Phuket have been shortlisted by various sports media outlets as one of the four teams who can achieve TPL promotion this season, along with PTT Rayong FC, Bangkok FC & Nakhonratchasima FC, who are now being dubbed the ‘BIG 4’.
“The Big Bang” BB-CU FC, recently relegated from TPL after only 1 season, were clearly looking to win the first game at home, sending out Moussa Sylla, former Muang Thong United and Bangkok Glass FC midfielder and Pichet Innbang to spearhead the attack.
Phuket FC’s Head Coach Paniphol Kerdyaem said before the game he would be careful and hoped that the team would get at least a point; he also said that his game plan would be to be strong in defense with a swift counter attack. He carefully selected his first starting 11 of the season, those including Sakareya Kolea, Nene Bi Tra Sylvestre, Yusuke Sato and Thongchai Kuenkhuntod in defense, and Ake-atit Somjit, Dudu and Chana Sonwiset as his strike force. For the first time in Phuket FC history thee team played in an all-white kit, leaving fans wondering where the 3rd kit come from.
The home side started strong and Roberto Marcio welcomed Phuket with a 20-yard free kick which Phuket FC defenders managed to clear away. Phuket slowly picked up pace and got their first shot nearly 20 mins into the game, however, Nonthaphan’s shot was denied by a BB-CU defender.
3 minutes later the home side took the lead from a free kick from Bouba Abbo which Pichet Innbang did not hesitate to put past Phuket keeper Kampon Pathom-akkakul’s and into the back of Phuket’s net.
Wasting no time and never cracking under pressure, Phuket FC set for an equalizer and it was Sakareya’s free kick that was lopped forward and fell neatly to Nene Bi Tra Sylvestre who leaped and flicked a header past The Big Bang GK into the goal.
Phuket FC’s Back 4 were outstanding, having Yusuke Sato at center back, Nene Bi was more confident to push forward treating himself to more scoring opportunities, those being denied by The Big Bang defense.
But as the game drew neared the final whistle the home side sent a free kick that pitched off the ground into Phuket’s goal, but before they could celebrate the goal the referee called a foul and disallowed the goal.
The home side was reduced to 10 men just before the final whistle as Bunyarit Pathomtas was sent of for a number of heavy tackles on Phuket’s players.
The game ended with 1-1 score and 1 point for both teams.
This Sunday March 10th 2013 will see Phuket FC will host their first home game of the season against “The Iron Bull” Bangkok FC at Surakul Stadium.
The Bull’s has stars including Lee Tuck, Thawin Butsombat, former Phuket FC striker and Olof Watson from Thai Port.
Tickets are 100B for adults with free entry for shool students in uniform or who present their student IDs at the gate.
Come out and join the team and the supporters for the first home game of 2013 and see what ‘The Islanders’ are made of.