On Wednesday evening, 26th March 2014, Phuket FC took on Sriracha in their fifth game of the 2014 Thai Division One season. Before the game, Phuket fans were predicting scores of 4 or 3 – 0 as their opponents went into the game pointless, and having conceded 9 goals whilst scoring only 3 in their previous 4 games.
Phuket started the first ten minutes brightly and looked like they were going to control the game; however, they didn’t manage to put the ball in the back of the net after creating a few good chances.
However, Sriracha soon fought back and started creating chances of their own, and their hard work paid off, when in the 29th minute really sloppy defending by Phuket allowed unmarked forward Worachit Kanitsribampen to easily slot the ball past Phuket’s keeper Prapat Yotkrai. It was clear from this error by Phuket that they really missed the presence of Japanese defender Sato, who has made his mark with the fans as the replacement for the much loved Nenebi.
But Sriracha’s lead didn’t lastlong, as four minutes later the hardworking Brazilian midfielder Eber’s free kick was deflected and somehow managed to cross the goal line, bringing the score to 1-1.
Only minutes later, Phuket’s Captain, Wasan ‘Boy’ Natasan, found himself unmarked and coolly put the ball beyond the Sriracha keeper and into the goal, much to the liking of the fans who really have been expecting better things from him. Here’s hoping that it’s the start of good things for the Captain.
It remained at 2-1 when the ref blew the whistle for half-time.
The second half saw Phuket creating chances but again failing to find the goal.
The game remained at 2-1 when the final whistle blew.
Yes, Phuket did get the 3 points they needed to keep them anywhere near the promotion hopefuls they expect to be, but they done so unconvincingly, against a team that still remain pointless.
If Phuket have any chance of promotion this season they really need to start creating more scoring opportunities, and not rely solely on Ney Fabiano to score the goals. Credit where credit’s due, Sriracha done well to make sure that he was well and truly marked out of the game, and I’m sure other teams will play with the same tactic in future games.
The result saw Phuket move up to 8th place in the table on 8 points, only 3 points away from leaders Saraburi FC. However, they really need to make up those 3 points as soon as possible to really be in contention for promotion.
They take on 9th placed BBCU on Saturday, 29th March 2014, who are also on 8 points, and will certainly be looking for their first away win of the season.
Photo courtesy of Phuketfootballclub.com