BEN Davis was on the losing side as Thailand Under 23s tasted defeat in the final of the Southeast Asian Games.

The Oxford United midfielder started the 1-0 defeat to Vietnam, but was unable to help his country to the gold medal.

The only goal of the match came in the 82nd minute when Dung Nham Manh was left unmarked to head home from a cross by Tai Phan Tuan.

Despite defeat in the final, Davis had an impressive tournament for Thailand.

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In the group stage, the 21-year-old helped Thailand dish out 5-0 thrashings against Singapore and Cambodia.

He bagged a penalty in the win against Singapore and hit the woodwork twice against Cambodia, striking the top of the crossbar and post with shots from the edge of the penalty area.

In the semi-final against Indonesia, Davis produced an assist for the winning goal in extra time, following a goalless 90 minutes.

Four players were sent off in the final moments of that semi-final with Thailand’s William Weidersjo shown red by the referee, before three Indonesian players were sent off following a fracas.

Thailand had been seeking to extend their record of 16 gold medals at the Southeast Asian Games, but ultimately came up short against Vietnam, who went into the tournament the reigning champions.

Davis joined United from Fulham on transfer deadline day last summer, signing a two-year deal.