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PHUKET: The Islanders moved up one place into eleventh in the 18-team Thai Yamaha One league thanks to a 1-1 home draw last night with southern rivals Pattalung FC.

Both sides, facing the threat of falling into the relegation zone, were hungry for points in the tense, high-stakes match that saw a new record for attendance this season set at Phuket FC’s Surakul Stadium with 4,118 watching the match.

The Islanders went on the attack early on with a well-coordinated frontline, consisting of Thawin Butsombat, Watcharakorn Klaithin, Watcharapong Jun-ngam and Roland Vargas, exposing Pattalung’s defensive weaknesses in the opening moments.

The Swiftlet’s keeper, Walut Makemusik, was in his element however, and coordinated well with his defenders, Nigerian Goodluck Cliff and Pattalung Captain, Anuwat Jun-don.

Phuket’s defensive and midfield game was equally as effective throughout the first half with commendable teamwork among Nonthapan Jiensathawong, Nenebi Slyestre, Wanmai Setthanan, and Niran Panthong limiting the visitor’s attacking options.

The score was 0-0 at halftime.

Similar to the two side’s meeting back in May, it was Pattalung who opened the scoring, just after the restart of the second half.

Nigerian forward Elvis Wik John outran Phuket’s defense, and timed his shot just right, beating the Phuket keeper coming out to narrow the angle.

Phuket FC’c equaliser came on 64 minutes from a free kick taken outside the box by Watcharakorn “Bird” Klaithin.

Bird’s shot appeared to have received some help from a Pattalung defender, but nonetheless he was credited his fifth of the season making him the leading scorer for the Islanders.

From that point on, the possession and set play opportunities were evenly weighted, though Phuket almost found a winner from another free kick late in the game.

Team captain, Nonthapan, who prior to kickoff had been awarded by the Thai Premier League the Player of the Month award for August, looked to put one of his deadly, signature strikes into the back of the net, but the shot drift just wide of right-hand post.

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With the final score 1-1, both sides moved up one place in the table, inching away from the five team relegation zone.

Pattalung’s next match will be at home next Saturday against league leaders, Ratchaburi.

Meanwhile Phuket FC will hit the road, next up against 10th place Gulf Saraburi FC this Sunday, an away fixture to be played at Saraburi’s PPAO (OrBorJor) Stadium.

In the two side’s first meeting this season, the Saraburi “Warlords” prevailed 0-1 in Phuket.

Last season Saraburi egded Phuket with a win and a draw. The Islanders will look to grab at least a point to continue their march to safety.

Kickoff is set for 6pm.

Other Division 1 results from the weekend are as follows:
PTT Rayong 2 – 1 Khon Kaen
Rajpracha 0 – 1 Bangkok FC
Chanthaburi 1 – 2 Gulf Saraburi
JW Rangsit 1 – 1 Korat
Royal Navy 1 – 2 Sri Racha FC
Ratchaburi 3 – 1 Airforce United
Krabi 0 – 1 Suphanburi
Songkhla 0 – 3 Bangkok United

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

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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.

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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Phuket Muay Thai fighter is the first Thai national to compete in UFC

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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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Phuket airport ready for tourists after finishing Covid screening labs

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Phuket Airport is officially ready for tourists as authorities say they have finished installing Covid screening labs in an effort to welcome international travellers. The 5T Model for Covid-19 is being used at the airport with the goal of screening large groups of people in a quick and efficient manner. The Phuket health chief says the 5T’s stand for Target, Testing, Treating, Trusting and Tracing.

Phuket has one large airport at the north end of the island but is separated into two separate terminals – a domestic terminal (the original airport terminal), and a new international terminal opened in 2016.

The target category refers to the target groups of tourists while the tracing stands for software that will be used to monitor their movements. The testing category refers to Covid tests that will be implemented to travellers upon arrival along with the treatment and trust categories signifying the readiness of resources for medical treatment and confident communications between all parties respectively.

The Covid-19 lab container module has been set up at Phuket airport’s Terminal X (the terminal opened for charter flights opened in 2014) and will be tested tomorrow with its operation to start on September 30. As large groups of tourists could arrive (later in the year, the lab is reportedly capable of testing 96 people at a time with test results becoming available in 6 hours. What the airport would do withe tested passengers whilst waiting for 6 hours, has not been detailed at this stage.

Such a readiness plan to welcome foreign tourists originally singled out Phuket due to its popularity with travellers, and as a so-called guinea pig model to test in a controlled environment (Phuket is an island joined to the Thai mainland by a single 300 metre road bridge). Once dubbed the Phuket Model, authorities have proposed to rename the plan to “Special Tourist Visa” due to the confusion and opposition it reportedly caused. The scheme is reportedly now being proposed for all areas of Thailand but only allowing foreigners from specific countries.

SOURCE: Pattaya Mail

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