the 66th minute!!!  Velkoski then missed from 2 yards after good work from Athibordee.
A slightly better performance in the second half but I suspect that Buriram had, by this time, taken their foot off the gas.

Late drama in the 76th minute as Chalermpong was dismissed for a cynical challenge on Diogo. Why Diogo was not himself sent off for retaliating with a brutal shove is a complete mystery to me.

In the dying seconds the visitors conceded a penalty that Diogo converted to complete the scoring for Buriram.

Painful to watch and generally a poor performance against an obviously more talented side. Clueless in defence, toothless up front - there’s not much more to say.
I would have liked to have seen more fight and ambition and to sit back from the start is asking for trouble against a side like Buriram. This tactic effectively allowed Buriram to put the game to bed within the first 20 minutes.

Not a disaster but it does signal that we are not capable of competing with the top teams….and Muang Thong to come at the weekend!!!

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Post by: thaiwolf on March 09, 2017, 08:54:56 AM
Match day 5 stats
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Post by: thaiwolf on March 09, 2017, 09:16:34 AM
In their second consecutive challenging away fixture of the week, the Swatcats take on high flying Muang Thong United at the SCG Stadium.
(KO 20.00 hours, 11th March).
I see little hope that the visitors will compete with the Premier League big boys and my only hope is that they can leave Northaburi without a drubbing.

Thaiwolf prediction ; I haven’t got a single prediction right so far, so here goes - away win.
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Post by: thaiwolf on March 13, 2017, 05:40:27 PM
Dateline 11th March 2017 – Match day 6.

 FT Muang Thong United 2 NRFC 0

The Swatcats took on the mighty Kirins at the SCG Stadium with pundits remarking that due to the Swatcat’s sky blue and white change strip, the spectacle looked remarkably like a Manchester derby!!

The opening 20 minutes saw both sides sparring with no clear chances created but the visitors did seem to be showing more forward intent than against Buriram.
In the 20th minute Muang Thong broke the deadlock when Mongkol Tossakai nodded in after some ping pong heading following a corner. The Swatcats countered with a shot testing Keeper Kawin and a brief period of pressure.
The half – a half of few chances, concluded with the Swatcats still in the game following a pretty decent first half performance.

After the break, in the 48th minute, Velkoski came close to equalizing with a well directed header going just over the bar but minutes later, Teerasil Dangda effectively sealed the victory with an acrobatic tap in - this was his 100th TPL goal – a fine achievement.

A rare substitution appearance for Prompong in the 65th minute will, I know, please some Swatcat fan diehards but he rarely had opportunities to influence the game in a meaningful way.

The game meandered to a close with neither side able to trouble each other’s keepers to give the Kirins a well deserved 3 points.

A better performance than against Buriram with the team looking better organized in defence and showing more ambition going forward.
So 6 games in and heading for the International break, the Swatcats find themselves languishing just above the relegation spots. The position may not, in fact, be as bad as it seems. Of our six games played four have been away fixtures - with two of those away games against top 4 opposition.
Our form however has been mediocre thus far and one can only hope that it is because it is taking time for the new players to settle in.
Early days I know but I feel that we may be in for a tough season. I cannot see too many teams weaker than the Swatcats in a strengthening Top Tier hierarchy.
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Post by: thaiwolf on March 13, 2017, 05:41:55 PM
Match Day 6 results and stats
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Post by: thaiwolf on March 13, 2017, 05:43:01 PM

The Premier League now takes a break to accommodate the National team’s World Cup Qualifying games. Games recommence on Monday 3rd April.
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Post by: thaiwolf on March 29, 2017, 08:09:55 AM
Tier 1 matches recommence after the international break on MONDAY 3rd April, with the Swatcats taking on winless and bottom of the table Superpower Samut Prakan at the 80th Anniversary Stadium. (KO 20.00, TV coverage Truesports HD3).
This is a “must win” fixture for the Stuttering Swatcats. A defeat would confirm the worst in my mind and is unthinkable.

Thaiwolf prediction; Home win.
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Post by: thaiwolf on April 02, 2017, 05:38:36 PM
Just a quick reminder, Swatcats V Superpower tomorrow (Monday) 20.00. Come along and support your local team.
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Post by: thaiwolf on April 04, 2017, 10:37:18 AM
Match Day 7
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Post by: thaiwolf on April 04, 2017, 10:38:19 AM
Dateline 3rd April 2017 – Match day 7.

 FT NRFC 4 Superpower Samut Prakan 0

Struggling and winless Superpower Samut Prakan were the guests in Korat tonight.

A disappointing crowd of 4114 saw the hosts open brightly, utilizing acres of space in midfield as Superpower struggled to maintain any sort of sustained possession. Dominic Adiyiah was, as usual, a constant threat as the men in orange probed.

The Swatcats opened their account in the 14th minute when a 35 yard free kick from Pina crept past the flailing Superpower keeper – a fine effort. Seconds later Athibordee went close with an angled drive.
Unbelievably, in the 17th minute Pina again scored with a long range free kick – this time from a full 40 yards out. The keeper must take some responsibility for fumbling on the line but another fine effort from the Brazilian.

In the 26th minute Chakrit drew a fine save from the keeper after good work from Adiyiah as the hosts continued to look dangerous. The pressure paid off in the 35th minute when Akekanat Kongket  drove home from 7 yards following a corner.
In the 37th minute Superpower produced a rare chance after some slack defending but as the half drew to a close the Swatcats were well on top.

The second half commenced with Dominic Adiyiah breaking and drawing a fine save from the keeper. The hosts seemed to have taken their foot off the gas early in the half, but in the 75th minute they scored a fourth when Naruphol scored with a curling effort after great work from Adiyiah.

With Superpower restricted to occasional speculative long range efforts, the home defence was rarely tested tonight and with the hosts putting away their chances with relative ease, this was an easy victory.
Make no mistake, Superpower were very poor tonight and based on this performance they will be playing Tier 2 football next year. The Swatcats played well but I still think they will continue to struggle against more impressive opponents. A fine 3 points however and their only losses thus far have been against the mighty Buriram and MuangThong.

Top ten?? maybe…but only just!!!

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Post by: thaiwolf on April 04, 2017, 10:39:37 AM
Match Day 7 stats
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Post by: thaiwolf on April 05, 2017, 08:33:05 AM
The Swatcats visit Si Saket in the next T1 round. Si Saket have been struggling so far this season and the Swatcats might be expecting at least a point. KO 17.45 Saturday 8th April (TV coverage True sports 2, channel 45).

