SOCCER: A single goal, scored in the final minute of extra time, was enough for the PTT Rayong Football Club to eliminate Phuket FC in their Thailand Toyotal League Cup round-of-64 match tonight in Phuket city.
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The cup match between the two Yamaha One League (YL1) teams was played in front of about 4,700 spectators at Phuket’s Surakul Stadium.
The match’s only goal was scored by Rayong’s Ivorian striker, Amadou Ouattara, who came off the bench in the second half.
“I wasn’t expecting to play today, but the coach changed his mind, and it worked out good,” said a euphoric Amadou.
Both sides enjoyed a number of chances, and despite the visitors advancing, it was the home team’s Brazilian striker Luiz “Dudu Eduardo who was awarded “Man of the Match”.
Dudu, who had more shots on goal than anyone else in the match, commented: “Even though I was awarded Man of the Match, I’m quite sad… We had many more shots than them tonight. Sorry to all the fans. In any case, now we can focus on the league and promotion.”
Phuket FC Head Coach Paniphon Kerdyaem commented: “The result is regretful as we missed out on several scoring chances. They [PTT Rayong] deserve credit as they were a strong team and we were unable to beat them this time. I also want to laud our players for trying real hard. We made a mistake and let our guard down in extra time, but other than that, played well.”
PTT Rayong Head Coach Noppaporn Eksatra said: “We were under dogs. Our team was not in the best form today. Phuket FC came at us with a lot but we played hard and had good team spirit. Luck does play a part in football sometimes and today we were lucky.”
Following is a photo gallery of pictures taken at the match. All rights reserved. For larger view, click on the image.