Phuket FC suffered their first home league loss of the season last night, 22nd June 2014, in a game which saw them come from 3 – 1 down, to go 4 – 3 up, and then sadly concede 2 goals in the dying minutes of the game. The game was the 17th of the 2014 season for both Phuket and their opponents Saraburi FC, and the result saw Stefano “Teco” Cugurra resign from his position of Coach at Phuket FC.
It was Saraburi who started the stronger of the two teams, and due to Phuket’s very poor defending they had taken a 2 – 0 lead by the 30th minute. However, Phuket captain Wasan Natasan was first to get on the score sheet for the home team pulling the score back to 1-2 on the 40th minute, only for Saraburi to score their third just before the half time whistle.
Phuket knew they had to come out and play a different game in the second half and 14 minutes in it was Phuket’s top scorer, Brazilian Ney Fabiano who took the lead down to one goal. Then 9 minutes later Christian Alex surprised everyone, especially the home fans, with a cleverly worked out corner which rather than cross into a fully defended box, he passed short to an unmarked Eber, who smashed the ball into the back of the net, bringing the score back to 3 – 3 and sending the home fans crazy.
With the home fans now fully behind them Phuket kept pushing, and they were rewarded for their efforts on the 79th minute when Christian Alex put Phuket 4 – 3 in front. However, he was lucky not to be sent off shortly after. He was already on a yellow card for dissent, when he stupidly kicked out at a Saraburi player, in most matches this would have been a straight red card, but somehow he managed to get away with it and no card was given.
Unfortunately, Phuket took their foot off the pedal after taking the lead and they were punished for it on the 85th minute when Saraburi’s Thanongsak Phromdad got the visitors their fourth of the game. Phuket were further punished for their lack of concentration when on the final minute of time added on Saraburi’s Errol Anthony Stevens took full advantage Phuket’s poor defending again and slotted the ball home giving the visitors a 4 – 5 victory.
The loss saw Phuket drop further down the league table, and further away from automatic promotion, they now sit in 8th place in the Thai League Division 1. They will now have their work cut out in gaining promotion as after this game Coach Teco decided to hand in his resignation after 10 months in the job, and once again Phuket FC go into training managerless.
Phuket kick-off the second leg of the season this Sunday, 29th June 2014, with an away game against Pattaya United.