Thaiwolf prediction: away win.


**** Although details are a little sketchy (this is Thaialnd after all), it would appear that there is going to be big screen showing of the game at Saveone market with a sponsors show preceding it.
The show begins at 16.00 with kick off of course at 17.45 ****
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Post by: thaiwolf on April 05, 2017, 02:46:27 PM
Match Day 8

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Post by: thaiwolf on April 09, 2017, 08:15:41 AM
Really enjoyed my experience of the “Beer Leo” big screen event at Saveone market in Korat last night. I hope it becomes a regular event for Swatcat away games – great atmosphere!!
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Post by: thaiwolf on April 09, 2017, 09:54:29 AM
Dateline 8th April 2017 – Match day 8.

 FT Si Saket 3 NRFC 3

The Swatcats visited the Kouprey’s paddock searching for points to help preserve their mid table position.
The visitors began on the front foot probing for an early breakthrough and in the 14th minute they were rewarded for their early labours when a fine 22 yard drive from Decha Srandee opened the scoring. One minute later Athibordee slotted home a second after a finely crafted move. The visitors were off to a roaring start!!

The hosts pegged one back in the 25th minute with a superb 25 yard drive from Assumpcao but with the first half coming to an end Adiyiah spurned a guilt edged chance to put the game to bed when he fluffed from 6 yards out.
The Swatcats were then punished for that miss when, on the stroke of half time the Koupreys equalized when a well taken free kick from Assumpsao squirmed past the keeper

The second half began with the Swatcats falling into an old and much maligned stance – they sat back and allowed Si Saket to come onto them. This led to an almost constant pressure from the Koupreys and a couple of clear cut chances being produced. Inevitably a home goal came when Assumpsao completed a brilliant hat trick in the 88th minute with a simple tap in.

In an exciting climax to this thrilling match, the Swatcats snatched a point when Akekanat Kongket equalized with literally the last touch of the match. In a match that had almost everything thus far, the referee completed the occasion when he elected to send off the scorer for a reason I could not determine

A superb encounter, with the Koupreys overcoming the Swatcat’s early surge. A disappointing second half for the visitors with Si Saket deservedly going ahead with a superb halt trick from Assumpsao.
A decent performance from the Swatcats and certainly nothing to worry about. Their present position - give or take a place or two, is where I suspect they will end the season.
In truth a slightly fortuitous point for the Swatcats thanks to a last second equalizer…… but great entertainment.

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Post by: thaiwolf on April 09, 2017, 09:55:36 AM
Match Day 8 stats
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Post by: thaiwolf on April 09, 2017, 09:56:17 AM
The League now takes a weekend break to accommodate Songkran. Fixtures recommence on 18th/19th April.
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Post by: thaiwolf on April 16, 2017, 06:49:12 PM
The Swatcats take on Ratchaburi Mitr Phol at the 80th Anniversary Stadium on Wednesday 19th April (KO 20.00, TV coverage Truevisions TS2 channel 45). Ratchaburi are currently in 9th place - a single point above the men from Korat.

Thaiwolf prediction; Home win.
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Post by: thaiwolf on April 20, 2017, 10:31:28 AM
Dateline 19th April 2017 – Match day 9.

 FT NRFC 1 Ratchaburi Mitr Phol FC 1

The Swatcats entertained Ratchaburi tonight. A sparse crowd of 4700 saw Ratchaburi open brightly with Cameroonian Essombe – who incidentally looked very dangerous all match, shooting narrowly wide in the second minute. The hosts countered with a rare moment of class when Pina drew a tremendous save from the keeper with a 20 yard drive. This shot was, to be honest, the Swatcat’s only real chance of the half.

The visitors looked dangerous up front, with the host’s goal line under threat and their defence looking vulnerable. With the rangy Essombe up front, they created a couple of decent chances.
In the 24th minute a well struck free kick hit the bar and El Jadeyaoui headed in the rebound to give the visitors a deserved lead.

A painful first half for Swatcat fans to watch with Ratchaburi dominating and the hosts chasing the game with little success.

The second half saw the introduction of Adiyiah - within seconds he announced his presence when he dabbed in from 4 yards after a fine cross from Velkoski. In a much more spirited second half performance the Swatcats took the game to a tiring Ratchaburi although the continuing tactic of lobbing long balls over the top was not very sophisticated - or effective!!
Adiyiah nearly bagged himself a brace when in the 57th minute he wriggled and turned in the box to swivel and send his shot narrowly wide – a classy touch from the Ghanaian. Minutes later Velkoski caused havoc in the visitor’s defence when his low cross was scrambled clear.

In a final flourish, Essombe headed just wide and yet again Adiyiah was nearly on target as both teams battled for a winner.

Not a bad performance but another unconvincing home result from the Swatcats tonight. Full marks to Ratchaburi who performed well and were able to neutralize the hosts attacking force. In the first half there was only one team in it with Ratchaburi unlucky to be only one goal up at half time.

Without Adiyiah the Swatcats looked totally toothless up front and with Ratchaburi seemingly able to carve up the host’s defence at will, the salvaging of a point was a real bonus for the home team.
A top ten finish is looking increasingly unlikely as each week passes - let’s hope that the team is not dragged into a relegation dogfight.
 I think we all will have to acknowledge that this season, we have a moderately talented team that is trying hard but will at best be a very ordinary mid table outfit ……. OK with me but what waste of potential!!
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Post by: thaiwolf on April 20, 2017, 10:32:25 AM
Match Day 9 stats
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Post by: thaiwolf on April 20, 2017, 10:49:37 AM
The Swatcats take on Suphanburi this weekend, 23rd April (KO 19.00, TV coverage Truevisions
TS HD2, channel 667). The War Elephants have recently replaced their coach after a disappointing start to the campaign and the fans will be looking for an improvement in their current form.

Thaiwolf prediction; Draw
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Post by: thaiwolf on April 21, 2017, 05:07:15 PM
Can’t get to Suphanburi? Watch the Swatcats live on the big screen whilst gulping cold Leo beer!!!

The match is being shown at Saveone market 19.00 Sunday 23rd.

I went to watch the recent showing of the Si Saket game at Saveone – it was most enjoyable with great atmosphere - I would recommend a visit.
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Post by: thaiwolf on April 24, 2017, 10:07:07 AM
Dateline 23rd April 2017 – Match day 10.

