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ASEAN & East Asia Wrap: Six-win streak for Adelaide United, Suphanburi survive relegation

Kuala Lumpur: Adelaide United were on a high after continuing their winning streak in the A-League, while Suphanburi FC kept their place in the Thai League 1 after it came to an end last week. 

Despite the international break, several domestic leagues across Southeast Asia and East Asia region continued so join as we review the action from Hong Kong to Australia.

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Australia: Adelaide United and Melbourne City on a roll, Central Coast Mariners held back

The race for the A-League title shows no sign of slowing down Adelaide United and Melbourne City closing in on the top spot after an impressive week.

Central Coast Mariners, who had a hold on the top spot the past few weeks, are beginning to shed points with the Mariners falling 2-0 to Melbourne City FC and then salvaging a 1-1 draw with Melbourne Victory five days later.

Melbourne City followed up their win over Mariners with a 4-1 defeat of Western Sydney Wanderers, which saw them move up to third with 24 points and two matches in hand.

Adelaide United also enjoyed a good week, as their 1-0 victory over Sydney FC made it six consecutive wins. On 25 points, Adelaide United are just one behind the Mariners with a match in hand.

Cambodia: Phnom Penh Crown and Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng stay undefeated

Royal Cambodian Armed Forces FA secured their first win of the 2021 campaign after beating Asia Euro United 2-1.

Asia Euro United, however, bounced back strongly four days later to emerge 3-2 winners against National Police Commissary FC to place seventh in the 13-team league.

A goal in each half saw Phnom Penh Crown secure a 2-1 win over Kirivong Sok Sen Chey. They are currently equally tied at the top on points and stats with Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng, who took down NagaWorld FC 3-1.

Hong Kong: Kitchee SC widen gap

Back-to-back wins over the week saw Kitchee SC retain their position at the top of the Hong Kong Premier League.

Kitchee kicked off the week with a 2-1 win over TSW Pegasus FC. Spaniard striker Manuel Gavilan's 29th minute penalty was cancelled out by Sun Ming Him in the second half, but an injury time strike by Matt Orr sent Kitchee home a happy lot.

The defending champions were on fire again four days as they swept past RCFC 3-0, with star striker Dejan Damjanovic finding the back of the net.

Eastern SC, meanwhile, returned to winning ways after beating HK Rangers FC 3-1 The win places Eastern second on the standings with 15 points, with a game in hand with Kitchee ahead by four points.

Happy Valley AA and Southern District RSA played to a 1-1 draw on Saturday. The result meant no changes to both teams as they sit bottom of the standings with five points each respectively.

Lee Man remain in contention for the domestic title as they claim their third win in seven matches after beating TSW Pegasus 2-1, with Manolo Bleda scoring the winner in the 59th minute.

Thailand: Suphanburi FC survive relegation, Buriram United finish second, Port third

The 2020-21 Thai League came to an end this week, and one of the major piece of news to emerge was Suphanburi's successful last-ditch effort to survive relegation.

Suphanburi first played a postponed match against Chiangrai United, and Brazilian striker Caion was the star of the match, scoring two goals in the second half to secure the vital 2-1 victory.

They were still not out of danger just yet, as Sukhothai FC awaits them in their final match, as a win for either side could mean retaining their place in the country's top league. The goalless match continued way into the second half, before Leandro Assumpção slot home the winner in the 79th minute. Despite a red card issued for Sirimongkon Kitbunjong three minutes later, Sukhothai FC were unable to capitalise and were relegated.

Trat FC and Rayong FC were also relegated to T2, having finished 15th and 16th respectively.

Buriram United, meanwhile, ended their season with a 2-0 win over BEC Tero Sasana, courtesy of a Maicon Marques brace. They finish second in the standings with 63 points.

Port FC finished third for the third year running following a 2-2 draw with Nakhon Ratchasima while BH Pathum Thani had sealed the title several weeks ago.


Photo: Suphanburi FC

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