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Tai Po dump South China out of Senior Shield

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In a result completely at odds with pre-match predictions it was Woofai Tai Po who were victorious over much-fancied South China, in what was an interesting cup-tie at Mong Kok Stadium. Chris Foley reports.


Tai Po made it clear from the off that they weren’t going to surrender their Senior Shield campaign without a fight, with domineering centre back Everson De Lima laying down a marker early on, receiving a yellow card for a heavy challenge on South China’s Awal Mahama. Undeterred by this, Mahama’s pace proved to be a threat throughout the first half, and almost culminated in an opening goal early on, as he broke down the right-wing and crossed for Nikola Komazec who failed to make contact with the ball – the first chance in what was to prove to be a frustrating afternoon for the Serbian hitman. On the opposite wing, Lo Kong Wai was proving himself to be every bit as threatening for South China, with his tricky dribbling causing problems for the visiting backline. He was unlucky not to create a goal himself soon after, breaking free down the left hand side before squaring to Komazec who missed the ball with the goal at his mercy. After this, Tai Po began to gain more of a foothold in the game, and were unlucky not to break the deadlock at the other end after David Lazari was denied by a last ditch tackle from Bojan Malisic following great work from Lucas Da Silva. Despite the attacking talent available to both sides, goal scoring chances in this first half were few and far between. A tame header from defender Dudu, easily saved by Tsang Man Fai in the South China goal proved to be the only real chance in the remainder of the first half, and the two sides went in at the break level.

Fortunately for the spectators at Mong Kok stadium, the second half proved to be far more exciting than the stalemate they had endured in the first, as the home side came bursting out of the traps after the break. Komazec was denied by a last ditch tackle by Everson Da Lima after breaking through, before Mahama curled a fantastic shot at goal only to be denied by an even-better save by Li Hon Ho in the Tai Po goal. At this point in the game, the momentum seemed firmly with the home side, until, against the run of play, the deadlock was broken by Tai Po’s Wong Wai through somewhat fortuitous circumstances. Brazilian David Lazari, who himself had been a threat throughout the game, drilled a shot low and hard towards goal only for it to be misdirected and land at the feet of Wong Wai who made no mistake in slotting the ball into the back of the net. Lazari almost doubled their lead soon after, curling a free-kick which look destined for the top-corner of the net only to be denied by a fantastic save from Tsang Man Fai. Experienced striker Ryan Griffiths was brought on by South China coach Ricardo Rambo as the home side attacked desperately in search of an equalising goal. However, their search was in vain, with another chance falling to, once again, Nikola Komazec who sent a header harmlessly over the bar following a great cross by Chan Siu Ki. Ultimately this was to be the last real chance for the home side, and after dumping out the thirty-time winners of the Senior Shield, Tai Po will now be looking at this competition as a realistic chance for silverware ahead of the Semi-Finals at the end of December.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Everson Da Lima

SOUTH CHINA: Tsang Man Fai, Sean Tse (Chan Siu Kwan), Andrew Russell, Chan Siu Ki, Awal Mahama, Nikola Komazec, Luiz Carlos (Ryan Griffiths), Chan Wai Ho, Bojan Malisic, Lo Kong Wai (Law Hiu Chung), Leung Kwun Chung

TAI PO: Li Hon Ho (Paulo Cesar), Everson Da Lima, Lew Wai Yip, Dudu, Wong Wai, Lee Ka Yiu, Chan Liming, Lucas Da Silva (Ye Jia), David Lazari, Chan Yuk Chi, Chan Cham Hei.

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Kitchee cruise past Pegasus in style

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Kitchee overcame Pegasus 3-1 in a game largely dominated by the seven-time champions, while Brazilian-born forward Sandro picked up his third goal in three games.


Kitchee applied the pressure on Pegasus early on and were a constant threat down the flanks with Fernando and Lam Zhi-Gin on the wings. The Bluewaves first looked like breaking through a shaky Pegasus defense when former Bundesliga player Lam chipped the ball over to Jared Lum who got past Naumovski from a difficult angle, but his attempt was cleared off the line by Brazilian centre back Eduardo Praes.

