Playing in their first match at home for the 2013 Yamaha One (YL1) season, Phuket FC collected their second point in the same amount of games, playing Bangkok FC to a draw tonight at Surakul Stadium.
For pictures of the match, scroll down to the gallery.
Played in front of some 5,400 fans at Surakul Stadium, the crowd included a contingent of about a 100 black and orange shirted fans who had bused it down from the capital to cheer on their “Iron Bulls”.
Based out of Thonburi, which is on the west bank of the Chao Phraya river, Bangkok narrowly escaped relegation last season, although their star striker, a Brit, won the YL1 golden boot.
Although striker Thawin Butsombat had transferred to Bangkok FC this season, the former Phuket top scorer was not fielded against his old team, assumed to be a gesture of “mannerisms”.
It was the Southern Sea Warriors who took the lead twice and lost it twice, the visitors able to find the equalizer each time.
Following the opening exchanges and early missed chances from both sides, Phuket charged ahead from a beautiful free kick in the 24th minute by Kritsada Sakaew, evading the quick hands of Bangkok keeper.
The 2012 YL1 golden boot winner, Brit Lee Tuck found the equalizer five minutes into the second half, however.
Taking advantage of a perfectly placed cross from fellow striker on the right wing, Chana Sonwisetm, Luiz Percino took Phuket ahead again in the 75th minute.
Pirawit Litsriboon scored on a set play four minutes later, however.
Despite four minutes of added time, neither side could gain the advantage before the final whistle blew.
The result put Phuket in 8th place of the 18-team league, while Bangkok moved up into second with four points; in addition to tonight’s draw, the Iron Bulls gained three points on the road, beating Nakhon Ratchasima last week (1-2).
After the match, Bangkok’s Lee Tuck said: “It was a hard game tonight. Phuket have many good players… but it was a fair game. They had some chances, and so did we.”
Now with three goals, Tuck is second in the YL1 for the golden boot award, which he won last year scoring 23 goals for his side.
“We look to improve every year, and I would be very happy if I can get the golden boot award again,” he added
Adding to his double last week, Tuck trails BBCU’s Pichet In-bang (who scored his side’s goal in last week’s 1-1 draw with Phuket in Bangkok, and also scored a hat trick this weekend against Sri Racha)
Othe YL1 results from week 2:
Saturday, March 9
- Saraburi 0-0 Khon Kaen
- Airforce Utd 1-0 Krabi
- BBCU FC 3-1 Suzuki Sri Racha
- Ayuthaya 0-0 Rayong FC
- Royal Navy 1-0 Rayong Utd
Sunday, March 10
- Nakhon Ratchasima 2-2 TTM Lopburi
- Trat 1-2 Sing Thai Port
- Nakhon Pathom Utd 1-1 PTT Rayong