The Shai Davis Soccer Tournament once again took place at Planet Football on Soi Siam Country Club last month, and this annual competition has now become a permanent fixture on the soccer calendar.
Now in its fourth year, the three regular participating teams, Father Ray Children’s Home, Pattaya Orphanage and Sarnelli House who traveled down from Nong Khai, were joined by a new team from The Regents School.
The Sarnelli House team from Nong Khai.
As in past years the level of talent was outstanding as most of the players play in regular leagues and competitions throughout the year.
The first game played was a replay of last year’s final between the Father Ray Children’s Home and the Pattaya Orphanage. There is always fierce rivalry when these two teams play each other, and the Children’s Home has won two out of the last three meetings, however Pattaya Orphanage won last year’s final and continued that form here by defeating the Children’s Home by a score of six goals to three.
The second match was played between the local Regents School and the visitors from Nong Khai, and it was the Regents School who won resoundingly 6-0.
The following match was between the two losing teams, Sarnelli House and the Father Ray Children’s Home, and once again the Nong Khai team lost 6-5.
The winning Regents School team pose for a photo with beaten finalists Pattaya Orphanage.
The reigning champions from the Pattaya Orphanage were confident that they could make it two in a row and carry the winner’s trophy home once again. However the Regents School team was just too good, scoring five goals before the Orphanage team came back scoring three goals.
The match finished with last years winners receiving the runners up trophy, whilst the Regents School team picked up the winners trophy and also the trophy for top goal scorer on the day.
The fifth Shai Davis Soccer Tournament will be taking place in March 2012, and already the Pattaya Orphanage are promising that they will win the trophy next year, and the team from Nong Khai are hoping that they will one day make it to the final.