10/01/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/30/2019 19:11
Kuala Lumpur: Lalenok have capped a memorable first season in Timor-Leste's top tier by being crowned Liga Futebol Amadora champions after securing the win they needed to wrap up the title.
Elsewhere in ASEAN, there was league cup drama in Thailand, Bali United extended their lead in Indonesia and the four semi-finalists in the Malaysia Cup have been confirmed. Read on for the-AFC.com's review of all of the action across Southeast Asia.
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The biggest game in Thailand at the weekend was the League Cup final and with it came a shock as PT Prachuap - mid-table in Thai League 1 - overcame Buriram United 8-7 on penalties following a 1-1 draw to secure their first-ever major honour after Seeket Madputeh scored the decisive spot-kick.
In the league, Port FC moved within two points of both Buriram and Chiangrai United at the top of the standings after a 3-0 victory over Nakhon Ratchasima, while Chonburi's 3-0 win against PTT Rayong was the only other match played in Thai League 1 this weekend.
Lalenok sealed their first-ever top-tier title after being crowned champions of Timor-Leste's Liga Futebol Amadora following a 3-2 win over Academica Dili on Saturday.
Boavista Timor went into the final weekend two points behind Lalenok, but they suffered a 2-1 loss against Karketu to miss out on what would have been a second successive title.
The league championship success caps a remarkable two seasons for Lalenok, who were only promoted to the top division in 2018.
Bali United have extended their lead to 12 points in Indonesia's Liga 1 after Ilija Spasojevic scored the decisive goal in a 2-1 win over Kalteng Putra on Sunday.
Second-placed TIRA-Persikabo drew 1-1 against Semen Padang on Friday to lose further ground on the pacesetters, while they are also just a point ahead of third-placed Madura United, who played out a 2-2 stalemate with PSS Sleman.
Defending champions Persija Jakarta appeared to be moving away from the relegation zone, but a 1-0 loss to fourth-placed Borneo now means they sit just a point ahead of third-from-bottom Barito Putera after the latter defeated Persebaya Surabaya 1-0.
The four semi-finalists for the 2019 Malaysia Cup were confirmed after the second legs of the quarter-finals took place over the weekend.
Defending champions Perak are out after Selangor FA reversed a 1-0 first-leg deficit to win 3-2 on aggregate, while Pahang's 3-1 win over Melaka United saw them ease through 6-1 on aggregate.
Johor Darul Ta'zim and Kedah each claimed 4-1 wins - over Terengganu and PKNP respectively - to seal 5-1 and 6-2 wins and advance with minimal fuss.
The semi-finals, which take place in October, pit Kedah against Pahang and Johor against Selangor.
With the league title done and dusted in Singapore, the newly crowned champions DPMM have been able to play the final two games of their season without pressure, and they treated their fans in Brunei Darussalam to a thrilling 5-4 victory over Hougang United to close their season off in style.
Hougang's loss meant they dropped to third as Tampines Rovers edged into second following a 1-1 draw against Young Lions, while Albirex Niigata Singapore finished fourth after a 1-0 win over Home United.
Bottom side Balestier Khalsa rounded off their campaign with a 3-3 draw against Warriors and the two-time league winners will hope for a drastic improvement in the 2020 season.
Ceres Negros' 16-game winning run was brought to an end in the Philippines as the defending champions drew 1-1 against third-placed Stallion on Saturday.
Second-placed Kaya FC-Iloilo defeated Philippines Air Force 5-0 just a few days earlier but had no game at the weekend. With the difference now seven points, they maintain a slight glimmer of hope of catching Ceres.
Photo: PT Prachuap
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