Pegasus captain Chan Siu-ki put in a classy performance on Sunday evening, April 8th, to help his teammates coming from behind and beating Eastern in the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Pegasus had the upper hand right from the start, when Travis Major’s spectacular volley was well saved by Yapp Hung-fai in the 16th minute. Meanwhile, Eastern had some of their own chances on goal, the closest one being Lee Hong-lim’s shot from the left which went over the bar.
Towards the end of the first half, Pegasus was still the team in charge. In the 43rd minute, Major’s header set up unmarked Joao Emir, but he was denied by the Eastern ‘keeper. The Brazilian midfielder had another attempt from outside the box two minutes later but failed to hit the target.
After half time, Eastern came out from the dressing room as the stronger team, with more possession and the better opportunities up front. In the 54th minute, Yusuke Igawa’s shot was easily held by Yuen Ho-chun, but just four minutes later Eastern broke the deadlock when Manuel Bleda stole the ball from Law Hiu-chung. His cross found Bruno Correa in the centre, whose initial effort was blocked, but he managed to get the rebound, giving his team the deserved lead at this point of the match.
However, Pegasus woke up and became more active after conceding the goal. Still, it seemed that luck was not on their side, as Major’s header in the 70th minute and Mahama Awal’s overhead kick soon after both hit the bar. Despite that, the Flying Horsemen equalized in the 79th minute when Chan Siu-ki’s corner found Eugene Mbome whose header went past Yapp Hung-fai. And when spectators were already expecting the game to go into extra time, Joao Emir’s freekick found Chan Siu-ki and the Pegasus captain scored with a beautiful header to book a place in the semi-final of this season’s FA Cup.
Pegasus will play current FA Cup holders Kitchee on May 6th after the Bluewaves beat Lee Man 4-3 earlier that day.
Photos by Ken Wu.