However, the Pegasus defense didn’t seem to improve after their first scare and Wu Chun Ming was at fault for giving away a sloppy free kick down by the corner flag. The angle didn’t faze Fernando, however, who managed to float the ball over the keeper and into the net in either a brilliantly guided shot or a lucky cross. Either way, a great goal that finally broke the deadlock in the 14th minute.

Sandro was eventually the mastermind for the second Kitchee goal in the 22nd minute. The silky Brazilian placed the ball through to Daniel Cancela who managed to toe poke the ball towards the Macedonian keeper and Pegasus captain Kristijan Naumovski, who was unable to get a touch on the ball as it slid into the net under his legs.

Joao Emir managed to grab a goal in the 41st minute to bring Pegasus back into the game. A free kick by Emir was blocked by the hands of fellow Brazilian Fernando, which lead to the referee awarding the home side with a penalty. Emir sent Wang Zhenpeng the wrong way, and at half time Pegasus trailed Kitchee by 2-1, cutting the defecit in half.

There were a couple of times in the second half when both teams were a presence in front of goal but none of them managed to make use of their chances until the 51st minute, when Cancela returned the favour and assisted Sandro for his third goal in as many games by drilling the ball across the box where Sandro found no trouble in guiding the ball in. With 3-1 being the final score, Kitchee secured another three points to put them three points ahead of 2nd placed Eastern, who have still 1 game in hand.

Pegasus will be looking for revenge over the league leaders on Friday the 28th when both teams meet again in Mong Kok Stadium for the quarter-final of the Senior Shield.

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HKPL 2016/17 Round 5: Round-up

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Now quarter of the way into the new season, the Hong Kong Premier League returned last weekend after the international break that saw the national side secure victories away to Cambodia and at home to Singapore.
Hong Kong FC were looking to build on their first win of the season as they hosted Pegasus on Friday night, whilst Southern were also looking for their first victory as they faced reigning champions Eastern on Saturday afternoon. This was followed by the highlight of the weekend as arch enemies Kitchee and South China met in a fiery encounter on Saturday evening. On Sunday afternoon, Sapling welcomed Rangers to Hammer Hill Sports Ground, and R&F and Yuen Long rounded off the weekend action. Jeff Hardbattle reports. (All highlights courtesy of and owned by on.cc)


HONG KONG FC 0:1 PEGASUS

STADIUM: HKFC Stadium
ATTENDANCE: 322

Steve Gallen eased the pressure on himself as Pegasus secured their first win in four with a late yet timely goal from Brazilian forward João Emir Porto Pereira. The hosts had battled through 83 minutes of the game with some impressive and solid defending, and the Flying Horsemen were nearly left to rue their numerous missed chances until Wong Chun Ho delivered a ball into the box that was cleared out to Pereira, whose shot looped into the back of the net to snatch victory just seven minutes from time.
Hong Kong FC have now lost 4 games out of 5, but still sit above the relegation zone, while Pegasus climb into third but having played a game more than South China and Yuen Long who follow closely behind.

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SOUTHERN 1:3 EASTERN

STADIUM: Aberdeen Sports Ground
ATTENDANCE: 469

Eastern maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a convincing 3-1 win away to Southern to keep the pressure on Kitchee. The Blues took the lead after a superb ball up field was picked up by Miroslav Saric who duly looped the ball into the net beyond the helpless Tse Tak Him in goal. Just before the half hour mark, both Garrido for Southern and Lee Hong Lim were both sent off for an altercation that typified the intensity of the match. Indeed, six minutes after half time, however, the Aberdeeners restored parity after defender Tsang Chi Hau brought down Wellingsson de Souza in the penalty area. The Brazilian himself stepped up, and although his initial shot was saved by Yapp Hung Fai, Lau Hok Ming fired back towards goal from the loose ball and the ball rebounded into the goal off Tsang Chi Hau to make it 1:1. But Eastern made sure of the points with two late goals, the first after Bleda Rodrigues picked up an excellent ball from Bai He and put the ball into the box for Giovane to smash home, and the second after a nice through ball from Giovane allowed Leung Chun Pong to flick the ball onto Bleda Rodriguez who made no mistake. Eastern now sit in second, 3 points behind Kitchee but with a game in hand, while Southern remain bottom with just a single point.

