FC Phuket beat Pattani FC, 3-1

PHUKET: FC Phuket came three points closer to their dream of promotion with a strong 3-1 win on the road at Pattani yesterday.

The road win, the Southern Sea Kirin’s first this year, came as the second-place Satun United “Witch Doctors” were unable to work their magic against Surat Thani FC, going down 3-1 on the road.

Surat Thani FC and Satun United are now tied for second place with 27 points, seven points behind the top-of-the-table Sea Kirin.

FC Phuket also got some unexpected help from 12th-place Phang Nga FC, who pulled off a shock 1-0 win on the road at former league leaders Trang FC, who now fall to fourth place on 26 points.

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FC Phuket took the field at Rainbow Stadium in Pattani with some confidence, having defeated the “Big Guns of Langkasuka” 3-0 at their previous meeting in Phuket on March 21.

Sarach Yooyen got the scoring underway early, taking advantage of some chaos in front of the goal to slip a shot past Pattani goalkeeper Artur Philips at 8 minutes.

Phuket FC stretched the lead to 2-0 at 28 minutes, after Nitiroj Sokuma took advantage of another defensive blunder by Pattani deep in their own end.

Any chance of a comeback was ended when Thawin Butrsombat hit the third goal at 82 minutes.

Pattani’s Dumaka got his team on the scoreboard by converting a free kick at 89 minutes, but it was too little too late for Pattani FC, who now sit in eighth place out of the 13 teams in Division 2 (South) of the Football Association of Thailand’s Regional League.

In other division matches played over the weekend:

Yala FC 1 – 1 Chomphon FC; Krabi FC 1 – Phattalung FC 2; Ranong FC 1 – 1 Nakhon Sri Thammarat FC.

FC Phuket’s next match will be at Surakul Stadium on Sunday, July 18, when they take on 10th-place Yala FC.

Start time is listed at 5pm, although the actual kickoffs in previous home games played this year have been closer to 6pm.

— Stephen Michael Fein

Phuket News
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