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HKPL 2016/17 Round 17: Highlights

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Check out the video below for video highlights of Round 17 of the 2016/17 Hong Kong Premier League.

 

RESULTS

PEGASUS 2:1 SAPLING (Attendance: 401)
YUEN LONG 1:4 KITCHEE (Attendance: 2,019)
RANGERS 1:1 SOUTHERN (Attendance: 541)
TAI PO 1:2 HONG KONG FC (Attendance: 475)
R&F 0:4 EASTERN (Attendance: 294)


TABLE

Position Team Game Win Draw Loss Goal Gain Goal Loss Goal Diff Point
1 Eastern 15 12 3 0 44 11 33 39
2 Kitchee 14 10 3 1 25 5 20 33
3 South China 15 9 2 4 23 14 9 29
4 Yuen Long 16 8 3 5 32 20 12 27
5 Southern 15 7 5 3 33 12 21 26
6 Tai Po 16 7 3 6 20 15 5 24
7 Pegasus 14 5 4 5 21 23 -2 19
8 Rangers 15 5 3 7 16 20 -4 18
9 R&F 15 3 0 12 12 38 -26 9
10 Hong Kong FC 16 2 0 14 11 52 -41 6
11 Sapling 15 1 2 12 14 41 -27 5

 

 

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HKPL 2016/17 Round 12: Highlights

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HIGHLIGHTS

Check out all the action from the Hong Kong Premier League 2016/17 Round 12 in the video below (all rights owned by on.cc).


ROUND-UP

Round 12 kicked off with a 1:0 win for Southern over South China to effectively put the Caroliners out of the title race. The only goal of the game came from a Diego Garrido header two minutes before half time to send his side up to sixth in the league, while the away side slip to fourth.
Defending champions Eastern made light work of relegation favourites Hong Kong FC, as Chan Yuen Ting’s side romped to a 7:0 victory in Saturday’s evening fixture. Giovane Da Silva began the rout with an excellent close range finish after just three minutes, before a Bleda Rodriguez strike doubled his team’s advantage. Second half goals from Tse Man Wing, two from Lee Hong Lim, Diego Moreira and another from Bleda Rodriguez means that Hong Kong FC remain firmly rooted to the foot of the table, while the Blues remain a point behind Kitchee at the top, but having played a game less. Bleda Rodriguez has now scored eleven goals in ten matches.
Tai Po kept up their excellent return season in the Premier League as they overcame Rangers by 3:0. Wong Wai grabbed his first league goal of the season from close range, and headers from Itaparica and Luis Eduardo sealed the Green’s fifth win of the campaign. They sit in fifth and still very much in contention for a end-of-season playoff spot, while Rangers remain in eighth.
Sapling had a two goal lead overturned as they slipped to a 3:2 defeat to high-fliers Yuen Long. The home side’s star player Everton Camargo scored a brace from a fantastic free kick and a cool finish in the box either side of half time, but the Tangerine’s fightback began after Serbian midfielder Aleksandar Randelovic headed home from a Ngan Lok Fung cross. Chan Hin Kwong then leveled the score, slotting home from a loose ball after goalkeeper Shliakotin’s initial save, and Randelovic sent his side up to third in the league with a wonderful curling strike from just outside of the 18 yard box. Sapling remain just two points above the drop spot.
Kitchee remain top of the league after a convincing 5:0 win over R&F in the weekend’s final match. Striker Sandro neeed just five minutes to get on the score sheet after guiding the ball home from a Fernando cross, before Matthew Lam scored arguably the goal of the weekend with a spectacular long range effort. Fernando then turned from provider to finisher after he connected to a cross from a free kick into the box, and further goals from Alex Akande and another for Sandro keep thee home side on course for an eighth league title. R&F stay in ninth but are not out of trouble yet, being just three points clear of danger.


