CUP TAKES CENTRE STAGE IN NAM
League football stepped aside in Vietnam as the Vietnamese Cup became the focal point. Vietnam is one of the lucky countries that actually get their own review, so you can catch up with all of the ongoings in ‘Nam here.
NO SHOW IN CAMBODIA
Matches in Cambodia over the weekend were postponed and no games took place.
The standings show unbeaten Nagaworld ahead of two times defending Champions Boeung Ket on only goal difference. Both teams have 13 points from their five games played. The league will now restart on 19th of this month.
PACESETTERS CONTINUE WINNING IN MALAY
The Super League in Malaysia continued with the ninth round of games last week. The early pacesetters and defending Champions Johor Darul Tazim and second-placed Pahang FA won their respective games. The teams remain separated by the solitary point.
The troubles of the basement teams continued with Kelantan losing to Johor and Negeri losing to Selangor FA in what was dubbed as an early relegation matchup. The victory for the latter means that they’ve now got some separation with the relegation zones and are four points clear of danger. Kuala Lumpur woes intensified after a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Perak who’ve picked up form and have collected three wins from their last three games.
ALL TIGHT AT THE TOP IN INDONESIA
Things continued to remain tight at the top in Indonesia with the first 10 teams in the 18 team league separated by just three points. League leaders Perispura remain at the top despite suffering their first reverse of the season at the hands of the bottom-placed team Arema. The shocking result saw Arema secure a comfortable 3-1 victory. Second-placed Madura could only draw their game 2-2 away to Borneo. Fifth place Persija have 10 points from their games but have a game in hand in overall their neighbours.
There was a lot to cheer for the fans of the bottom clubs as three of the last six teams secured victory with the shock of the same week being the way Arema did away with the current pacesetters.
A heavy defeat for PSMS Medan saw them slip into the relegation spots. They lost 4-1 away to Persela Lamongan.
GAMES RESUME IN LAOS
The League in Laos resume after a near month’s gap last weekend. League leaders Lao Toyota were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw at Luang Prabang. The other draw with an identical scoreline saw Lao Army share the points with Savan United. Lao Police moved up to third with their 3-1 win over Master 7. They sit pretty in third place now. Defending Champions Lao Toyota continue to hold a 5 point advantage over their nearest rivals.
YANGON CONTINUE HEGEMONY IN MYANMAR
Myanmar’s most successful team Yangon continued their excellent season with a comprehensive 4-1 win over Southern Myanmar United. Second-placed Shan United returned to winning ways after suffering a reverse last time around. Shan prevailed over winless and bottom of the table Myawady FC.
The bottom side has just two points to show for their efforts this season and have let in an astonishing 24 goals in just 11 games. Shan currently trail Yangoon by 6 points but have a game in hand against second from last GFA. A win today in the rescheduled game would cut the deficit at the top to just 3 points. Magway remains level on points with Shan having played the same number of games as the latter.
OVER TO MANILA
Last season’s runner-ups Global Cebu struggles at the start of the season continue as they remain winless and suffered their second consecutive loss and their fourth in five games. They have just one point to show for their efforts as the latest loss to Davao Aguilas leave them rooted at the foot of the 6 team table. The winning side had the Younghusband brothers, yes you read that right, to thank for as James got a brace and Philip scored the other to secure the victory. Davao is a point behind Ceres.
It’s still early days in the Filipino League as teams haven’t reached the halfway mark of the first round.
In the other match in this round, Ceres Negros continued their run of victories with an emphatic 4-1 thrashing of JP Voltes. Patrick Reichelt put the gloss on the scoreline with two goals in the space of five minutes with 10 minutes to go for full time.
ALBIREX CONTINUE DOMINANCE IN SINGAPORE
Albirex Niigata continued to set the early pace in Singapore with another win. Their win takes them to five consecutive victories and is now five points ahead of their nearest rivals Khalsa who have played a game more.
Albirex thrashed bottom side Geyland 5-0 in one of two games taking place last weekend. In the other game, Balestier Khalsa secured a 2-1 win over Warriors FC.
Over to the Thai League where perennial champions Buriram United suffered a 1-0 reverse to mid-table Sukhothai. Their closest rivals Bangkok United and Port FC took full advantage as both teams won their games to cut the gap at the top to a solitary point. Port FC are a further five points adrift of Bangkok United.
Air Force Central’s woes continued as Suphanburi ran out comprehensive 3-0 winners over the bottom team. Ubon and Siam Navy also suffered defeats as things get murkier at the bottom of the pile in the Thai League 1.
The title race is firmly between the two heavyweight teams in Thailand as Buriram and Bangkok remain separated by a solitary point after 13 rounds of play.