 FT Suphanburi FC 4 NRFC 0

The Swatcats took on the War Elephants of Suphanburi in this mid table clash. The visitors had a dreadful start when a defensive error let in Chananan who drove in on 5 minutes to put the hosts one up. Matters got worse in the 17th minute when a free kick found Dellatorre unmarked in the box - he simply lobbed the ball over the keeper into the net. 4 minutes later more schoolboy style defending allowed Madrigal to prod home the third.

With the game virtually all over after 20 minutes and the visitors managing only sporadic raids forward, Suphan added to the Swatcats woes with a fourth in the 44th minute when a completely unmarked Nicolas Velez tapped in from 6 yards – one has to ask, where was the bloody defence!!

The Swatcats mustered only one first half chance when Adiyiah drew a fine save from the Suphan keeper in the 40th minute.

A humiliating first half against a far from convincing Suphanburi outfit. The visitors looked shell shocked as they left the field at half time.

With Suphan taking their foot off the gas, the Swatcats regained some composure in the second half - although to be fair, it was simply damage control. A long range free kick which stung the visitor’s keeper’s hands as Suphan looked for a fifth and a Pina drive in the 59th minute were the highlights but in a half of little consequence neither side impressed.

One can put no gloss on it, another pretty ordinary performance. I’m trying hard not to overreact but I see little reason for optimism. We have now won 2 out of the first 10 games - one of which was against Superpower - a team already destined for Tier 2 oblivion.
A top ten finish is now off the wish list – bottom 5 with a forlorn hope that there are 3 weaker teams below us, is now the reality.

I am no tactician and my depth of knowledge of the finer points of the game is weak but I have 2 observations. Victor Igbonefo is not up to it at this level - he looks out of his depth and we will continue to leak goals if he remains - act now Milos. Secondly if we do not acquire a big target man to compliment an obviously talented Adiyiah we will not score many goals. Velkoski may be a good player but he does not fit the bill for our requirements.
A situation where a team leaks goals and cannot score is a recipe for disaster. If massive measures are not taken now, I fear the worst!!

Our next game is against is against an in form Bangkok United. I dread to think what the score might be………….. and I wonder how empty the 80th Anniversary Stadium might be !!

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Post by: thaiwolf on April 24, 2017, 10:08:17 AM
Match Day 10 stats
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Post by: thaiwolf on April 24, 2017, 10:52:54 AM
Relegation matters - my assessment

Early in the season I acknowledge, but given The Swatcats recent performances, are they likely to be relegation candidates.

Super power very weak and are all but down already and thus are my first choice for relegation. Si Saket are weak - I would say on a par with the Swatcats and may be for the drop. Thai Honda will suffer as the rigours of Tier 1 football take their toll - I think they will go down.
Navy and Pattaya are better sides than the Swatcats and although they will struggle, I think they will survive. Sukhothai have disappointed so far and I think they may be a surprising candidate for relegation. After a successful first season in tier 1, like the Swatcats last year, they have found the second season very challenging.

So who are headed for Tier 2? - Superpower and any 2 from the following 4 - , Thai Honda, Si Saket, Sukhothai and NRFC.
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Post by: Benwahwah on April 24, 2017, 08:50:37 PM
Hi Thaiwolf,

I am due to be moving to Korat on Thursday as I start my new teaching job there next week. I've always liked a bit of football so I hope you don't mind if I ask a couple of questions.

1. How much is a ticket to a home game?
2. How easy is it to get to the stadium? (I'm going to be near Boon Wattana Scholl I think).
3. If I'm able to come to a game any chance of meeting up?

Cheers,

Benwahwah
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on April 25, 2017, 07:59:56 AM
Hi Benwahwah,
                           Welcome to Korat – here’s hoping you become a Swatcat fan.

The Swatcats are struggling at the moment but they are a club with a lot of potential and well worth supporting.

Tickets are available at the ground. The main stand tickets (zone w) are 150 bt. This is the best view and you are away from drums etc!! I think the clock end and the side opposite the main stand tickets are 100bt (used to be 60bt at clock end – might still be 60bt).

The ground is the 80th Anniversary Stadium and is one of the best in Thailand.

 Access is easy.

Drive out of town past the Mall as if going towards Saraburi/Bangkok. As you leave the city, just by the Sima Thani Hotel, you take a left slip road towards Pak Thong Chai (I think the turn is posted 80th Anniversary Stadium). Continue along the road towards Pak Thong Chai for about 3-4 km, then take a right turn at the traffic lights. This turn takes you onto the Stadium sports complex – you will see the ground on the left.
There is plenty of parking.

Sure we can meet up. Let me know when you are coming.

Best wishes – let me know if you need any more info. Thaiwolf
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on April 25, 2017, 01:23:55 PM
The Swatcats entertain in form Bangkok United this weekend. (KO 19.00 Saturday 29th April, TV coverage Truesports HD2 channel 667). The Angels have scored 10 goals in their last 2 fixtures and will severely test the home team’s shaky defence. Defeat could plunge the men from Korat into deep relegation trouble.

Thaiwolf prediction; Away win.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on April 30, 2017, 11:28:57 AM
Dateline 29th April 2017 – Match day 11.

 FT NRFC 0 Bangkok United 0

The Swatcats welcomed high flying Bangkok United this weekend, with the men from Korat hoping to halt a disappointing run of results. The Bangkok Angels have scored 10 goals in their last 2 fixtures and will provide formidable opposition.  The attendance was 4531.

After a bright start from the visitors, Velkoski shot over, with an empty net beckoning, after a defensive lapse by Bangkok’s keeper. This was followed by periods of Swatcat pressure with Adiyiah the main threat. Whilst the Swatcats seemed to be in the ascendancy, Bangkok showed glimpes of class and their ability to get men forward quickly was superb and continued to cause the Swatcat defence problems.

In the 19th minute, an Adiyiah cross struck the hand of a defender - a bolt on penalty not awarded and minutes later after a fine flowing move, Athibordee shot wide - he should have done better!!

In the 32nd minute after a great solo run from his own half, Decha Sarandee drove just over from 14 yards - minutes later Boscovic sent an angled drive just wide. Minutes before half time the host’s keeper Saranon made a remarkable save from Boscovic to keep the scores level.

At half time, honours were even but with the hosts creating 3 or 4 clear chances, they were probably unlucky not to be ahead.

