Chonburi claim country's top honours (November 22, 2007)



Chonburi were crowned Thailand Premier League champions for the first time after beating Krung Thai Bank 3-2 yesterday. Before their supporters at the Municipal Stadium, Chonburi built a comanding 2-0 lead at half-time.

But 10-man Krung Thai, their closest rivals, fought back to level the score only for the home side to fire a late winner.

The bankers were reduced to nine men in injury time.

With one round to go, Chonburi have 63 points to Krung Thai's 54. It was a huge success for the eastern province who had been promoted to the country's top flight only two years ago.

Chonburi took the lead after 18 minutes through Arthit Sunthornpit. After Krung Thai's Kraikiat Beatakut was sent off for two yellow cards, Sarawut Chantaphan gave Chonburi a 2-0 lead at half-time.

Depsite having only 10 players, Krung Thai got two goals from Phichitpong Cheuichiew after 60 and 73 minutes. But with five minutes to go Pipop Onn-mo scored the winning goal for Chonburi.

In injury time, Krung Thai goalkeeper Kritsana Klanklin was dismissed after kicking Pipop from behind.

Meanwhile, BEC Tero Sasana held Bangkok University to a 0-0 draw to remain third.

The Army moved to fourth after edging the Police 1-0 thanks to goal from Watcharakorn Antakumpoo. The defeat condemned bottom side Police to the first division.

The Navy and Honda FC were also relegated with the other spot to be determined in the final round on November 27.

In yesterday's other matches, Suphanburi lost 2-1 to TOT FC; Tobacco Monopoly drew 2-2 with Nakhon Pathom; Honda lost 2-1 to Osotspa; and Bangkok Bank were held to a scoreless draw by the Navy.

STANDINGS!

P W D L F A Pts

Chonburi 29 19 6 4 49 23 63

Krung Thai 29 15 9 5 40 23 54

BEC Tero 29 13 9 7 45 28 48

Army 29 12 8 9 37 32 44

Bangkok University 29 13 5 11 36 36 44

PEA 29 13 3 13 34 38 42

Tobacco 29 11 8 10 41 41 41

Bangkok Bank 29 9 14 6 26 22 41

Osotspa M-150 29 10 10 9 37 33 40

Nakhon Pathom 29 8 13 8 27 25 37

TOT FC 29 9 9 11 34 34 36

Port 29 8 9 12 35 43 33

Suphanburi 29 8 8 13 33 42 32

Honda 29 7 8 14 26 35 29

Navy 29 5 11 13 20 34 26

Police 29 5 4 20 18 49 19