On a lively November day, under the bright lights of Supachalasai Stadium, the 30th Jaturamitr Unity Football Tournament kicked off with an electrifying first game. The contenders were the seasoned players from Suankularb Wittayalai School’s ‘Sky Blues,’ who have claimed the championship title an impressive 16 times, squaring off against the equally illustrious ‘Violet Brewers’ from the halls of Bangkok Christian College, whose trophy case also boasts 16 wins. This was a match of former titans, with each team having previously tasted the sweet victory of past tournaments.
The crowd held its breath during the opening half when, at the half-hour mark, Bangkok Christian College positioned itself for a promising lead. A penalty kick, a chance to surge ahead, was awarded, only to ripple spectators’ nerves when Pitchaya Khongsi’s determined strike was thwarted by the exceptional reflexes of Rose College’s goalkeeper, Kawin Phithaksali.
Tension ratcheted up in the second half as Suankularb Wittayalai School unleashed a surge of tactical prowess. In the 54th minute, Attaset Thongnak’s deft maneuvering left the defense scattered as he charged the ball to the penalty area. A swift succession followed as Setthawut Phongchitsupaphap received the pass and with a composed finesse, propelled the ball past the goal line to claim a 1-0 lead.
But the triumph was not solely held by Suankularb Wittayalai School. Bangkok Christian College, in a determined retort, amplified their offense. Their efforts came to fruition as the 76th minute was marked by an unfortunate shift in records—an own goal by Suankularb Wittayalai School’s defender, Kunakorn Suwannakumarn, pulling the rivals back to an equal score.
Looking ahead to the next match day, Monday, November 13, the schedule heralds more exhilarating matchups. At 1:00 PM, the vibrant squad from Assumption College will test their mettle against the ‘Sky Blues’ of Suankularb Wittayalai School. The day’s excitement will continue to mount as 4:00 PM promises a clash between Debsirin School School and the resilient ‘Violet Brewers’ of Bangkok Christian College. Each team will fight for glory and a coveted spot in the storied Jaturamitr Unity Football Competition annals.