The second half opened with The Angels pressing but in the 50th minute Adiyiah went close with an angled drive well saved by the keeper. One sensed that Bangkok had upped their effort but the Swatcat’s defence was able to cope with any threats pretty well. Meanwhile the hosts broke sporadically with effective use of the flanks. In the 62nd minutes one of these breaks culminated in a chance for Adiyiah whose shot was well saved. Athibordee then shot over from 20 yards.

In the 64th minute an audacious flick from Adiyiah went just wide and with the hosts continuing to exploit space on the flanks a goal was looking likely.
In the 68th minute the Swatcats were again denied a penalty kick when Adiyiah was pulled down by the keeper and minutes later Chanatphon’s shot drifted inches wide.

Mario spurned a great chance to seal the win when he shot tamely in the 81st minute and in a final drama the hosts were denied a third penalty when the keeper upended Chakrit inside the box. The referee adjudged the offence to be outside the box

A much improved performance from the Swatcats and a real fillip for their fans. Against a tactically more astute team, they battled throughout and produced a number of chances, particularly in the first half. If, and it is a big if, they can produce this form consistently they should just keep clear of relegation woes.
Tonight they were unlucky not to gain all three points. This was their 6th draw - if 2 or 3 of these draws had been converted to wins, the team would be in a far more comfortable position.
Converting 3 of those draws into wins would put the team on 18 points - and 7th place in the league!!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on April 30, 2017, 11:30:07 AM
Match Day 11 stats
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on May 01, 2017, 08:04:21 AM
The Swatcats travel to Sattahip to take on fellow strugglers Navy on Wednesday 3rd May (KO 1800 TV coverage TBC). This is a match that the Swatcats ought to be looking for points but I do have grave doubts that they will deliver.

Thaiwolf prediction; home win.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on May 02, 2017, 02:15:58 PM
Update; Tomorrow’s match V Navy is to be shown on “True spark jump” – Truevisions channel 41 (Yep it’s a new one to me!!). KO is 18.00. Just a reminder – you can watch the match on the big screen at Saveone market.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on May 04, 2017, 09:37:48 AM
Dateline 3rd May 2017 – Match day 12.

 FT Navy FC 0 NRFC 0

An important match for both clubs in this midweek clash in Sattahip. Ex Swatcat favourite Bjorn Lindemann is now a Navy player - will he help to put the Swatcats to the sword – or should I say to the cutlass?

After a low key start in which neither side mustered a real chance, the match meandered towards half time with nothing of substance to report. The only point of interest was a penalty claim by the visitors - it looked a clear trip on Chanatphon as he broke into the box but it was deemed to have been a dive and he was booked.
By half time, Navy had managed a single, weak shot and a speculative header - the visitors managed one effort on target!!

The second half commenced with the hope that either side would produce some sort of entertainment for the watching fans. Unfortunately the match continued on its aimless path. The match came to life in the 55th minute when a well struck Navy free kick struck the post - a unique moment of class in the match thus far.

In the 78th minute, with the visitors yet to register a single second half shot on goal, a second Navy free kick went narrowly over the bar.
 In a final Swatcat flourish, Naruphol was inches wide with an angled shot and minutes later he again managed a decent shot on target that was saved by the keeper.

A valuable point but another frustrating evening for Swatcat fans. This match clearly displayed why both of these sides will struggle as the season progresses. In an encounter painful to watch, neither side attacked with any real intent. The Swatcat’s fighting spirit exhibited against Bangkok United during the last match, was absent. I see very little in the current squad that gets my pulse racing - Dominic Adiyiah apart - the team is just…ordinary. Results are confirming this and so will their league position at the end of the season.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on May 04, 2017, 09:38:35 AM
Match Day 13 Stats
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on May 04, 2017, 09:39:14 AM
Mazda meets Honda head on as the Swatcats take on Thai Honda Latkrabang this weekend, (Saturday 6th May, KO 1900, TV coverage Truesports 7). The Bangkok side has been struggling after its promotion from Tier 2 and should be easy pickings for the hosts.

Thaiwolf prediction; Home win.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on May 07, 2017, 10:40:39 AM
Dateline 6th May 2017 – Match day 13.

 FT NRFC 1 Thai Honda Latkrabang 0

Mazda Swatcats revved up to outpace the Bangkok based Thai Honda in this potential relegation battle.  The attendance was 4227.

The hosts opened brightly, creating their first chance in the first minute when Kirati Keawsombat drew a fine save from the keeper after good work from Adiyiah.
In the 10th minute Jesus shot over from 18 yards after a fine break forward - an early warning for the hosts!! The Swatcats immediately countered when Athibordee curled an angled shot just wide of the post.

In the 19th minute the Swatcats broke the deadlock when Athibordee stroked home from 12 yards after a fine flowing movement and then in the 29th minute a brilliant charge forward from Chakrit produced a drive which drifted just over the bar.
In the 34th minute a further warning for the hosts as an unmarked Jesus headed just wide then Adiyiah caused panic in the opponent’s defence with a mazy run into the box ending with a Chakrit effort being blocked.
Although the hosts were “bossing” the match during the first half, Thai Honda broke forward effectively - producing real chances in the 16th and 26th minutes - and certainly stretched the Swatcat’s defence, which looked fragile, at times. A half in which both sides created chances - maybe due to two equally weak defences.

The second half began with the hosts again on the front foot with Kirati Keawsombat charging forward only to be unceremoniously brought down just outside the box preventing a clear scoring chance. Unfortunately Kirati’s fall seemed to have seriously damaged his arm and he was stretchered off in great pain - sportingly many Thai Honda players helped to remove the gurney from the pitch.
The resulting free kick from Pinawas well saved.

In the 57th minute, Honda scored a headed goal that was wrongly, in my opinion, given as offside and with advertising boards being scattered by the maelstrom and thunder claps beckoning, the teams were taken off the field of play after an early monsoon shower hit the 80th Anniversary Stadium. Fans flocked to gain cover in the main stand but a sudden wind change gave everyone present in the stand a thorough soaking!!

The game recommenced after 20 minutes and as the game descended into farce like conditions on the waterlogged pitch, the Swatcats were able to hold on to their slender lead despite Thai Honda going close in the 65th minute and again in the 77th minute. The Swatcats themselves may have increased their lead with a Pina drive.

