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PHUKET: Bangkok Christian College Football Club (BCCFC) were thrown to the lions in last night’s Thailand FA Cup second round match against a rampant FC Phuket at Surakul Stadium.

After a 4-1 win over Chainat FC on Saturday, a buoyant Phuket were certainly in goalscoring form and needed to consolidate their first league victory in six games. A solid win over a BCC team sitting at fifth in division two of the AIS Bangkok Metro Regional League would fit the bill.

Cup competitions in football invariably draw teams together which equate to the “David and Goliath” euphemism. And every now and again a “giant-killing act” is performed, but BCC forgot their sling-shot and Kone Adame squeezed any fight from the Bangkok minnows.

Scoring opportunities came fast and furious from the kick-off with both sides just missing the mark. On 13 minutes the crowd came to life during a Phuket counterattack along the left wing. Kone Adame took on three defenders and caught the goalkeeper diving early to his left to slip the ball past his right foot.

Three minutes later Kone had worked his way to BCC’s end-line. His attempted cross rebounded off a defender, but the big Ivorian reacted well and his half-volley pass was netted by a Seksit Srisai volley to put Phuket 2-0 ahead.

In the 36th minute, BCC showed a little spark of resistance when a perfectly timed through ball was collected by Narakhorn Khana and he sublimely chipped over the advancing Phuket goalkeeper Leuchar from the right edge of the penalty area.

A 44th minute corner saw Nene Bi Tre Sylvestre tower above two defenders and direct his header down into the left corner for 3-1 scoreline at half-time.

BCC brought the game within reach nine minutes after the restart when Khana’s left foot strike skewed into the net at Leuchar’s near post off Wiratoj Janteng’s shins, making the score 3-2.

Moments later Kone Adame scored his second after controlling a cross with his chest and squeezing a shot under BCC’s goalkeeper.

In the 64th minute Seksit exposed a flat BCC defense and had plenty of time to pick his spot and score Phuket’s fifth.

Kone doubled his tally in the space of six minutes with a simple tap in from two yards in the 73rd minute and finished a powerful surge into the BCC penalty area with a near-post strike on 79 minutes.

Kiratikorn Nilamat posted a consolation goal and BCC’s third near the end of the game with a well struck penalty past Leuchar’s lunging right hand to end the game with a score of 7-3.

Other FA Cup 2nd round results from Wednesday:

Samut Prakarn FC 1-0 Prachinburi FC

Krabi FC 1-0 Chiang Mai

Loei City 1-1 Suphanburi (Loei won 6 -5 after penalties)

Chainat FC 3-1 Royal Thai Fleet

Korat FC 0-4 Raja Pracha

The previous six matches last Wednesday, June 8 saw PTT Rayong advance after defeating Saraburi FC 2-1. Songkhla was awarded with a win over Yasorthorn (could not field a team). Samut Prakarn United knocked out Samut Prakarn Customs 1-0, Ratchaburi FC narrowly lost to BBCU in a penalty shootout 7-8. Sports School of Korat lost to Chantaburi FC 0-1, while Kasetsart University beat Globex FC 2-0.

The remaining six pairs of the Thai FA Cup’s second round are scheduled to play next Wedneday, June 22.

Phitsanulok FC will host JW Rangsit, Airforce Utd will host Buriram FC, Roi Et United will host Samut Sakhon FC, Ranong FC will host Rattana Bundit, Muangkan FC will host Bangkok FC and Rayong FC will host Bangkok Utd.

The Phuket Gazette will bring you the results to see who FC Phuket will be matched with in Round Three.

Meanwhile, FC Phuket will hit the road to play in another cup game this Saturday at 4pm against Thanyaburi United in Pathum Thani.

The Toyota League Cup 2011 first round kicks off on June 18 with 21 matches scheduled, nine more on June 19 and two more on June 26.

— Neil Quail

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Thai Airways to resume flights from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and Phuket

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After nearly 9 months on the ground due to the coronavirus pandemic, along with problems balancing their accounts, Thai Airways will resume flights between Bangkok and Chiang Mai as well as Bangkok and Phuket later this month. The flights will start back up on Christmas day.

Flights from Bangkok to the 2 key tourist provinces have been grounded since April 1. Starting December 25, the airline will run 3 flights a week on both routes. A source told the Bangkok Post that the new schedules will run until at least February 28.

Thai Lion Air, Thai Air Asia, Nok Air, Thai Smile, VietJet Air and Bangkok Airways have returned to the domestic skies since July and slowly adding frequency to their routes.

In addition to resuming the domestic flights, the Thai Airways is relaunching some international flights from January 1 to March 27 including weekly flights to Frankfurt, London, Copenhagen, Sydney, Seoul, Manila, Taipei and Osaka. Flights from Bangkok to Tokyo will be available 3 times a week and flights from Bangkok to Hong Kong will be available every day.

Thai Airways has been tackling bankruptcy throughout the lockdown and trying to make up for more than 300 billion baht in losses. Since many flights were suspended due to travel restrictions, Thai Airways has tried to make money by business ventures on the ground, like a pop-up restaurant serving in-flight meals and selling off unwanted equipment from their warehouse. There also disposing of much of their older fleet, including all of their Boring 747-400s.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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97 police officers investigated for fiddling Covid-19 payments

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97 police officers, from 41 police stations, are currently being investigated for an alleged scam involving Covid-19 payments meant for officers who worked extra shifts during the crisis. The case was assigned by national police chief Suwat Jangyodsuk in November, when it came to light that some officers may have fraudulently claimed allowances meant for others.

In one incident, an officer responsible for transferring extra payments to police on the southern island of Phuket transferred the money to his own accountant instead. At the time, the transfer was dismissed as a mistake (in his favour), with the officer in question receiving a warning, and payments then made to the qualifying officers.

Wissanu Prasatthong-Osot from the National Internal Affairs Police says the investigation should reach a conclusion within the next 10 days.

“The result of the investigation should be ready in 10 days. Currently, 97 officers in 41 police stations ranging from non-commissioned to generals are under investigation for being involved in the swindle. The bureau aims to provide justice to all policemen involved. After the investigation concludes, the victims will receive their full allowance, while the offending officers will be punished under the law and disciplinary standards.”

Nation Thailand reports that a full list of alleged offenders has been sent to Suwat, with Wissanu promising that none will escape prosecution.

“The National Police chief had also ordered the transfer of offending officers at the commander and sub-commander levels out of their areas as per the investigation procedures.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce to propose Guangzhou-Phuket tourism route

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A tourism route from Guangzhou, China to Phuket could help the island province recover from the recession brought on by the pandemic and lack of foreign travel, according to the Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce. The president of the organisation, Narongsak Puttapornmongkol, says they plan to submit a letter proposing the route under a travel bubble scheme to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

The Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce is proposing a travel bubble with around 20 cities in China with no recent coronavirus infections and considered to be at a low risk of spreading the virus. Travellers from Guangzhou recently entered Thailand on the new Special Tourist Visa. It was the second flight of international tourists since travel restrictions were imposed in late-March.

“We believe that the Travel Bubble and the quarantine reduction will resolve the tourism business, which is a huge economic opportunity to recover.”

Once a vaccine is widely available, Narongsak suggests that those who wish to Thailand could also present their vaccination certificate or examination reports from the place of origin. He adds that the mandatory state quarantine period is likely to be reduced.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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