Sunday, February 28, 2010
FC Phuket recorded an historic first ever win at the Surakul Stadium on Sunday. The team, who failed to win a single home game last year, defeated Nakhon Si Tammarat 3-1 with two dramatic late goals.
The first home match, against Pattalung, was a disappointing scoreless draw. The second game of the season, away to newly formed Phang Nga, also ended in a draw, and Nakhon Si Tammarat would have fancied their chances of repeating last year’s success when they won 4-3 in Phuket.
However FC Phuket, reinforced by the return from injury of Ivory Coast midfielder Ali Diarra and the arrival of Thailand under 19 international Adisak, are an entirely different proposition this term. The Mighty Sea Kirin, as they now wish to be known, dominated the match from start to finish with some slick passing and movement which was hindered more by the sub standard Surakul surface than the Nakhon Si Tammarat defence.
Ali Diarra provided some much needed steel in the middle of the park and his inclusion meant that playmaker Japan, absent due to sickness, was hardly missed. Diarra was continually able to find time and space and provided the impetus for a commanding first half performance. Adisak’s inclusion at the expense of Anurak, who has long been regarded as the best footballer in Phuket but has seldom impressed in FC Phuket colours, demonstrated that new coach Arjhan Songgamsub is more interested in ability than reputation,
The teenager, who has arrived on loan from Muang Thong Utd, justified his managers faith in him when he twisted acrobatically to head in a cross from an improbable angle in the 30th minute. It was no more than FC Phuket deserved with the passing and movement which they work on continuously in training continually bemusing a statuesque Nakhon Si Tammarat side.
When the fourth official held up his board to indicate there would be one minute of added time in the first half FC Phuket appeared destined to head into the interval with a one goal lead but the referee stunned the home supporters by awarding as penalty to Nakhon Si Tammarat. It was given for an ill advised yet innocuous challenge in the FC Phuket penalty area and the visitors seized the opportunity to grab an unlikely equalizer.
As the second half started it was clear that the surrendering of the lead was not going to deter a raucous home support who were well equipped with flags drums and loudspeakers. FC Phuket were still the far stronger team, as their opponents struggled to keep possession, but were unable to regain any of their first half fluidity and failed to convert their superior possession into clear cut chances.
Another disappointing day at the Surakul Stadium appeared on the cards when an 85th minute cross was flicked on and fell at the feet of Adisak who made no mistake, calmly sidestepping the ball beyond the Nakhon Si Tammarat keeper. With minutes remaining Nakhon Si Tammarat responded by throwing men forward in search of an equalizer but FC Phuket were able to capitalize with a quick fire counter attack which culminated with substitute Nitirol applying the simplest of finishes.
Arjhan Songgamsub was delighted with the performance and in particular by the impact of the new signing, ‘Adisak did very well and I was pleased with him scoring two goals on his debut. Nakhon Si Tammarat beat Chumpon last week but we were much better than them today and I am happy that we were able to win a game in Phuket at last,’ he said.
FC Phuket are away to Chumpon next weekend with the next home fixture, against league leaders Satun Utd, on March 13th.
Monday, February 22, 2010
20th February Phang Nga vs Phuket 1-1
28th February FC Phuket vs Nakhon Si Tammarat 5pm
7th March Chumphon vs Phuket 4pm
13th March Phuket vs Satun United 5pm
21st March Phuket vs Pattani 5pm
27th March Yala vs Phuket 4pm
3rd April Phuket vs Ranong 5pm
10th April Trang vs Phuket 6pm
24th April Phuket vs Krabi 5pm
2nd May Hat Yai vs Phuket 4pm
8th May Phuket vs Surat Thani 5pm
12th June Krabi vs Phuket 5pm
20th June Phuket vs Hat Yai 5pm
26th June Surat Thani vs Phuket 4:30pm
11th July Satun Utd vs Phuket 5pm
18th July Pattani vs Phuket 4pm
25th July Phuket vs Yala 5pm
31st July Ranong vs Phuket 4pm
8th August Phuket vs Trang 5pm
15th August Phattalung vs Phuket 4pm
22nd August Phuket vs Phang Nga 4pm
29th August Nakhon Si Tammarat vs Phuket 4pm
5th September Phuket vs Chumphon 4pm
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Of the three foreign signings only one made the starting line up, Nana Nenebi, from the
A new look FC Phuket seemed to struggle with the pace of the professional game and, while pre season the training had focused on passing and movement once the game kicked off they were continually looking to play the ball long. Without a strong physical presence up front this strategy failed to pay dividends and the first half was notable for the complete dearth of goalscoring opportunities. The best chance of the game fell to striker Anurak, one of the few remaining first team players from the disappointing 2009 campaign, but he took an age to set himself before screwing his shot horribly wide of the near post.
FC Phuket started to enjoy more possession as the half wore on but the Surakul surface, which appeared to have been partially re-laid and looked in terrible condition, was not condusive towards good football.
Last season’s outstanding player midfielder
There was relief for FC Phuket at the other end as a Pattalung header rebounded off the post with the keeper routed to the spot but chances were few and far between in a disappointing match. Arjhan Songgamsub feels we should reserve judgement on the current crop of players until they have got a few more matches under their belt, ‘It is too early to judge, we won’t really know how good this team is until they have played more games together. I don’t know whether I will make changes to the side or not, we will have to take a few days to analyse this performance first. The pitch is not good enough though,’ he said.
Officials say that the newly laid sections of the Surakul pitch should by fine by February 28th the next home fixture against Nakhon Si Tammarat. Before that they have a trip to Phang Nga FC on February 20th.
Robert Odametton’s disappointing departure has left a vacancy for another foreign player which FC Phuket will need to fill if they are to be competitive in this league. Off the field the level of organization has improved dramatically, and there is even now a club shop by the Surakul Stadium, but on the field there is still much work to be done.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Narratiwat finished top of division 2 (southern section) and won the play offs to get promoted to division 1 so this is a very big win for Phuket FC, or FC Phuket as I believe they are calling themselves this year.
Phuket FC's season will kick off on February 14th at the Surakul Stadium against Pattalung. Kick off will be at 5pm.
Phuket FC were formed in 2009 and compete in Division 2 (southern section) of the Thai league along with teams like Krabia, Trang and Hat Yai.
Phuket FC play their home games at the Surakul Stadium in Phuket Town. In their first season they finished second bottom with only goal difference keeping them from the bottom of the table.
Lessons appear to have been learned from that disappointing first season and Phuket FC now have a new coach, Arjhan Songgamsub, who has been taking pre season training at the FIFA Pitch in Cape Panwa.
Phuket FC also have several new players and have benefited from a link up with Thai premier league champions Muang Thong Utd which will see several Muang Thong Utd squad players represent Phuket FC this season.
The squad have been training together every single day since October and should be well prepared to make a better impression when the new season starts in March.