In our last report we pointed out that so far this season Phuket FC had faired equally as good as some of the higher-placed AIS Southern Region Division 2 teams, and coming away with a point following a 4-4 draw with the top of the table team on Saturday is yet another clear testament to this, irrespective of our mid-table standing.
Going into Saturday’s game, the 19th of the 22-fixture season, the Andaman Dragon sat seven places below the table-topping Roosters at 8th with 24 points in the 12-side table, while Surat were on 38.
In Phuket’s home game to Suratthani FC back in May, a poor referee decision in the final minutes of the game meant that Phuket also had to take a point from that game. (See story here.)
Phuket’s then Ivorian forward Dosso Mamoudou was clearly taken down inside Suratthani’s penalty box, but some how, and for reasons only he knows, the referee failed to award a penalty.
The Phuket News is happy to report there were no such incidents or controversy in Saturday’s away leg.
However, there was one disappointing factor to Saturday’s game, and that is Phuket took the lead three time and each time quickly lost those leads.
But saying that, this is kudos to the Suratthani players and shows why the team sit where they do in the league table.
It was Phuket’s Thai forward Akkarapol Meesawat (17) who opened the scoring just three minutes into the the game, but that lead was taken away just minutes later.
The Dragon then took the lead again with a goal from their 19-year-old Danish striker Marcus Lassen (9), but once again Suratthani soon brought the score level.
But it was Phuket’s Sukree Etae who put Phuket in the lead again just before the half way mark. It was 2-3 when the teams went in at the end of the first 45.
There were no changes made by either team in the half-time break, and the game pretty much continued in the same fashion as the first, but about 20 minutes in the Roosters brought the score level once again.
But around 10 minutes later Suratthani gave themselves the lead for the first time in the game, and this forced Phuket to make some much needed substitutions, not due to the team’s performance, but simply because it was clear that due to the end-to-end action players were starting to tire.
But Phuket didn’t give up, in fact, they tried desperately to at least go home with a point. And with just a minute or two of normal time remaining they were rewarded for their effort when Nattapom Maya (7) brought the score level to 4-4.
Following the game a large number of the fans who had made the four-hour journey down to the Surat Thani Provincial Stadium joined the players and coaching staff on the pitch to celebrate the result, something a little unusual as sadly Phuket fans often only celebrate in such a manner when the team have taken three points.
The point took Phuket up one place to 7th in the table now on 25 points. Suratthani still sit at the top of the table now on 39 points.
Phuket now only have three games remaining in the official 2016 season, the first being at home today (Aug 24) against second placed Nara United.
They then travel over the bridge to take on second from bottom Phangnga FC on Sunday (Aug 28). And their final game will be away to Pattani FC on Sunday Sept 4.
Kick-off for tonight’s game is set for 7pm with admission at B50 for adults and free for kids who present a student ID card.
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