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Phuket FC Islanders devour T-Rex in seven goal thriller

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PHUKET: Seven of at least nine goals netted were allowed in Phuket FC’s survival match last night against the Khon Kaen FC T-Rex, with the Islanders earning a convincing three points at home by a 5-2 scoreline.

Played at Surakul Stadium in Phuket Town, the midweek match was played in front of a humble crowd of 2,100.

Languishing in 15th place of the 18-team league, Phuket were desperate for critical points going into their final four games – and their 13th-placed opponents, in a similar “sink or float” relegation fight, were not to be taken lightly.

The Islander’s previous three losing results – to Saraburi, Sri Racha and Suphanburi – seemed to have served their lesson-teaching purposes, however.

Taking advantage of a poorly coordinated T-Rex defense, Phuket scored their five answered goals within 55 minutes of play.

In the opening minutes, Thawin Butsombat drove deep right, sending a pass into the penalty box, where it was deflected out by a Khon Kaen defender.

Stepping up to the opportunity, Phuket’s Korean import Boas Chun followed up and with striking precision sent his grounded shot through to goal, livening up the crowd his second for the team.

Nirun Panthong netted the second goal in the 21st minute, his first of the season, capitalizing on a beautiful evasive pass to the far post from Makalou “Kanoute” Ibrahim.

The third goal came from a corner kick in the 37th minute, with Narakorn Wisetthanakarn diverting his single-touch shot inside the far post.

Thawin scored his first goal of the match two minutes later on a breakaway, finished by a perfectly timed shot to the near post to put the home side up 4-0 going into halftime.

At the start of the second half, all the first-half momentum seemed to remain with the home side, who were awarded a penalty within the first 10 minutes after Thawin was taken down inside the box.

His subsequent spot kick hit its mark as he and fans celebrated the striker’s third goal of the season.

Down 5-0, Khon Kaen finally managed to garner a response 10 minutes later with Supot Jodjum sending the ball into the box, where Argentine power forward Matias Reciohis finished beautifully with a diving header, his seventh goal of the season.

Late in the game, Matias helped his side score their second, heading a floating cross from Saksit Yuencheewit, diverting the ball to teammate Charin Boonhad in the box, who finished nicely for his fourth of the season.

The score remained 5-2 to the final whistle, but players and fans could attest that the deficit could have, should have, been wider, had offside flags not disallowed two otherwise perfectly good goals.

For his outstanding play, Thawin Butsombat was awarded the honors of Man of the Match.

The result sees Phuket climb just out of the relegation zone, into 13th place, with Khon Kaen swapping places, down into 15th place.

However, Phuket’s celebrations will have to be cut short, as their campaign for survival is far from over.

With minimal time to recover, the Islanders are now set to hit the road to take on second-placed Bangkok United on Saturday.

Phuket will remain in the Central region to prepare for their next game a week later (October 20), away to Rajpracha, also fighting for Division 1 survival.

Phuket then return home for the season finale against JW Rangsit, yet another side looking to escape relegation.

Kickoff for the final match on October 27 will be at 4pm.

For goal highlights, click here.

Other Division 1 results last night:

Songkhla 3 – 3 Bangkok FC

Krabi 4 – 1 Rajpracha

Royal Navy 2 – 2 Nakhon Ratchasima

Chanthaburi 0 – 3 Bangkok Utd

Ratchaburi 0 – 0 Suphanburi

Airforce Utd 2 – 4 Sri Racha

Pattalung 1 – 2 Saraburi

— Steven Layne

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Phuket prepares to welcome first Chinese tourists in over 6 months

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Phuket prepares to welcome first Chinese tourists in over 6 months | The Thaiger
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The first group of tourists to arrive under Thailand’s new Special Tourist Visa scheme are expected to land in Phuket on October 8. The Bangkok Post reports that a flight from Guangzhou in southern China will carry 120 tourists, who will spend their first 14 days in alternative state quarantine. They are reported to be travelling under the government’s new STV.

Arrivals who do not pass the initial health screening will be transferred to specially chosen hospitals, as “Patients under Investigation”. Those who do pass the screening will be transported to alternative state quarantine once they’ve gone through immigration processing.

A Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration spokesperson says the resort islands of Phuket and Koh Samui will be the first to welcome travellers under the Special Tourist Via scheme. He pointed out that Guangzhou has not recorded any new cases of the Covid-19 virus for a prolonged period, meaning next week’s tourist arrivals are deemed “low risk”. His assertion is confirmed from the official figures at website recording world Covid-19 cases.

The CCSA reports that there will be a limit of 300 foreign tourists admitted each week, but this will be reviewed after the first phase of the re-opening. All arrivals will be subject to 14 day quarantine, although the Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn has suggested reducing this to 7 days eventually. The CCSA says they are not considering reducing the quarantine time at this stage.

Thiravat Hemachudha from the Thai Red Cross Emerging Infectious Disease Health Science Centre is not opposed to the idea.

“We can study this with foreign visitors who will arrive next month. During the 14 day quarantine they will be tested on the first, the seventh and the fourteenth day. If they are free of infections, we can shorten the quarantine to 7 days.”

However, not all are in agreement, with a doctor from Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University cautioning against any shortening of the quarantine period.

Meanwhile, Phuket governor, Narong Woonsiew, says the province is ready to welcome the new arrivals, with Covid-19 labs in place at Phuket airport, and officials due to carry out a full dress rehearsal today.

Thanit Sermkaew, chief of the Phuket Public Health Office, says over 1,200 rooms at 9 hotels have been chosen as alternative state quarantine properties, with a total of 73 hotels, providing over 5,800 rooms, applying for consideration.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Woman arrested for abandoning newborn baby on a bench in Phuket

Caitlin Ashworth



Woman arrested for abandoning newborn baby on a bench in Phuket | The Thaiger
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Police tracked down and arrested a Burmese woman who allegedly left her newborn baby on a bench in Phuket’s Patong area last week. The mother faces charges of abandoning a baby.

The newborn was left in a reusable shopping bag on a bench behind a Krungthai Bank branch. A woman in the area heard the baby crying and found the newborn in the bag along with a bottle of milk, diapers and clothing. Police reviewed surveillance camera footage shows a woman, police later identified as Ei Ei Phyu, leaving the bag on the bench.

Police say the woman gave birth on September 9 at a local hospital in Surat Thani’s Phun Phin district. Ei Ei allegedly took a van from Surat Thani to Phuket on September 22 and stayed with a friend in Patong. The early the next morning, she allegedly left her baby on the bench before boarding a bus back to Surat Thani.

Burmese workers in the Patong area told police Ei Ei used to work at a local Indian food restaurant before she moved to Surat Thani to work as a rubber tapper. Ei Ei allegedly told police she is not in the position to raise a child.

In earlier reports, police said the baby is healthy and does not appear to have any injuries.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Phuket police arrest 6 after finding large amounts of methamphetamine in raid

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Phuket police arrest 6 after finding large amounts of methamphetamine in raid | The Thaiger

Phuket Provincial Police have arrested 6 people after finding large amounts of methamphetamine and other drugs during a raid. One suspect alone allegedly had 7.6 kilograms of crystal meth (ya ice) and over 12,500 methamphetamine pills (ya bah). 29 year old Surasak ‘Bank’ Wijit and 27 year old Panida ‘Mei’ Saeyang were arrested at an apartment car park in Soi Lookkaew, Moo 6, Rassada, in eastern Phuket, after they were found in possession of the drugs.

Police also found 2 mobile phones and a red Honda PCX, registered in Phuket, as evidence. Both suspects have been charged with posessing a Category 1 drug with the intent to sell.

Other suspects arrested at the same time include 36 year old from Chiang Rai, 42 year old Sarawut ‘An’ Srichanon, from Ranong and 31 year old Pornthep ‘Iew’ Thepchampa, who were charged with the same crimes in Chalong after police found more drugs in their possession. 33 year old Kamon ‘Kung’ Sae-ngow, was arrested as well after police found kratom juice and leaves at a house in Rassada. He was taken to Phuket City Police station and was charged with a Category 5 drug possession.

SOURCE:The Phuket News

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