An invaluable 3 points for sure but let’s not get carried away. Thai Honda, despite the fact that they created many chances are not a strong side. In fact they could make a case for deserving a point. The Swatcat’s defence looked very vulnerable at times and although they created many chances they still lack the “cutting edge” up front.
We now sit in a comfortable 12th place in the league - we have taken points off all six teams below us and we are 8 points above the drop zone. Although there are some grounds for optimism, I still think that we will continue to struggle against top ten teams - a big striker please - and soon!!

Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on May 07, 2017, 10:42:12 AM
Match Day 13 stats
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on May 07, 2017, 10:43:16 AM
Maelstrom halts Tier 1 match in Korat.

The Tier 1 match between Nakhon Ratchasima FC and Thai Honda FC was briefly halted after a monsoon like shower hit the 80th Anniversary Stadium.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on May 08, 2017, 08:19:05 AM
The Swatcats welcome Port FC to the 80th Anniversary Stadium this weekend (Sunday 14th May KO 18.00 TV coverage Truesports 7). An inconsistent start to the campaign for Port, producing euphoria then despair amongst their fans but with the Swatcats being the draw specialists one is tempted to suggest that a draw may be on the cards. I am going to stick my rather fragile neck out and go for a home win.

Thaiwolf prediction; Home win.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on May 15, 2017, 08:16:09 AM
Dateline 14th May 2017 – Match day 14.

 FT NRFC 0 Port FC 0

Port FC were the guests at the 80th Anniversary Stadium this weekend. With the pitch conditions not conducive to a pretty short passing game, my early thought was “who will better adapt to the conditions tonight?”

On a heavy pitch and before a crowd of 5835 the hosts opened brightly with Chakrit incorrectly ruled off side with the goal at his mercy on 6 minutes, seconds later Akekanat shot wildly over from 12 yards. There then followed a series of crosses and a period of pressure but the Swatcats were unable to convert.
Port were looking pretty tame on their forays forward and 20 minutes in, the hosts were well on top.

In the 26th minute after a frenetic melee in the Port 6 yard box, the ball was cleared then Velkoski drew a smart save from the keeper with an angled drive. From the resulting corner Akekanat headed narrowly wide.

On 35 minutes Chanatphon shot just wide from 20 yards then Adiyiah drove into the keeper’s midriff. In now almost constant pressure Adiyiah again went close then Velkoski was just wide from 12 yards.

A decent first half showing from the Swatcats but nothing to show for all their pressure - a cliché but it was all one way traffic - one hopes the team will not be punished later!!

The second half began with Pakorn going close for Port and minutes later a good chance was spurned as Tana Chanabut shot over - Port seemed to have woken up!!
In the 55th minute an excellent through ball put Akekanat clear but the keeper parried the shot and the ball was cleared.
Port were getting forward more and gaining confidence but still unable to create a clear chance but with Josimar always looking likely to cause problems for the host’s defence. In the 73rd minute Port went close when a near post header was scrambled away.

In the 79th minute Velkoski misdirected a header following a decent cross from Akekanat as the Swatcats pressed for a late winner. Port countered with a late break which put the home keeper under pressure,

The team gave it a good go this evening creating many chances in the first half however the inability to convert pressure into goals continues to be a problem. Second half they allowed a weak Port team to get back into the game - a game that should have been put beyond Port in the first half.
The Swatcats will not go down based on this performance but how long will the long suffering fans have to put up with these disappointing results.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on May 15, 2017, 08:17:22 AM
Match Day 14 Stats
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on May 15, 2017, 08:18:06 AM
The Swatcats venture down the road into deeper Isaan when they take on Tier 1 newcomers and fellow Isaan challengers Ubon UMT United on Wednesday 17th May (KO 19.00, TV coverage Truesports 7)
The Eagles, under English coach Scott Cooper, have had a successful start to their inaugural season in the Premier League and will provide a tough challenge to the men from Korat.

Thaiwolf prediction; Draw.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on May 18, 2017, 08:00:09 AM
Dateline 17th May 2017 – Match day 15.

Ubon UMT United 1 FT NRFC 3
Two sides were battling for Isaan “bragging rights” in tonight’s encounter in Ubon. The visitors shocked the home side in the 5th minute when Chakrit volleyed home after a Pina free kick was parried by the home keeper.
Ubon struck back quickly when they equalized on 10 minutes when an unmarked Nebihi slotted home from 10 yards. A minute later Chakrit countered with a fine drive which was well saved.

After this explosive start, the match settled with both sides probing with defences looking vulnerable. Adiyiah - as usual was The Swatcat’s main threat going forward - ably supported by Chakrit.
Velkoski drew a good save from the keeper with a 20 yard drive on 23 minutes as the Swatcats swarmed forward in what was looking like a very open game. Pina then stuck a 35 yard free kick which was again parried by the keeper but the ball was scrambled clear.

On 36 minutes, a low corner was prodded home by Velkoski to give the visitors a deserved first half lead. A decent first half by the Swatcats. They looked very fluid going forward but can the defence hold on and prevent an equalizer??

The second half kicked off with Thaiwolf hoping that the Swatcats do not do the usual and sit back inviting the opposition to attack. Ubon went straight into attacking mode with Nebihi drawing a fine save from the visitor’s keeper then a header from a free kick went narrowly wide.
In what was already looking like a rearguard action, an equalizer was looking likely with the defence sitting too deep.

What do I know? The Swatcats broke forward with pace and Adiyiah fired in from 16 yards - 3-1. Chakrit nearly made it 4-1 with a snap shot in the 64th minute as Ubon’s heads began to drop.
On 70 minutes Pina sent a free kick inches over in a rare foray forward as Ubon pressed for a second goal.
With the defence soaking up tepid pressure from the home side, the Swatcats were cruising towards a deserved victory when Kantapol was sent off for a second yellow in the 83rd minute. From the resulting free kick the home side struck the bar with an 8 yard snap shot. Minutes later Nebihi headed over as the Swatcats soaked up some late pressure.

On 91 minutes Velkoski spurned a golden opportunity when he broke clear. He chose to pass rather than take a shot and the ball was cleared. This could have easily been a 5-1 victory

A most satisfying performance and a great 3 points tonight. I have to ask “Why can’t they do this every week?” Ubon are a useful side and this was no fluke. We looked likely to score goals tonight from the start and with the defence performing ably this was a complete team performance.
Good news to report at last – now for Chang Rai !!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on May 18, 2017, 08:01:27 AM
Match Day 15 Stats
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on May 18, 2017, 08:02:17 AM
Chang Rai United make the long journey south to take on the Swatcats this weekend, (Saturday 20th May KO 17.45 TV coverage TS2). The free spending Beetles had been some pundit’s favourites to win the league this season but a couple of poor performances have recently dented their hopes of success.

