Connect with us


Phuket FC whale on Dolphins



PHUKET: Phuket FC’s 2-0 victory over the Pattaya Dolphins at Surakul Stadium in Phuket Town last Saturday elevated the home side move from 10th to sixth place on the Yamaha League One table.

Phuket FC striker Andre Louis Rodrigues Lopez of Brazil opened the scoring in the 59th minute, with fellow forward Berlin Nlome Ndebi sealing the match with a stylish solo goal nine minutes before the final whistle.

Pattaya United came to Phuket with a full squad, looking to hold up play with defense and score on the counter attack. The plan almost worked.

After nine minutes, Pattaya striker Milan Bubalo of Serbia broke into space on the far right corner and sent in a cross that teammate Chairat Buran fired just over the crossbar.

The Ronins responded strongly two minutes later with a long ball cross from the right wing by Suriya Prawarana.

Phuket’s Berlin Nlome Ndebi received the ball in front of goal and quickly fired at the net. His shot beat Pattaya keeper Pat Piyaphatpiti, but was cleared off the line by defenders.

The Ronins came close again in the 23rd minute when Pradipat Armatantri passed the ball back out of the Pattaya box to Moussa Sylla, who sailed it over the crossbar from 20 yards.

Phuket FC goalkeeper Piyawat Intarapim had to wait until just before half time to make his first save, from a shot fired by a Bubalo free kick 20 yards out.

Phuket FC had better control of the game in the second half, but it was the Dolphins who came close to scoring first, from a free kick 30 yards out, again delivered by the dangerous Bubalo.

Ronins’ keeper Piyawat survived the test to keep a clean sheet.

Phuket FC fans finally roared with delight in the 59th minute, when midfielder Wasan Samansin slotted the ball into the box for Lopez, who superbly directed the ball into the net by the far post, past a helpless Pattaya keeper Pat.

In response, Pattaya FC ramped up their attack, but failed to capitalize on the chance for an equalizer with a daring overhead kick by Serbian forward Nikola Komazec in the 74th minute.

Pattaya keeper Pat superbly saved an attempt by Phuket’s Berlin Nlome Ndebi just two minutes later, but the patient Cameroonian slotted the ball into an empty goal in the 81st minute after receiving a low cross from teammate Pipat Tonkanya.

Phuket FC Head Coach Songyot ‘Dang’ Klinsrisuk praised his squad for the result.

“This result was earned through hard work by the team and working together.” he said.

“I feel very good, and very happy to see fans with smiles on their faces as they left Surakul tonight. We faced a big team. We had a little pressure in the first half, but the boys handled them very well.”

— Saroj Kueprasertkij


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Hot News9 mins ago

Missing Australian teacher in Koh Samui found

Thailand14 hours ago

Cabinet seems to have ignored 4am nightlife proposal

Video15 hours ago

THAILAND NEWS TODAY | Korean woman arrested for 5-million-baht theft, 6-year overstay

Sponsored17 hours ago

Krungthong Plaza offers endless choices of well-selected plus-size fashion products

Crime15 hours ago

Tuhao’s Chinese gang buys 50 homes in Bangkok luxury village with cash

Road deaths15 hours ago

Bus flipped in Tak injuring 44 Burmese workers, killing 3

Thailand15 hours ago

3 men were arrested for stealing Thai Internet connection & World Cup betting in Cambodia

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Pattaya16 hours ago

Intoxicated Pattaya woman left uninjured after overturning car

Crime16 hours ago

Woman who allegedly scammed victims for over 30 million baht arrested in Pattaya

Bangkok16 hours ago

Bangkok BTS Skytrain fares to increase next year

Thailand17 hours ago

Police put brakes on car rental thief in Bangkok

World17 hours ago

New drug marks major milestone in slowing Alzhemier’s

World Cup17 hours ago

400 to 500 migrant workers in Qatar died due to World Cup, not 6,500

Visa18 hours ago

Thailand advises Indians to obtain visa prior to travelling to avoid long queues

Thailand18 hours ago

Driver furious with Bangkok shopping mall after foreigner accidently causes damage to her car

Politics18 hours ago

Iran promises Thailand it won’t attack Israeli tourists

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11