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Liverpool stunned by Oldham to cap FA Cup shocks
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PHUKET: Third-tier Oldham Athletic rekindled memories of happier days by slaying seven-times winners Liverpool 3-2 at home yesterday, capping a weekend of FA Cup fourth-round shocks that gave the Premier League a bloody nose.

The hard-up League One side, who put three backroom staff on gardening leave last month to cut costs, were rewarded with a tie against Everton at their antiquated Boundary Park home in the fifth round.

Tottenham Hotspur became another major top-flight casualty after losing 2-1 at Championship (second division) Leeds United, who must now travel to 2011 winners Manchester City.

Holders Chelsea were also heading for a surprise defeat at third-tier Brentford until much-maligned striker Fernando Torres hit a late equaliser to salvage a 2-2 draw and a replay at Stamford Bridge.

Defeat for last season’s beaten finalists Liverpool and Spurs took the number of Premier League casualties losing to lower division opponents in the last 32 to five following defeats for Norwich City, Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa.

Norwich suffered the humiliation of becoming the first top-flight side to lose to a minor league team for 24 years when they were beaten 1-0 at home by Luton Town on Saturday.

Oldham, languishing in 19th place in League One, were irresistible in front of their own fans, going ahead with a Matt Smith header in the second minute.

On a pitch cleared of heavy snow, Luis Suarez leveled but Smith’s second and a third goal from on-loan Reece Wabara made it 3-1 after 48 minutes.

Joe Allen’s deflected volley with 10 minutes left gave Liverpool hope but, despite relentless pressure, they could not find another with Steven Gerrard rattling the crossbar from long range.

“There are a lot of emotions at the minute. I am very proud and I am very pleased for the fans as it has been a long time without success for them,” Oldham manager Paul Dickov told BBC Radio 5 live.

“I was a lucky boy to have the playing career I had but this is the top moment.”

Former Scotland striker Dickov has cut his managerial teeth at Oldham since 2010 after a much travelled playing career that included stints with Manchester City, Leicester City and Blackburn Rovers among a host of clubs.

Hard times
Oldham have faded into the obscurity of the lower divisions since relegation from the Premier League in 1994, including a period in administration.

Just a month earlier they had been within a whisker of reaching the FA Cup final, conceding a goal in the final minute of extra time against Manchester United in the semi-final at Wembley to be taken to a replay.

United won that 4-1 and Oldham have been left to reflect on what might have been ever since.

Leeds have also fallen on hard times in recent years but rekindled happier days by sinking Spurs at Elland Road.

Well-taken goals from Luke Varney and Ross McCormack put Leeds, Cup winners in 1972, in control with Clint Dempsey’s header not enough to save the Londoners.

“It was a fabulous performance. It was a fabulous cup tie, they gave everything. There were a lot of heroes today and we enjoyed it,” Leeds manager Neil Warnock said.

Chelsea, FA Cup winners in four of the last six seasons, were grateful of another chance after Torres swept home on 83 minutes to peg back Brentford who had twice led at Griffin Park.

Having missed out on one Wembley appearance after losing over two legs to Swansea City in the Capital One (League) Cup semi-finals, Chelsea were in trouble when Harry Forrester’s 73rd-minute penalty put the modest west London side 2-1 up.

But Torres, a pale shadow of the striker that Chelsea paid a British transfer record fee of 50 million pounds for in 2011, kept the Cup holders in the competition with a precise finish.

“I was pleased with the reaction of the players, we were much better in the second half,” Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez told reporters.

“We knew what Brentford were capable of and they did it well, so credit to them, but we need to do our job in the replay.”

Brentford went ahead through Marcello Trotta in the first half before Brazilian Oscar equalised 10 minutes into the second half.

The winners of the replay will play away at second-tier Middlesbrough.

— Phuket Gazette Editors

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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.

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

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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.

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The upcoming Ultimate Fighting Championship Fight Night event in Abu Dhabi will feature Thailand’s only national marking her third fight with the UFC, the world’s largest mixed martial arts competition. 24 year old Loma Lookboonme, from Burirram in northeastern Thailand, will fight in the event on October 3, 2020.

Loma is a Muay Thai fighter who has adapted her MMA skills to fight in the UFC where she currently trains at the Tiger Muay Thai gym in Phuket. Loma qualified for the national team at the age of 19 and has fought in over 12 nations worldwide. She currently trains 6 days a week starting daily at 6:30am with a 3 kilometre run. In the UFC, she will be competing against China’s Angela Lee who is the undisputed champion of the 52 kilogram fist weight category.

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Loma’s parents are former Muay Thai fighters and her 2 sisters currently compete as well. She reportedly started training at 8 years old after being inspired by her father, whom she describes as her “hero.”

Like most Thais in such fighting sports, Muay Thai offers a way to rise out of poverty-and fighting for the UFC can be financially lucrative. But Loma says her only Thai sponsor is the gym where she trains, with the rest of her sponsors being from foreign brands. She says she is trying to get more Thai sponsors but feels that maybe she needs to win the UFC first before Thai brands notice her.

Loma lost her last fight and says her new opponent gives her nothing to lose. She says her goal is to get into the Top 10, but is not sure when it will happen. Loma says for now, it would be good to fight against someone in the Top 10 to help her prepare for her future.

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