RESULTS

SOUTHERN 1:0 SOUTH CHINA (Attendance: 952)
EASTERN 7:0 HONG KONG FC (Attendance: 1,030)
TAI PO 3:0 RANGERS (Attendance: 641)
SAPLING 2:3 YUEN LONG (Attendance: 413)
KITCHEE 5:0 R&F (Attendance: 1,021)


TABLE

Position Team Game Win Draw Loss Goal Gain Goal Loss Goal Diff Point
1 Kitchee 11 8 3 0 20 3 17 27
2 Eastern 10 8 2 0 29 8 21 26
3 Yuen Long 11 6 2 3 26 14 12 20
4 South China 10 5 2 3 14 12 2 17
5 Tai Po 11 5 2 4 11 9 2 17
6 Southern 10 4 3 3 19 11 8 15
7 Pegasus 10 3 4 3 14 14 0 13
8 Rangers 10 3 2 5 11 14 -3 11
9 R&F 10 2 0 8 6 22 -16 6
10 Sapling 11 1 2 8 12 28 -16 5
11 Hong Kong FC 10 1 0 9 6 33 -27 3
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South China’s Nikola Komazec: Sheer Love for the Game

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Exuberant, energetic and full of life, Nikola Komazec wears his heart and emotions on his sleeve and from the off, it is clear that football is his life and he is living out his dreams. In the course of about half a year, Komazec has lit up the Hong Kong football scene with his passion and zest. Probably the best signing of the season so far, the Serbian goal machine has plundered goals for South China with his sharp mind, quick thinking and phenomenal sense of awareness. With the ball at his feet and near the goal, any opposition should be wary and many fans will remember his last gasp equaliser against Johor Southern Tigers in the home leg of the AFC Cup game against the Malaysian giants.

From humble beginnings in the former Yugoslavia and now Serbia, his sheer love for the game has propelled him around the world. Now he is with Hong Kong side South China and has become a cult hero for his work rate and winning mentality. Komazec is a true football fan who is fortunate to be able to play the game he loves and excel in it and it is not hard to be caught up with his enthusiasm, as he describes how he lives and breathes the beautiful game while his knowledge extends to a whole array of other subjects from travel to film to history.

Komazec has linked up well with his teammate Awal to poach the vital goals which have kept South China in contention for the league. He also adapted well to life in Hong Kong and after stints in both Thailand and South Korea, he is now comfortable in the Asia Pacific.

Nikola Komazec took the time to have a chat about his experiences in Hong Kong so far and of course, the many goals he scored whilst being here.

South China are currently third (at the time of the interview), do you think you will be able to catch up with Eastern and Kitchee?

We will see how the season goes. But we have ten more games and I believe we can be first in May. Everyone knows that this is the biggest club in Hong Kong and we have the squad to finish on top.

Komazec celebrates his vital goal against JDT in the AFC Cup - JRP Borthwick

Komazec celebrates his vital goal against JDT in the AFC Cup – JRP Borthwick

Hong Kong teams play each other many times in one season. Do you see this as an advantage or a disadvantage? 

I am not very experienced with this system in Hong Kong, because if we have 14 or 16 teams then maybe the league will not be as good. Hong Kong does not have that many quality teams. Maybe nine, ten or eleven clubs are the maximum here. So I think it’s okay to play each other three or four times per season.

You have become very popular in Hong Kong, especially amongst the South China fans. How vital is their support to you?

Yeah, I was definitely lucky in this sense, because from the first game on I scored important goals. But this is normal, as this is the footballing life. If you play very well, then fans will love you and if you don’t, then it’s the opposite. I fight hard in all games and this is important for me. I won’t score goals in every game, but I want to show my effort and maybe fans will respect this. Of course, it’s a pleasure to see when fans like me and this gives me confidence for the matches.

You have scored many goals since you have come to Hong Kong. How important have your teammates been in helping you achieve these goals?

Football in Hong Kong has many many great players and I can say that sometimes it is easy for me. We have some top quality players such as Chan Siu Ki, Ryan Griffiths, and Awal. Especially Awal, for me he is probably the best player in the league. I also have many good teammates behind me, such as Sean (Tse) and Phillip (Chan) and they deliver the passes and crosses I need.

Thank you!

 

Photo: Christopher KL Lau

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