Right, this’ll be my first time covering South East Asia in one of these roundups so I’m looking forward to it. If you don’t know we run special roundups for the A-League, which finished this weekend, and for the Vietnamese V-League, so for the latest on those two leagues, you should click the links.
Let’s dive straight into this then.
Cambodia still on holiday
As we mentioned last week, the Cambodian league is still on hiatus and will resume on the 19th of this month. Carry on, nothing to see here yet.
Match postponed but top teams continue unfazed in Indonesia
The match between Perseru Serui and Persija was postponed on Sunday but the rest of the games continued on as normal with league leaders Persipura bouncing back from last week’s defeat with a 2-0 win over Borneo. Second-placed Madura United and third-placed PSM are keeping up the pressure though as both sides won their matches, 2-1 over Persib and 3-1 over Mitra Kukar respectively.
Elsewhere Bhayangkara beat PS Tira who are slipping down towards the bottom spot, PSMS beat Barito Putera, stopping them from latching on to the top teams, while Bali United list 4-3 to Sriwijaya. Finally, lowly Arema couldn’t build on last week’s win and lost 1-0 to Persebaya Surabaya while PSIS Semarang won 3-1 over Persela to take a big step away from the bottom.
Toyota keep driving in Laos
Over in Laos, it’s starting to look like Toyota will have a successful year, no not the car manufacturer, the football club. They beat Master 7 5-1 on Saturday to extend the gap to Luang Prabang United. Luang also played this weekend and knew they had to win to keep up with Toyota, which they did, smashing mid-table Savan United 4-0. That brought the gap down to seven points, although Luang have a game in hand.
In the final game played this weekend bottom of the league Lao Army drew 1-1 with DK FC and gave themselves a much easier job as they have as much as two games in hand on the teams directly above them and only two points separate the bottom three.
Johor still top but Perak keeps them honest in Malaysia
In the Malaysian Super League Johor Darul Ta’zim keep on trucking as they beat bottom of the league Negeri Sembilan 4-0, and even though Perak also won this weekend, 3-2 over Terrenganu, the gap between the two is five points. Those are five points that could be very hard to close.
Pahang fell from second to third this weekend as they could only manage a 2-2 draw against Kedah, who now have three draws in a row. PKNS are trying to bridge the gap up to the top three sides and are now only four points behind after their win over Melaka United while PKNP are looking to climb into the top five but must do better than a 1-1 draw with Selangor for that to happen. Finally, Kelantan got something to cheer for as they managed to score their second win of the campaign, beating Kuala Lumpur 4-2 and climbing away from the bottom spot by three points.
Quiet week for Myanmar
Not much has happened since last time and that was GFA’s rescheduled game against Shan United from week 8. Second from bottom GFA had the chance to climb out of the drop zone with a win, while Shan could cut the lead of top of the table Yangon to three points. In the end neither side will be very pleased with the outcome of the 1-1 draw as that doesn’t really help any of them. The Myanmar league will be back in full action in two weeks time, but with one game this coming weekend.
Miserable week for Aguilas as Ceres extend lead in the Philippines
It’s been a pretty poor week for Aguilas since the last time we checked in on the PFL. They were only two points behind Ceres Negros. Now they are four. On Tuesday last week they lost 2-0 to Ceres and on Saturday they lost 3-0 to Stallion who were second from bottom before that win. Now there’s the mentioned four-point gap and Ceres have two games in hand.
Elsewhere Kaya beat Voltes 4-1 on Friday and had their Tuesday game with bottom of the league Global postponed so they missed their opportunity to jump past Aguilas, for now.
Albirex still undefeated in Singapore
It’s always a little weird when a team from another country is the best team in your league. In Singapore, it’s happened before with DPMM from Brunei (then managed by Steve Kean, yes that Steve Kean) and last season it happened with Albirex Niigata from Japan. This time it looks to be happening again. Of the six games they’ve played so far this season, they’ve lost none. This weekend they beat Hougang United on Sunday 1-0.
But before that, there were three matches played on Wednesday. Warriors and DPMM drew 2-2, while Hougang and Home United one-upped them by drawing 3-3. The final game saw Tampine Rovers beat Balestier Khalsa 1-0 and thereby leapfrogging them and going second in the league, eight points behind Albirex.
The other match this weekend saw Home United play another 3-3 draw, this time against Warriors. Tomorrow sees the round end with Geylang International play Young Lions as they attempt to climb away from the bottom spot. We’ll give you that result next week.
Still close at the top in Thailand as no one yields
Buriram United are top of the table in Thailand and kept that position this weekend thanks to a 4-0 win over Muang Thong United on Friday. On Saturday Prachuap beat Navy 5-0, Pattaya United won 3-0 over Sukhothai, Air Force Central lost 2-1 to Police Tero and stay bottom of the league, while Bangkok Glass and Chiangrai United drew 1-1.
Over on Sunday second placed Bangkok United won 2-1 over Chonburi to stay within two points of Buriram while Port won 4-0 over Nakhon Ratchasima to retake second from Prachuap. Suphanburi jumped Muang Thong to go fifth with their 1-0 win over Ubon UMT while Chainat Hornbull are keeping their superb form and won another match, 2-1 over Ratchaburi, to make it three wins on the trot.
East Timor nearly done with break
It’s been close to a month since the last league game was played in East Timor, and when it finally does it will be over a month. The League resumes on the 17th of May after being out since 15th of April.