Click to download Tribute to His Majesty PDF

The Phuket News Kata Rocks The Phuket News Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort
The Phuket News Phuket Sport
The Phuket News Phuket | Thailand | World  | Surf Report  | Predictions XML, RSS, Feed
The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News

Phuket FC draw Ranong amidst tightened security

FOOTBALL: Despite a large number of Phuket’s weekend activities being cancelled due to Friday’s (Aug 12) bomb explosions in the island’s entertainment hub Patong, Phuket FC’s game went ahead as scheduled on Saturday evening (Aug 13) amidst tightened security.

football,


Matt Pond

Monday 15 August 2016, 01:08PM


Phuket's Marc Lassen is taken out by a Ranong United defender. Photo: Hari Jib
Phuket's Marc Lassen is taken out by a Ranong United defender. Photo: Hari Jib

Phuket FC’s management originally sought to cancel the game following Friday’s incidents, however, officials from their opponents, Ranong United, were adamant the game went ahead.

Officials from both clubs also considered playing the game behind closed doors, but after Phuket FC managed to draft in extra police and security the game kicked-off as scheduled at 7pm with around just over 700 fans in attendance.

Going into Saturday’s game, the 18th of the 2016 season, the Andaman Dragon sat at 6th in the 12-side AIS Southern Region Division 2 table on 23 points, while the visiting Andaman Sharks sat at 3rd on 30 points.

Following Phuket’s win against Trang FC the previous week, which saw the team come back twice from being a goal down, fans were hoping for a repeat performance. However, many must have been disappointed that the game remained goalless after the full 90 minutes.

Much of the reason for the goalless draw was down to a waterlogged pitch which clearly took its toll on the players of both team’s legs even after the first 45 minutes.

Neither team really had a clear scoring opportunity during the 90 minutes, and Phuket were clearly missing key play-maker Sukree Etae who was unable to play due to personal reasons. Sukree was key to Phuket’s victory against Trang FC on Aug 14.

Another thing lacking from the game, and has been missing from Surakul Stadium all this season is Phuket’s vocal support which has always been a highlight of many games in past seasons.

Support this season mainly only comes when the team are winning, and not when they need they need it the most, when they’re drawing or have fallen behind.

Other games played at the weekend certainly didn’t go Phuket’s way, as despite coming out with one point the team actually dropped two places to 8th in the table on 24 points, while Ranong dropped one place to 4th on 29 points.

Unit - 27

However, there is one thing the fans and club management should take a positive from this season.

Though it is now clear that Andaman Dragon will not likely not be able to reach a position to qualify for the final Division 2 Champions League promotion play-off round at the end of the year, and thus vie for promotion to the second-tier League 1 division next season, the club still have a lot to play for in the final leg of the season thanks to the planned implementation of a new league system next year – one that ensures that even draws hold more weight on a club’s promotion prospects.

In some games, for example, Phuket should have actually taken three points, such was the case against top of the table Suratthani FC, but poor refereeing decisions meant that the results didn’t go their way.

As it stands, Phuket still also have a chance to make the top five of D2 South, and with the new Thai League Championship league to be added next year, the 3rd and 4th placed teams from the eight regional divisions will automatically get promoted to it.

This league will effectively be the new third tier of the Thailand professional football leagues for the 2017 season and will be divided into two zones with 16 teams in each zone. These teams will join the 13 teams who fail to gain promotion to Division 1 from the Championship knock out round at the end of the year.

Meanwhile, teams placed at 5th in the eight regional divisions will also have a chance to move up from division 2 by competing in a play-off in which the top three teams will gain a place in the new Thai League Championship.

Whatever the outcome in Phuket's four remaining matches, hopefully the club won’t repeat mistakes of past seasons in which vast changes are made to coaches and players and the team is not given the chance to build on what they have already in place.

Most professional football clubs are not successful in their fist year in competition, however, they build on the teams they already have in place to make them stronger and better and they are then able to fight for promotion in the second season.

The Phuket News is proud media sponsor of Phuket FC.

 

 

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Comment on this story
* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.
Comments Here:
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
CAPTCHA
    Forget your password?

Be the first to comment.

The Phuket News
The Phuket News The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Share this
The Phuket News
Have a news tip-off? Click here
The Phuket News
Related stories
The Phuket News
Phuket community

Recent Comments


Phuket Waterworks Authority announces more water shut-offs

Splendid! Of course this are typical works you wait for to do it during high season, right?...(Read More)


Phuket beach erosion protection project put on hold

Joe12, I do hope you have a reply yo "Engineer's" comment. I wait with bated breath....(Read More)


Phuket beach erosion protection project put on hold

This design for erosion defense is only suitable for retaining walls such as in a klong or river and also requires impacted backfill for stability. ...(Read More)


Patong Mayor unveils plans for Loma food centre as vendors agree delayed eviction

@yvonne: You are right, people like "street food", but there is no shortage of places to find it. Especially in Patong there are street vend...(Read More)


No charges over Aussie tourist injured in Patong parasail plunge

I have asked before why, if no businesses are allowed on the beach, are jet skies and parasailing still allowed? I formally challenge the governor to ...(Read More)


New Phuket underpass to add more delays to reaching airport

I have to agree, totally unnecessary. Traffic flow is fine as it is....(Read More)


Dhammajayo ‘won’t get bail’

Kurt: So he was deviating from his non functioning? Ok, makes perfect sense now...not....(Read More)



New Phuket underpass to add more delays to reaching airport

Phuket Airport is a mess for coming and going traffic, due to renovation. Now another nearby location becoming traffic wise a disaster for 3 years. ...(Read More)


Army hunts down Phuket taxi driver for refusing airport tourist passenger

Maybe I have been lucky but I have used taxis from Phuket airport to Cherng Talay many times and never had a problem - always on the meter, courteous ...(Read More)

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Bangkok Hospital Phuket
PHUKET NEWS
Phuket
Thailand
World
Business
Q A
Weird World
ARCHIVE
POLL
CURRENCY
WEATHER
PHUKET TIDE TABLE
The Phuket News PHUKET LIFE
Phuket Arts
Phuket Community
Phuket Culture
Phuket Dining
Phuket Education
Phuket Entertainment
Phuket Environment
Phuket Health
Phuket People
Phuket Technology
Phuket Travel
Photo Galleries
COLOURING BOOK
The Phuket News PHUKET SPORT
Phuket
Thailand
World
SURF REPORT
PREDICTIONS
The Phuket News PHUKET CLASSIFIEDS
Phuket Buy and Sell
Phuket Jobs
Phuket Property
Phuket Cars and Boats
Phuket Community
Phuket Services
SEARCH CLASSIFIEDS
POST CLASSIFIED
The Phuket News The Phuket News PHUKET EVENTS
Phuket Event listings
Phuket Event calendar
Buy Tickets
POST EVENT
The Phuket News PHUKET DIRECTORY
Phuket Bars, pubs and clubs
Phuket Hotels and villas
Phuket Restaurants
Phuket Yellow Pages
POST LISTING
The Phuket News BARGAINS
The Phuket News ABOUT US
The Company
Distribution points
Subscribe
Advertise with us
Pay for advert
Contact us
CONTESTS
Content Google Map
Site map
Australian Visa Services
 
Currency - The Phuket News   Weather Report - The Phuket News   Surf Report - The Phuket News
LinkedIn - The Phuket News   Twitter - The Phuket News   YouTube - The Phuket News   Facebook - The Phuket News
Copyright © 2016 Class Act Media. All rights reserved. | Website usage terms and conditions | Privacy and Confidentiality Statement.