Thaiwolf prediction; Draw.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on May 21, 2017, 09:43:03 AM
Dateline 20th May 2017 – Match day 16.

 FT NRFC 0 Chang Rai 1

An early kick off in this encounter and despite grandstand tickets being reduced from 150bt to 80bt, the match only managed to attract 6571 spectators. One wonders however if this reduction in price was well publicised - I for one did not know about it!!

As the match progressed the Swatcats certainly matched the endeavour of the visitors but Chang Rai looked more crisp and precise when going forward and certainly more confident with their passing.
They broke quickly and with pace and in the 6th minute Felipe Azevedo went close from 5 yards - an early wake up call for the hosts. The Swatcats countered with a header from Akekanat that went just wide.
Dominic Adiyiah was, as usual, the host’s main threat and he drew a fine save from the keeper with an angled drive but despite all the huff and puff shown by the hosts they looked unlikely to break though, with a couple of weak attempts their only reward.

Chang Rai continued to look dangerous and in the 26th minute Suriya headed over and as the first half drew to a close, a superb 25 yard effort from Raphael thundered against the bar. One wondered at half time “how long before Chang Rai open the scoring?”

The second half opened with Chang Rai immediately on the offensive and Saranon brought off an excellent save from a close range header - one wondered however why an attacking player was left unmarked in the 6 yard area.
Korat’s response was a long range effort from Chanatphon and a real chance from close range by Velkoski but again despite great effort, there was very little real penetration.
In the 56th minute, Felipe stuck an angled shot that was deflected rather fortuitously onto the post as Chang Rai strived to open their account. Adiyiah meanwhile shot narrowly wide in an otherwise lack lustre second half performance from the Swatcats.

In the 79th minute the ultimate and decisive demise of the hosts when Chang Rai went ahead with a crisp, close range finish from Felipe - a disappointing end for the hosts but a deserved reward for Chang Rai’s efforts. They could have gone two up with a shot that was well saved by Saranon minutes later and at the other end a Dominic Adityiah cross caused panic in the Chang Rai defence as Korat looked for an unlikely equalizer.

Tonight the Swatcats were beaten by a more polished and superior side. Another decent performance and the team’s effort cannot be faulted but I reiterate - we are just ordinary and really if we are to improve we need a good old “kick up the arse” and someone who can score goals. I cannot understand why we have not filled our foreign player quota - surely a big target man must be on our radar.
 Only 2 wins at home is worrying and if a team cannot pull in the points at home, the team is only going in one direction!! Equally worrying is the obvious disenchantment of the fans that appear to be shunning the club - to be frank, with disappointing home performances, who can blame them!!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on May 21, 2017, 09:44:06 AM
Match Day 16 Stats

Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on May 22, 2017, 08:43:38 AM
In the last round of fixtures of Leg 1 of the 2017 season the Swatcats travel to the Capitol to take on title hopefuls Bangkok Glass. (Sunday 28th May KO 19.00, TV coverage TrueSports HD2). This will be a tough challenge for the Swatcats but I expect that  they may fight for a point.
The season now takes a break before the commencement of Leg 2.

Thaiwolf prediction; Draw.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on May 26, 2017, 08:53:11 AM
Sorry I am late posting. The leg 2 fixtures were only announced 3 days ago (TIT), then I had to obtain an english version. There are breaks for NT fixtures and don't forget cup matches will have to be dovetailed into the calendar.

Leg 2 Fixtures 2017

Matchday 18
17 June
17:45     Ratchaburi v Ubon UMT United
18:00     Suphanburi v   Port FC
19:00     Chonburi   v   Pattaya United
19:00     Buriram United v  Navy
20:00     Bangkok Glass   v   Super Power Samut Prakan
18 June
18:00     Bangkok United v Thai Honda
18:00     BEC Tero Sasana v Nakhon Ratchasima
19:00     Sisaket v Chiang Rai United
19:00     Sukhothai v Muangthong United

Matchday 19
24 June
17:45     Ubon UMT United v Suphanburi
18:00     Chiang Rai United v Ratchaburi
19:00     Pattaya United v Buriram United
19:00     Nakhon Ratchasima v Chonburi United
20:00     Sisaket v Bangkok Glass
25 June
18:00     Muangthong United v BEC Tero Sasana
18:00     Thai Honda v Navy
19:00     Port v Bangkok United
19:00     Super Power Samut Prakan v Sukhothai

Matchday 20
28 June
17:45     BEC Tero Sasana v Super Power Samut Prakan
17:45     Pattaya United v Nakhon Ratchasima
18:00     Buriram United v Thai Honda
19:00     Bangkok United v Ubon UMT United
19:00     Muangthong United v Chonburi
19:00     Navy v    Port
19:00     Ratchaburi v Bangkok Glass
20:00     Suphanburi v Chiang Rai United
20:00     Sukhothai v Sisaket

Matchday 21
1 July
17:45     Ratchaburi v Sukhothai
18:00     Chiang Rai United v Bangkok United
19:00     Nakhon Ratchasima v Buriram United
19:00     Super Power Samut Prakan v Chonburi
20:00     Bangkok Glass v Suphanaburi
2 July
18:00     Ubon UMT United v Navy
18:00     Sisaket v BEC Tero Sasana
19:00     Port v Thai Honda
19:00     Muangthong United v Pattaya United

Matchday 22
5 July
17:45     Thai Honda v Ubon UMT United
17:45     Pattaya United v Super Power Samut Prakan
18:00     Chonburi v Sisaket
18:00     Buriram United v Port
19:00     Nakhon Ratchasima v Muangthong United
19:00     Bangkok United v Bangkok Glass
19:00     BEC Tero Sasana v Ratchaburi
20:00     Suphanburi v Sukhothai
20:00     Navy v Chiang Rai United

Matchday 23
8 July
17:45     Bangkok Glass v Navy
18:00     Super Power Samut Prakan v Nakhon Ratchasima
19:00     Suphanburi v BEC Tero Sasana
19:00     Sukhothai v Bangkok United
20:00     Ratchaburi v Chonburi
9 July
18:00     Sisaket v Pattaya United
18:00     Chiang Rai United v Thai Honda
19:00     Ubon UMT United v Port
19:00     Muangthong United v Buriram United