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KITCHEE 1:1 SOUTH CHINA

STADIUM: Mong Kok Stadium
ATTENDANCE: 3,863

A bumper crowd at Mong Kok Stadium watched a hugely entertaining fixture as Kitchee and South China played out a one-all draw. Nikola Komazec kept up his amazing feat of scoring in every competitive match since joining the Caroliners, when he put his team in front with emphatic outside-of-the-boot half volley after a great ball forward from Leung Kwun Chung. But Kitchee were not going to roll over and concede defeat to one of their biggest rivals, and they got the goal they deserved just after half time, when Lo Kwan Yee put the ball on a plate for Sandro with a great cross into the danger zone, and the Brazilian-born forward headed the ball into the bottom left corner. Kitchee, in truth, had more of the ball and the better chances, but the result still leaves Kitchee at the top of the table with South China five points behind in third place.

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SAPLING 2:2 RANGERS

STADIUM: Hammer Hill Sports Ground
ATTENDANCE: 456

A Jordi Tarres second half brace rescued a point for Rangers despite going 2:0 down. Sapling were good value for their lead and they went in front on 9 minutes, after Everton Camargo threaded the ball through to Liu Pui Fung. The ball was defended, but the loose ball fell to Camargo once again whose powerful shot from a tight angle found its way in. Just after the restart, Vas Nunez made it 2:0 to the home side after a fantastic header from a corner to make it look like a good outing for Sapling. But Jordi Tarres began the fightback after 65 minutes when, with his arm bandaged from injury, he got the better of his marker Yu Pui Hong and expertly headed the ball into the top right corner. He was not done there either, and despite Clayton being sent off for Rangers, the Spaniard rescued a point for his team with a shot from an impossibly tight angle that was too accurate for Siu Leong in goal. Sapling remain in seventh place, while Rangers currently occupy the spot just above the relegation zone.

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R&F 1:4 YUEN LONG

STADIUM: Siu Sai Wan Sorts Ground
ATTENDANCE: 204

Yuen Long produced a classy second half performance to put R&F to the sword and move up into fifth place in the league. It was the home side who took the lead, however, after Xiang Jiachi converted his spot kick, but Yuen Long equalised two minutes later with a penalty of their own, this one hit home by Stefan Pereira. R&F produced a woeful defensive display in the second half, and Yip Tsz Chun took full advantage when he let rip from a deflected cross into the box to make it 2:1. Diego Higino then furthered the Tangerines’ lead after calmly wrong-footing Tsang Kin Fong in the area and stroking the ball into the net. The rout was completed just four minutes later, after Serbian midfielder Aleksandar Randelovic expertly chested down Tam Lok Hin’s cross and smashed the ball past goalkeeper Xing Yu to bag his side’s second win in four games and leave R&F hovering dangerously close to the foot of the table.

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HONG KONG PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE (October 14th, 15th and 16th)

Position Team Game Win Draw Loss Goal Gain Goal Loss Goal Diff Point
1 Kitchee 5 4 1 0 9 2 7 13
2 Eastern 4 3 1 0 8 4 4 10
3 Pegasus 5 2 2 1 9 7 2 8
4 South China 4 2 2 0 6 4 2 8
5 Yuen Long 4 2 1 1 12 7 5 7
6 Tai Po 4 1 1 2 3 4 -1 4
7 Sapling 5 1 1 3 8 10 -2 4
8 R&F 3 1 0 2 3 7 -4 3
9 Hong Kong FC 5 1 0 4 6 13 -7 3
10 Rangers 4 0 2 2 4 6 -2 2
11 Southern 3 0 1 2 2 6 -4 1
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