In front of a 6,200 strong crowd in the palatial surroundings of Hong Kong Stadium, this year’s edition of the Hong Kong Senior Shield was brought to its conclusion today, with Kitchee triumphing over a lacklustre Eastern side to claim their first win in this competition in 11 years. Continue reading
Check out all the action from the semi finals of the Senior Shield 2016/17 in the video below (all rights owned by on.cc).
Kitchee were the first team to book their place in the 2016/17 Senior Shield final after they managed to overcome Tai Po on Christmas Day at Mong Kok stadium by 2:1. The Bluewaves took the lead after Luis Eduardo headed the ball into the roof of his own net from a powerful bicycle kick from Sandro, but Yuto Nakamura equalised for the Greens from close range just nine minutes later. The win was sealed for Alex Chu’s side, however, with Sandro once again proving to be the catalyst as he collected a Rufino pass to spin round the defence and power his shot into the far right of the net.
Eastern will be their opponents in the final after the Blues secured a 1:0 win over Southern. It was the Aberdeeners who had the better of the early chances including a half volley from Paul Ngue that came crashing back off the crossbar, but last year’s top scorer Giovane came to his side’s rescue in the 66th minute with a fantastic long range effort to set up a tantalising final between the two championship rival teams on the 15th January, 2017 at Hong Kong Stadium at 3pm.
KITCHEE 2:1 TAI PO (Attendance: 2,235)
EASTERN 1:0 SOUTHERN (Attendance: 2,660)
In another action packed day which showcased future talent and allowed some vintage stars to display their skills, the HKFC Citibank Soccer Sevens did not disappoint with thrills and goals from start to finish. After some high octane games, Aston Villa put the disappointments of the premier league season behind them and looked to the future as their youngsters defeated a spirited West Ham to lift the cup while Leicester City and Stoke won the Shield and Plate respectively.
Photos by Eric Li, Ryan Kam, Stephen Ng, Ken Wu
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Day two of the HKFC Citibank Soccer Sevens was action packed with excitement and goals galore with teams from all around the world battling it out in both rain and glorious sunshine.
Aside from professional teams, the competition allows amateur players to take to the field as equals to highlight their skills to a wider audience. One such player is the American Shane Jeffrey who turned out for the Yau Yee Select. He discussed his experience of playing in his first ever Hong Kong Sevens.
This was your first Hong Kong Sevens. How was it for you?
It was great. I had known about it last year but wasn’t aware there was an amateur team from HK in it that I could potentially play for so when I heard more information this year I was excited to give it a try. The trial process was tough but gave me the opportunity to meet a lot of good guys and get to know some of them quite well and we came together as a team nicely making it a fantastic weekend.
Unfortunately some of the results didn’t go our way but as an amateur team playing professionals sometimes you need those bounces and a bit of good luck. We gave it a good run and I was happy to be a part of it. Hopefully I can be a part of it for the next few years.
You scored a winner against Eastern. Can you describe the feeling?
Our squad was quite confident in our ability to compete with all the teams in our group and I think we gave a good account of ourselves. It was an amazing feeling to score in the tournament especially against the Hong Kong Premier League champions. I’m just happy that we were able to come away with at least one result on the weekend and it gave us a good confidence boost going into Sundays quarterfinal against HKFA U-21.
Photos of the day including Eastern, Wellington Phoenix, Kitchee, Newcastle, West Ham, Ajax, Hong Kong and Citi All Stars
Photos by Ryan Kam and Stephen Ng
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