Matchday 24
29 July
17:45     Bangkok United v BEC Tero Sasana
18:00     Chonburi v Suphanburi
19:00     Thai Honda v Bangkok Glass
19:00     Pattaya United v Ratchaburi
20:00     Buriram United v Ubon UMT United
30 July
18:00     Muanthong United v Super Power Samut Prakan
18:00     Navy v Sukhothai
19:00     Nakhon Ratchasima v Sisaket
19:00     Port v Chiang Rai United

Matchday 25
5 August
17:45     Chiang Rai United v Ubon UMT United
18:00     Suphanburi v Pattaya United
19:00     Bangkok Glass v Port
19:00     Bangkok United v Chonburi
20:00     Ratchaburi v Nakhon Ratchasima
6 August
18:00     Super Power Samut Prakan v Buriram United
18:00     BEC Tero Sasana v Navy
19:00     Sukhothai v Thai Honda
19:00     Sisaket v Muangthong United

Matchday 26
9 August
19:00     Chonburi v Thai Honda

Matchday 27
10 September
17:45     Nakhon Ratchasima v Suphanburi
17:45     Ubon UMT United v Bangkok Glass
18:00     Pattaya United v Bangkok United
18:00     Super Power Samut Prakan v Sisaket
19:00     Buriram United v Chiang Rai United
19:00     Muangthong United v Ratchaburi
19:00     Navy v Chonburi
20:00     Port v Sukhothai
20:00     Thai Honda v BEC Tero Sasana

Matchday 28
16 September
17:45   BEC Tero Sasana v Port
18:00     Sisaket v Buriram United
19:00     Sukhothai v Ubon UMT United
20:00     Bangkok United v Nakhon Ratchasima
17 September
18:00     Bangkok Glass v Chiang Rai United
18:00     Navy v Pattaya United
19:00     Suphanburi v Muangthong United
19:00     Ratchaburi v Super Power Samut Prakan

Matchday 29
20 September
17:45     Super Power Samut Prakan v Suphanburi
17:45     Port v Chonburi
18:00     Nakhon Ratchasima v Navy
18:00     Chiang Rai United v Sukhothai
19:00     Ubon UMT United v BEC Tero Sasana
19:00     Sisaket v Ratchaburi
19:00     Thai Honda v Pattaya United
20:00     Muangthong United v Bangkok United
20:00     Buriram United v Bangkok Glass

Matchday 30
23 September
17:45     Bangkok United v Super Power Samut Prakan
18:00     Sukhothai v Bangkok Glass
19:00     Suphanburi v Sisaket
19:00     BEC Tero Sasana v Chiang Rai United
20:00     Navy v Muangthong United
24 September
18:00     Thai Honda v Nakhon Ratchasima
18:00     Chonburi v Ubon UMT United
19:00     Pattaya United v Port
19:00     Ratchaburi v Buriram United

Matchday 31
14 October
17:45     Ratchaburi v Suphanburi
17:45     Muangthong United v Thai Honda
18:00     Bangkok Glass v BEC Tero Sasana
18:00     Port v Nakhon Ratchasima
18:00     Chiang Rai United v Chonburi
19:00     Buriram United v Sukhothai
19:00     Sisaket v Bangkok United
20:00     Ubon UMT United v Pattaya United
20:00     Super Power Samut Prakan v Navy

Matchday 32
22 October
17:45     Port v Muangthong United
17:45     Navy v Sisaket
18:00     Pattaya United v Chiang Rai United
18:00     Chonburi v Bangkok Glass
19:00     Suphanburi v Buriram United
19:00     BEC Tero Sasana v Sukhothai
19:00     Bangkok United v Ratchaburi
20:00     Thai Honda v Super Power Samut Prakan
20:00     Nakhon Ratchasima v Ubon UMT United

Matchday 33
8 November
17:45     Super Power v Port
17:45     Bangkok Glass v Pattaya United
18:00     Chiang Rai United v Nakhon Ratchasima
18:00     Suphanburi v Bangkok United
18:00     Ratchaburi v Navy
19:00     Sisaket v Thai Honda
19:00     Buriram United v BEC Tero Sasana
20:00     Ubon UMT United v Muangthong United
20:00     Sukhothai v Chonburi

Matchday 34
11 November
18:00     Navy v Suphanburi
18:00     Pattaya United v Sukhothai
18:00     Thai Honda v Ratchaburi
18:00     Port v Sisaket
18:00     Ubon UMT United v Super Power Samut Prakan
12 November
18:00     Muangthong United v Chiang Rai United
18:00     Bangkok United v Buriram United
18:00     Chonburi v BEC Tero Sasana
18:00     Nakhon Ratchasima v Bangkok Glass

Matchday 35
18 November
18:00     Chonburi v Buriram United
18:00     Suphanburi v Bangkok United
18:00     Pattaya United v BEC Tero Sasana
18:00     Thai Honda v Suphanburi
18:00     Nakhon Ratchasima v Sukhothai
18:00     Ratchaburi v Port
18:00     Muangthong United v Bangkok Glass
18:00     Ubon UMT United v Sisaket
18:00     Super Power Samut Prakan v Chiang Rai United

Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on May 29, 2017, 07:54:55 AM
Dateline 28th May 2017 – Match day 17.

 FT Bangkok Glass 1 NRFC 0

The Swatcats took on the Glass Rabbits in this end of Leg 1 fixture, hoping to ease themselves further clear of the relegation zone.
Glass started brightly with some fine passing movements but the visitors eased themselves into the game and in the 14th minute Akekanat fired in a shot after a superb solo run. With the home team playing the more accomplished football, the Swatcat defence was coping well as the home team pressed.
  With the Swatcats looking useful on the break Naruphol went close with a drive from 20 yards and on 31 minutes Adiyiah nearly caught out the keeper with a snap shot. Glass countered with a shot from Chaowat drifting wide on 37 minutes and a drive from Campos that was well saved by the visitor’s keeper.

Honours even at half time, with the visitors giving a good account of themselves. Glass probably just edged the half but the Swatcats did have their chances.

