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Phuket: With 4-0 win, Phuket FC stay in Thai Division 1

Phuket: With 4-0 win, Phuket FC stay in Thai Division 1

FOOTBALL: An up and down season came to a hault last Saturday as Phuket FC punched in four goals against a much weaker JW Rangsit team at Surakul Stadium in Phuket.


By Jean-Pierre Mestanza

Sunday 28 October 2012, 11:57AM


The win puts Phuket FC in 13th place to finish the 2012 Thai Division 1 season, securing them a spot in the league next year after flirting with possible relegation the last few weeks.

Nonthaphan Jeansathawong got Phuket FC off to a roaring start with his goal at the two minute mark. A goal by Taiwin Bootsom at the 63 minute mark was celebrated by the large crowd, many of whom sat in the supporters section. 

Man of the Match Ibrahim Kanoute put away two goals himself at the 43 and 72 minute marks.

"I'm happy that the team got through this and we have another chance to go to (Thai) Premier League next year. That is the goal," Kanoute said after the match.

The last stretch of the season saw the team pull through adversity that included the hiring of new head coach Anurak Srikerd, their captain surviving a car accident, and the suspension of their goalkeeper.

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Phuket FC now finish with 40 points - six points away from the relegation zone. The team waits for the 2013 season, which starts in February, to get another crack at entering the Thai Premier League.

Teams relegated to Thai Division 2: Phattalung FC, JW Rangsit, Raj Pracha, and Chanthaburi.

Teams promoted to Thai Premier League: Ratchaburi FC, Suphanburi FC, and Bangkok United.

Teams relegated to Thai Division 1 from TPL: Thai Port, BBCU, and TTM Chiang Mai. 

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