Dreams claimed a surprising first win of the season after coming from behind to score three goals away to Yuen Long. The victory is the first ever in the club’s short existence, but was slightly marred due to a neck injury to captain Chan Wai-ho after he himself netted his side’s first goal. Jeff Hardbattle rounds-up the action.
With an expectant crowd of 1,097 turning up to Yuen Long Stadium to watch the Tangerines build on last week’s 1:0 win over Lee Man, and the home fans didn’t have to wait long. New signing Carlos Bertoldi managed to get himself in space behind the Dreams defence, and calmly placed the ball past goalkeeper Tse Ka-wing to put Yuen Long a goal to the good.
But that was about as good as it got all afternoon for Tsan Chiu-tat’s side, and their lead lasted all of twelve minutes. A Dreams corner was met by a Yuen Long defender, who was unable to clear danger with the ball leaping further into danger into the penalty area. Evergreen defender and captain Chan Wai-ho was there to prod the ball home to restore parity for his team, but received a nasty-looking injury in the process. He was immediately substituted with Lau Hau-hei being the man to come on in his place, and was sent to hospital for further testing which will determine if he will face a spell on the sidelines.
The injury did not disrupt the visitors’ new found vigor, and the Dreamers took the lead eleven minutes later after yet another corner was not dealt with, and the lurking Pablo Gallardo was afforded too much space in the box to rise up to meet the ball with his head and send the away fans into raptures with Dreams now leading 2:1.
Yuen Long did have a chance to level the match just before the end of the first half, after an Everton Camargo free kick rebounded back into his path off the wall, and the Brazilian unleashed a shot towards goal but was unable to put his effort on target.
Dreams sealed the victory in the second half with a goal that was somewhat lucky but deserved overall, after Dreams were awarded a free kick just outside of the 18-yard box. Spanish midfielder Joaquin stepped up to take the set piece, and his effort deflected off the Yuen Long wall and into the far left corner beyond the helpless Chan Ka-ho.
It was certainly a great day at the office for Dreams, who secured their first ever victory in the HKPL and will take on Southern at home in two weeks time. Yuen Long will no doubt feel dejected following the defeat, but they will need to try and pick themselves up for their next fixture when they face Rangers away from home.