Phuket fielded their new midfielder Alef Pochi for this match and benched their Brazilian star Dudu Purcino.
Goalkeeping duty fell to Phuket’ Adisak Doungsri, since teen keeoer Kampon Pathomakkakul has been called back to SCG Muang Thong.
BBCU were missing their key players Pichet In-Bang and Moussa Sylla, and their coach was aiming for a draw at Surakul with his lineup.
But only two minutes after kick off, the cheering Phuket FC fans were stunned into silence by BBCU’s Bouba Abbo, who moved swiftly to head in the ball that his teammate sent from a corner kick and gave the Big Bang a very early lead.
At one goal down so early in the game, Phuket FC pushed on for an equalizer all through the first half hour, but the Islanders’ game couldn’t quite connect, while BBCU turned to defence and waited for their chance to counter-play.
Phuket’s first goal came not from their own doing, but from a BBCU defender. A pass from Thongchai on the left to Giorgi Tzimakuridze went too high for the Georgian’s leap, and the ball fell in front of the goal.
The BBCU player tried to clear the ball out, but he clipped it at the wrong angle and sent it into his own net, handing Phuket their equalizer.
Both teams spent the rest of the first half trying to score a lead. Phuket FC were reduced to 10 men as additional time was called, when Alef Pochi received his second yellow card, and half-time arrived with the score on 1-1.
Phuket FC came out in the second half one man down, but they seemed in tune and played together better than in their first half.
Jakkapong Somboon played very well on the wing, and at one point set up a header for Eak-artit Somjit, but the Big Bang keeeper tipped the shot away. Later Phuket missed another chance to take a lead when Giorgi scrubbed a shot from four yards after a pass from Piyawat.
Phuket’s Coach Paniphol Kaeyerdaem next sent on two new players only few minutes apart: Sukree E-tae, a high-speed striker from Chonburi FC, and Ludo Takam, a Cameroonian striker from Insee Police United FC.
The new duo worked well together and caused trouble for BBCU’s defenders and keeper. Their efforts paid off nearly 20 minutes later, when Ludo netted from a Sukree pass and put Phuket into a 2-1 lead.
BBCU now got aggressive in the last 10 minutes of the game, determined to equalize. They tried hard to stop the attacks from Sukree and Ludo, and two BBCU defenders were booked for committing fouls.
A few minutes later Phuket sent on yet another new player, Chatchai, a centre back from Rayong United, to help with the Islanders’ defence.
When four minutes of additional time were called, some Phuket fans started shuffling out of the stadium, smiling and thinking the team had bagged a home win and three valuable league points.
But their joy was shattered only a minute before full time, when a throw-in by BBCU was tapped down the pitch by a defender who pushed forward into Phuket FC’s half.
After taking the ball 35 yeards he took a shot at the Phuket goal and got very lucky – the ball shot past keeper Adisak and earned a last minute equaliser for the visitors, to the shock and disbelief of more than 3000 Phuket fans present.
Phuket FC are now in eighth place in the Yamaha League 1/Thai Division 1, with one game in hand.
They next play on Saturday, June 13, at Surakul Stadium against PTT Rayong, in the remaining 40 minutes of a game abandoned last month during a torrential cloudburst with the score on nil-all.
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