FA CUP RECAP: 15 T1 sides advance to Second Round

15 out of 16 T1 sides advanced to the last 32 of the FA Cup, with many of the big teams running up large scores against lower-tier opposition.

The only top division side to bow out at the first round was Nakhon Ratchasima, who lost in the round’s sole all-T1 clash against Samut Prakan City. The game’s only goal came in the first half, when Teeraphol Yoryoei managed to pick his spot from the edge of the box.

Defending champions Port FC were given a scare by T3 outfit Bangkok FC, who led their visitors for most of the game. The late introduction of Sergio Suarez and Bodin Phala turned the game on its head, and the Lions emerged 4-2 victors after extra time. Chiangrai similarly faced a tougher-than-expected challenge from third-tier Nonthaburi United, and needed a penalty five minutes from time to secure their progression.

Elsewhere, BG Pathum United had to struggle for their win against Udon Thani FC on Sunday evening. The T1 leaders, fielding a close to full-strength side, opened the scoring thanks to an excellent first-time effort from Thitipan Puangchan. An equaliser from defender Aleksandar Kapisoda took the game to extra time, but a strike from Chaowat Veerachat guaranteed the visitors safe passage to the second round.

Meanwhile, other T1 sides managed to run up the score against far weaker opposition: Muangthong emerged 10-0 victors over amateur side Patthana Nikhom City; Buriram dispatched Samut Songkhram 9-0; Sukhothai FC put the same number past Surindra YMA; and lastly, both Chonburi and Prachuap managed 7-0 away wins against Kalasin Sauropod (amateur) and Khon Kaen Mordindaeng (T3) respectively.

Only five T2 sides remain in the competition, compared to 9 from the division below them. Chiangmai United, Khon Kaen FC and Chainat Hornbill all bowed out of the competition, joining sides like Sisaket and Khon Kaen United who failed to pass the qualifying round. On the other hand, two of T3’s in-form sides, Songkhla FC and Muangkan United, managed 9-0 and 11-0 wins respectively over amateur opposition.

The draw for the second round of the FA Cup is set to take place on Thursday, November 12th, and matches will be played on the weekend of December 5th.

gianchansrichawla

Thai League fan and writer. Editor at Football Tribe Asia. University student.

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