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Southern on top as Mangkhut devastated Hong Kong

Photo: HKFA

Only three matches have been played this weekend, due to super typhoon Mangkhut, which brought serious damage to Hong Kong, including the Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground, Southern’s Aberdeen Sports Ground and Kitchee’s training centre in Shek Mun. Nonetheless, the early match on Friday saw Southern getting their second win in a row to rise to the top of the league. Meanwhile, Tai Po and Pegasus turned into a seven-goal thriller with the better end for the Greens. Yuen Long surprised many after beating Lee Man 2-0, before all remaining matches scheduled for Sunday had to be postponed. 

Southern played Dreams on Friday night, September 14th, at Tsing Yi Sports Ground, with the Aberdeeners celebrating a 2-0 victory in the end. Shortly after kickoff, Dreams had a number of chances to open the scoreline, but Diego Higino’s and Joaquin Garcia’s effort both hit the frame of the goal. Lau Hok-ming pushed Higino right after, but the Brazilian’s following penalty was saved by Tse Tak-him. Meanwhile, Southern had a number of chances from corners, but Beto Fronza’s attempt was saved by To Chun-kiu. The deadlock was finally broken by Southern in the 74th minute when Komazec’s corner found James Ha who headed home from close range. In the 87th minute, Southern’s Dhiego Martins showed superb skills when he went past several Dreams defenders, before blasting the ball into the top of the net, securing Southern a 2-0 win and putting the Aberdeeners on top of the league.

Tai Po was victorious over Pegasus in a seven-goal thriller on Saturday. An error by the Pegasus defense in the sixth minute allowed an unmarked Lee Ka-yiu to open the scoreline with a header. Centre-back Edurado Praes doubled the Greens’ lead just two minutes later from a corner by Igor Satori. Meanwhile the Flying Horsemen only registered one shot on goal in the first half, but Walter Junior’s effort was well saved by Li Hon-ho. The match took a dramatic turnaround in the second half. Igor Satori dribbled past two Pegasus defenders, before placing his shot in the corner of the net. Pegasus fought back with goals from Shu Sasaki and an own goal by Edurado Praes, but Chung Wai-keung’s shot from the middle of the box put Tai Po back into a two-goal lead. Substitute Mahama Awal’s goal from close range in the 72th minute gave Pegasus some hope of getting a draw. Some away supporters demanded a call for penalty after Walter Junior was tripped inside the box, but referee Lau Fong-hei let the game continue, making it the first win for Tai Po this season.

Lee Man suffered heir second defeat of the season, after Yuen Long bagged an unexpected 2-0 win at Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground. As expected, Lee Man got most of the possession, but Yuen Long’s counter attack turned out to be the bigger threat. In the 20th minute Yuen Long captain Fabio’s long pass found Diego Moser, who calmly put the ball past Yuen Ho-chun, shaking off the pressure given by defender Crescendo van Berkel. After falling behind, the Bees continued to dominate possession, but failed to create real chances. Yuen Long got another goal just five minutes after the break, when Chan Kwong-ho’s shot found the top corner of the net, following a counter attack after a Lee Man corner. The Bees continued to push for a goal, but Yuen Long were organized enough to sit out their lead. Lee Man’s passing was not connecting well in the final third of the pitch, which saw them stumble to their second defeat in a row.

In the mantime, the HKFA announced on Saturday that all matches on Sunday, September 16th, would be postponed because of the incoming super typhoon Mangkhut. Mangkhut caused devastating damage to a few football facilities in Hong Kong, including the Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground, Aberdeen Sports Ground and the Kitchee Centre at Shek Mun. Kitchee confirmed that the centre would be closed for at least two days pending further inspection on damages.

Kitchee Centre was flooded during the typhoon (Photo: Internet)

 

Match results

Dreams 0:2 Southern (September 14th, 8pm, Tsing Yi Sports Ground, Attendance: 645)

Tai Po 4:3 Pegasus (September 15th, 2:30pm, Tai Po Sports Ground, Attendance: 1007)

Lee Man 0:2 Yuen Long (September 15th, 5:30pm, Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground, Attendance: 530)

Kitchee -:- R&F (Postponed)

Eastern -:- Hoi King (Postponed)

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