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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #180 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
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #181 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
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #182 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.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #183 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.



 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #184 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.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #185 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 ;))
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #186 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
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #187 on: March 10, 2016, 03:02:37 PM »
Thanks Takeitor, I will.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #188 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.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #189 on: March 13, 2016, 09:50:25 PM »
1-0 win. Phew ! Missed it on telly.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #190 on: March 14, 2016, 01:36:37 PM »
Hi Roger, I will try to include TV coverage in future previews.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #191 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.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #192 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.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #193 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 ?
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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #194 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.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #195 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.






   
                                                                     
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #196 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.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #197 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
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #198 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.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #199 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
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #200 on: March 27, 2016, 08:09:06 PM »
Love your optimism TW . . . .
I'll be there at last.
ATB
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #201 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
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #202 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
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #203 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.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #204 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.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #205 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!!!
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #206 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.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #207 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).
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #208 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.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #209 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.
 

 



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