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Phuket FC draw with Big Bang 1-1

Phuket FC draw with Big Bang 1-1

FOOTBALL: Phuket FC earned a draw in their first game of their 2013 season against Big Bang Chula United (BBCU) FC in Bangkok last night.

By Kazira Hans

Sunday 3 March 2013, 11:04AM

The away match at BBCU's temporary home at Army Stadium in Bangkok also saw the season's first goal for Phuket FC from Ivorian Nenebi Tra Sylvestre.

BBCU were seen as a tough first draw for the Islanders - it was BBCU's first Yamaha League 1 game since they were relegated from the Thai Premier League last season. 

Phuket FC's Head Coach Paniphol Kerdyaem said before the game that he would  be careful, and hoped to get one point from the home side and revealed his game plan with strong defense and swift counter attack.

Big Bang, determined to win the first game at home, sent in Moussa Sylla, former Muang Thong United and Bangkok Glass FC midfielder and Pichet Innbang to spearhead the attack.

The home side came on strong soon after kick off and Roberto Marcio greeted Phuket first with a 20-yard free kick that the Phuket FC defenders cleared out.

Phuket slowly picked up the pace and got their first shot nearly 20 minutes into the game, but Nonthaphan's shot was denied by BBCU defender.

Three minutes later the home side took a lead from the free kick setup by Bouba Abbo towards Pichet Innbang, who did not hesitate to fire a three-yard kill shot past Kampon Pathom-akkakul's reach into the back of Phuket's net, sending Big Bang ahead for the first time.

Wasting no time and never cracking under pressure, Phuket FC sought an equaliser. It came when a free kick from Sakareya was lobbed forward and fell neatly in front of the BBCU goal where Nene Bi Tra Sylvestre took a leap and flicked a header past the keeper into the goal.

Only half way through, both teams were trading punches without slowing down. The tackles became heavy and many footballers from both teams suffered on the pitch. The first half whistle sounded with BBCU and Phuket FC at 1-1 draw.

The second half went on in the same manner but neither team was able to convert their attempts into another goal and another lead.

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Phuket FC's back four were outstanding. With Yusuke Sato at Center Back, Nene Bi had more confident to push forward and treated himself to more scoring opportunities but those were denied by The Big Bang defence.

As the game drew near to the end, the home side sent a free kick that pitched off the ground into Phuket's goal.

But before they could celebrate, the referee called a foul by BBCU and disallowed the goal.

The home side was reduced to 10 men just before final whistle as Bunyarit Pathomtas was sent out on a red card from a heavy tackles on Phuket footballers.

The game ended with 1-1 score and 1 league point for both teams.

Another big game today was the clash between two other BIG 4 teams ''Swat Cat'' Nakhonratchasima FC hosted ''The Iron Bull'' Bangkok FC.

The 10 men Iron Bull charged with tremendous force and stumped The Cats at home with a 1-2 away win and snatched their first three points of the season.

Today's result included another TPL-relegated team Singh Tha Ruea, formerly known as Thai Port FC, played at their PAT Stadium against the new face Ayutthaya FC, recently promoted from Division 2 Central Region, and the Port Lions pounced on the Warriors with a 2-0 win that earned The Lions their top spot on Yamaha League 1 standings.


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