Phuket FC fielded their near-best line-up, but they missed Geoffrey Doumeng, who was unfit to play. Alef Pochi again wore the captain’s armband for this match.
The first quarter was owned by Phuket, with pressing game from both Thongchai and Eak-artit on the left and Sakareya on the right. They took possession and completely controlled the game.
The tables were turned though when Sri Racha converted their first opportunity with quick through-ball forward from Belgian striker Ndebi Berlin towards his teammate Ivan Boskovic who picked up the ball on the left wing.
Boscovic curled the ball back in front of the goal where Indonesian midfielder Irfan Bachdim scuffed his shot. The ball then fell to Ndebi Berlin, who had plenty of time to set himself for a shot.
He fired with his right foot, and the ball went past Adisak’s outstretched hand into the goal – Sri Racha had taken the lead.
With Phuket reeling, Sri Racha wasted no time, scoring again eight minutes later with the same play, same through pass, and putting them two up after 30 minutes.
Ndebi Berlin dummied the ball, letting the ball run through to Boskovic, who sidefooted the ball with his left foot. The ball went over Adisak and crept in the far post.
Despite having many attempts, Phuket FC failed to find the target again and again. The first half ended with Phuket FC trailing by two goals.
The second half kicked off in pretty much same manner. But Phuket FC fell deeper in the doo doo when Dudu blew his top after a hard tackle.
The Prince got up and into his attacker’s face, drawing himself a second yellow card of the night and and an early shower.
Now one man down, Phuket struggled to stay in the game. Cristian Alex dropped back to help out in midfield, but Teco had to pull off Nene Bi in order to free up his foreign player quota so he could send on Ludovick Takam in his place, and Sato – just returned from an injury – for Kornprom.
Ludo immediately created opportunities for Eak-artit and Sukree, but the Sri Racha goalie was equal to the task.
All hell then broke loose when Sri Racha's short passes outside the Phuket penalty box led to their striker shaking off Phuket's offside trap and scoring.
While short on technique, the Blue Marlins had mastered their one attacking tactic with great aplomb.
The third goal came on 70 minutes when Narakorn Kana was allowed too much space. He dribbled towards Phuket’s byline before crossing the ball into the box. The ball somehow went past all of Phuket’s defenders and fell at the feet of Sri Racha midfielder Irfan Bachdim.
He fired with ease and scored his first and Sri Racha’s third goal.
Just seven minutes later it was a fourth goal from Patiphat Amatansri, who tried his luck from the left side of the penalty box. The striker took advantage of Sato’s hesitation, and fired his shot before Sato could reach him. The shot went into the back of the net from such a narrow angle that the keeper couldn’t believe what had happened.
Five minutes after that, while Phuket's defense seemed to just give up, lacking Nene Bi's strong presence, Sri Racha again broke the offside trap and scored a fifth.
While Phuket flailed, still stunned by how the match had unfolded, Sri Racha sent neat short passes outside of the penalty box, then suddenly curled a long ball forward.
Phuket’s offside trap failed once more and they were punished with a fifth goal by none other than Ndebi Marlin, who stuck his boot out and scored his second goal of the night.
It almost ended with a 5-0 and clean sheet for Sri Racha but Phuket still wouldn’t give up.
Finally, in the last of the 4 minutes of added time, Sukree E-tae got off a pass to Ludovick Takam, who side-footed the ball into the goal. It was hardly a consolation for a 5-1 defeat.
After the game coach Teco said that he was disappointed with the result and said that his players had trouble sticking to their game plan.
The result moved Phuket down to eighth place, and Sri Racha up to 12th and clear from the relegation zone.
Phuket’s next game is on September 14 in Rayong, playing against Rayong FC, currently ranked 17th and second from the bottom. They risk relegation and have been through several head coaches in the past month.
Somehow though after “Coach Mo” Apichart Mosika, Phuket’s former interim coach, returned to the helm, Rayong FC miraculously beat Trat FC in their hometown with a 1-3 scoreline.
The last encounter between Rayong FC and Phuket FC was at Surakul Stadium, and ended in a frustrating 2-2 draw, as Rayong FC scored their equaliser in extra time.