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Chiang Mai media maintain bragging rights

‘Lanna Tigers’still battling for top spot

Powell wins 100 at Diamond League meet in Doha

Chiang Mai media maintain bragging rights

Chiang Mai media team and the US Consulate General team pose for a group photo at the Chiang Mai Municipal Stadium, Wednesday, May 12.

Supoj Thiamyoj

For the second time in a year, the Chiang Mai media players took on and beat the US Consulate General team, led by Consul General Michael Morrow, in a game of soccer played last week, May 12, at the Chiang Mai Municipal Stadium.

Perhaps remembering their thrashing at the hands of the Polish media team earlier this year, the Chiang Mia media eleven had put in some serious practice for this match, but nevertheless, the US side gave as good as they got in the opening half hour of the game.

It took a great cross from a free kick by Poramat Mudchit, headed in by NBT TV channel’s Chamroen Petckarn to break the deadlock and give the media team the lead in the 27th minute. The score remained the same until 5 minutes before the break when a period of sustained pressure by the US side led to an equalizer by Sunthornpoj Khamkampol.

During the half time break, with both sides enjoying a well earned, and in some cases a well needed rest, there was a friendly chair ball game played out by the women of the US Consulate General and Chiang Mai media; the match being handsomely won by the US team with a score of 36 – 6.

Once the second half of the soccer got underway it was end to end stuff as both teams went looking for more goals. The lead was eventually retaken once more by the media team in the 62nd minute when Poramat Mudchit of the Naewna newspaper controlled the ball well before hitting an unstoppable shot past the US keeper and making the score 2-1.

The US tried once more for an equalizer but it was not to be and in the 85th minute George Wittaya scored again for the media team on a counter attack and sealed the result, giving the media boys a 3-1 victory.

‘Lanna Tigers’ still battling for top spot

Chiang Mai FC maintained the pressure on league leaders Chainat FC on Saturday, May 8, when they secured an impressive 2-0 away win at mid-table Nakhon Sawan.

A large crowd turned up at the ‘Red Lions’ Central Stadium to watch the match, including three coach loads of supporters from Chiang Mai to cheer on the ‘Tigers’.

The host team were missing both the influential Sathit Pormma and Daniel Eric through suspension from their starting line-up and were relying on the experienced Natthakorn Plainoom, Bah Ibrahim and top scorer Woranant Sriwaree to see them through this game.

Chiang Mai suffered the loss of Pamornphol through injury before the match but otherwise had a full strength line-up including the strike pairing of Anucha Chaiwong and Prawit Wasunthara, both with 7 goals so far this season.

Knowing they had to win to keep up with high flying Chainat FC, the ‘Tigers’ got off to a perfect start when they broke the deadlock in the 14th minute. Warut Sapso controlled the ball well on the right wing and fired in a shot which the Nakhon Sawan keeper could only parry into the path of Prawit Wasoontra who scored from close range to notch his third goal of the season. However, despite further pressing from the ‘Tigers’, they were unable to break down the tough home defence and the score remained 1-0 at half time.

Chiang Mai replaced winger Anucha Chaiyawong with midfielder Sarun Sridech after the break as they were forced to go on the defensive following some sustained attacking play from the home team. Boonrod came closest to equalizing for the hosts in the 52nd minute but his free kick was superbly saved by Phansa Meesatham in the Chiang Mai goal.

Having weathered the second half onslaught by Nakhon Sawan, the ‘Tigers’ began to assert themselves once more on the game and they were able to seal all three points in injury time when Sarun collected the ball in the opponents’ penalty area and fired the ball high into the net, giving the keeper no chance.

It was a vital win for Chiang Mai as Chainat FC also secured an away victory on the same weekend against Phitsanulok FC to stay top on goal difference.

At press time, Chiang Mai were due to play a home game against Phitsanulok this past Saturday, May 15, while Chainart had a match lined up against struggling Uthai Thani Forest. This coming Sunday, May 23, the ‘Tigers’ will take on Chainart FC at the 700 Year Stadium in Chiang Mai in a table topping clash not to be missed. Kick-off is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Thai Football League
Northern Division 2

Results & Standings May 9 (week 12)

Pos.   Team                              P     W     D     L     +/-     Pts.

1        Chainat FC                   12    10     1      1    +26     31

2        Chiang Mai FC            12    10     1      1    +19     31

3        Pichit FC                        12     9      2      1    +20     29

4        Singburi FC                   12     8      1      3     +5      25

5        Phrae United                 12     6      4      2     +8      22

6        Phitsanulok FC            12     6      3      3     +6      21

7        Sukhothai FC               12     5      2      5      -1      17

8        Nakon Sawan FC        12     4      3      5     +2      15

9        Chiang Rai FC             12     4      2      6      -8      14

10      Petchabun FC              12     4      1      7      -2      13

11      Uttaradit Morseng       12     4      0      8      -3      12

12      Lampang FC                12     3      2      7      -5      11

13      Tak FC                          12     3      2      7     -15     11

14      Khampaeng Phet FC  12     3      1      8     -11     10

15      Uthai Thani Forest      12     2      1      9     -19       7

16      Phayao FC                    12     2      0    10    -22       6

Results (8 & 9 May): Phitsanulok FC 0-1 Chainat FC,
Nakon Sawan FC 0-2 Chiang Mai FC, Sukhothai FC 0-0 Petchabun FC,
Tak FC 2-1 Phayao FC, Phrae United 2-1 Uttaradit Morseng,
Uthai Thani Forest 0-2 Singburi FC, Pichit FC 6-0 Chiang Rai FC,
 Khampaeng Phet FC 3-1 Lampang FC.

Powell wins 100 at Diamond League meet in Doha

Michael Casey

Doha, Qatar (AP) - Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell recovered from a poor start to win the 100 meters last Friday with a wind-aided time of 9.81 seconds at the inaugural Diamond League meet in Doha.

Powell was slow out of the blocks and stepped out of his lane three times before blowing past the field near the end. He ran an even faster wind-aided 9.75 in his qualifying heat, and said that time should be a warning to his rivals.

“I’m satisfied. It was the first race of the season,” Powell said. “It’s the first I’ve opened so well in my career so I’m happy. The 9.75 should open a few eyes.”

The win was made easier by the fact that fellow Jamaican and Olympic champion Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay of the United States skipped the meet, but Powell said he looks forward to facing his main rivals later in the season.

“This year will be very exciting because all the guys are waiting to run against each other,” Powell said. “Tonight I did well so the next race should be a lot of better.”

Asked how he can beat Bolt, Powell smiled and said “just run, just run. That is what I have to do.”

The Doha meet is the first of 14 around the world in the Diamond League - which is the successor to the Golden League. Besides Bolt and fellow sprinter Tyson Gay, the meet was also missing the three athletes who shared the $1 million Golden League jackpot last year - Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, American 400 runner Sanya Richards and Ethiopian long-distance runner Kenenisa Bekele.

Isinbayeva is taking a break from the sport this season after failing to win a medal at the world indoor championships while Richards and Bekele are out injured.