The second half opened with Adiyiah firing over with the goal at his mercy after a defensive error - a guilt edged chance squandered!! Minutes later Adiyiah was again guilty of a glaring miss when his shot scuffed the post. The visitors were now on top but Bangkok Glass still looked dangerous when probing forward and a couple of long range chances were created.
The visitors began to defend too deep on the hour mark, inviting the home team to attack in waves and one wondered if the inevitable home goal would come. Surachat went close in the 69th minute then Campos shot wide but the visitor’s defence continued to hold firm.

In what was now becoming almost constant pressure, the Swatcats were clinging to their valuable point with great tenacity but in the 81st minute Bangkok Glass went ahead when Chatree fired in from 6 yards.

Adido’s two second half misses cost us the match and I know I am sounding like a stuck record but yet another decent performance against class opposition - the defence looked sound and build up in midfield was crisp and constructive but we continue to struggle with the all important aspect of football - scoring goals. I’m asking again - a big target man in the transfer window please!!
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on May 29, 2017, 07:55:58 AM
Match Day 17 Stats
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on May 30, 2017, 01:24:59 PM
The Thai League now takes a couple of week’s break, (to accommodate the Thai National team’s fixtures against Uzbekistan and UAE). The League recommences on the weekend of 17-18th June.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on June 04, 2017, 08:20:50 AM
The Swatcats have signed Brazilian striker Paulo Rangel.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on June 04, 2017, 08:21:22 AM
With captain Chalermpong being called into the Thai National squad and keeper Saranon being named in the “Goals Team of the first leg”, it is no wonder our defensive record is so good. I am even changing my opinion on Victor Igbonefo who has been ever present this season….what a pity we can’t score goals. Perhaps new signing Paulo Rangel can redress the balance.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on June 07, 2017, 09:05:38 AM
Swatcats skipper Chalermpong won his first Thai cap last night against Uzbekistan.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on June 07, 2017, 09:06:35 AM
New signing Paulo Rangel in training yesterday.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: nan on June 07, 2017, 01:27:24 PM
thanks
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: nan on June 07, 2017, 01:28:28 PM
for the
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: nan on June 07, 2017, 01:29:06 PM
info :)
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on June 11, 2017, 08:05:34 AM
Last night’s friendly against Si Saket was abandoned after 55 minutes due to continuous torrential rain. The Swatcats were leading 2-1 at the time with a brace from Adiyiah. The match saw the debut of striker Paulo Rangel. He looked useful and made some great contributions to the team’s performance. He is tall and has “presence” and I think he will score goals when the season recommences.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on June 13, 2017, 08:28:26 AM
The Thai Premier League recommences this weekend with The Swatcats travelling to Bangkok to take on Police Tero (AKA BEC Tero Sasana). This mid table clash will be a tight encounter. With Tero stalling after a bright start to their season the Swatcats will be challenging for at least a point.

This match (KO 18.00 Sunday 18th June, TV coverage TBC) should see the league debut of recent signing Paulo Rangel – what price a debut goal.

Thaiwolf prediction; Away win.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on June 15, 2017, 04:01:42 PM
The TPL is dropping to 16 teams in 2019, hence there will be 5 teams relegated next season. Should we Swatcat’s fans be worried (that is if we survive this year)? I certainly believe so. I think it would be very difficult for the team to survive a 5 team drop with the current squad.

In another rule change, the foreign quota from next year will be 3 non-asian, 1 asian and 1 asean. Victor Igbonefo will qualify as an asean player but at present we have no Asians in our quota and 4 non asian – changes ahead???
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on June 17, 2017, 07:56:49 AM
The Swatcat's game V Tero will be shown on Truesports 6, KO 18.00 sunday 18th june.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on June 19, 2017, 07:51:45 AM
Dateline 18th June 2017 – Match day 18.

FT Police Tero 3  NRFC 1

The second leg of the 2017 season kicks off this weekend with the Fire Dragons welcoming the Swatcats from Korat for this mid-table clash.

Former Swatcat keeper Kampon was in goal for Tero and the Swatcats started with new signing Rangel up front. The Swatcats started brightly with an interchange between Rangel and Adiyiah ending with a low shot on target from the Ghanaian.

In the 11th minute Weerayut Kayem volleyed in after a fine move to give Tero the lead but with the visitors passing the ball around confidently one sensed that they could strike back and in the 16th minute Pina went close with a 22 yard drive. Minutes later Chanatphol’s long range shot went narrowly over the bar.
In the 29th minute a superb move terminated with a snap shot from 6 yards by Adiyiah that was well saved by the Tero keeper and although the visitors were having a lot of possession, Tero looked dangerous on the break.

The Swatcats equalized (deservedly so) in the 37th minute when debutant Paulo Rangel  deflected a shot in with a clever back heel flick but almost immediately Tero broke forward and N’Dri lobbed in smartly to regain the lead.

The second half began with Igbonefo heading just over from a Pina free kick, Tero countered with a low drive going inches wide. The Swatcats were now pressing for an equalizer as Tero seemed to tire and in the 64th minute the Swatcats were awarded a penalty for a trip in the box but Pina’s kick was well saved by keeper Kampon.
The visitors continued to press but their chances of a point were dented when Chalermpong was shown a red card for a second bookable offence - an exceedingly harsh decision in my opinion!!

N’Dri went close with a header in the 77th minute in a rare second half chance for the hosts as the Swatcat’s second half dominance failed to yield the vital equalizer. In the 91st minute Tero were awarded a penalty for a push. The penalty was converted by N’Dri to give Tero an undeserved 3-1 lead.

Another decent performance (sorry, I sound like a broken record!!) and the performance probably merited a point. The Swatcats surely cannot go down if they continue to perform like this but they have to pick up points against lesser teams if they are to survive. Rangel looks like a useful acquisition and could form a formidable force up front with Adiyiah. Defensively the team looks sound and midfield is passing the ball around well - quite honestly, I am at a loss to work out why our performances are not yielding more points.

Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on June 19, 2017, 07:52:56 AM
Match Day 18 Stats
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on June 19, 2017, 07:53:44 AM
Match Day 18 Line up
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on June 19, 2017, 08:26:59 AM
The first round of the Thai FA Cup takes place on wednesday 21st June. The Swatcats take on Nakhon Si Thammmarat at the 80th Anniversary Stadium. Kick off is 19.00 hours.
Title: Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
Post by: thaiwolf on June 19, 2017, 08:34:48 AM
Swatcat's opponents in the first round of the FA Cup, Nakhon Si Thammarat currently play in Division 3 (south).