Waiting exactly for half a century, Yuen Long collected their second Senior Shield trophy after defeating Eastern 3-0 in the final on January 27th. To celebrate their victory, the Tangerines organized a bus parade across Yuen Long and Tin Shui Wai on February 10th to thank their local fans for the continuous support.
The celebration marked a highlight for both players and team staff, who were mostly first timers to hoist the historic silverware. During the 90-minute parade on a roof-less double-decker bus, they kept cheering and showing the prestigious trophy to people along the route, who replied by waving back. This is the first parade for the club since 1979, when they defeated now defunct Seiko SA in the FA Cup.
It required some hard work from Yuen Long throughout the tournament as they faced quality opposition with Tai Po and Kitchee in the quarter and semi-finals respectively. In both occasions they needed extra-time to advance.
In the final, Eastern applied enormous pressure right from the beginning in an attempt to take an early lead. However, Yuen Long managed to halt the Blues and eventually created some threatening counter-attacks, one of which leading to the opening goal by Everton Camargo in the 17th minute. Walter Soares Jr. doubled their lead with a one-timer from inside the penalty box. After the break Lam Ho-lam sealed the victory on a rebound eight minutes before full-time, after a shot by Ip Chung-long.
Goalkeeper Chan Ka-ho would have to thank captain Fabio Lopes for his clean sheet in the final, as the 42-year-old center-back saved the empty net for two times. Pairing with Tomas Maronesi, Fabio also limited Eastern’s aerial attacks.
Yuen Long coach Tsang Chiu-tat gave full credits for their success to his hard-working players, who executed the match plan perfectly. Regarding their ambitions for the second half of the season, Tsang said, “I would like my team to perform better in the league, in hope of escaping from the relegation zone. The FA Cup is also one of our targets.”
Before the parade, Everton Camargo, who scored four goals in the tournament, expressed his happiness and gratitude to be part of the team. When asked about his performance, the Brazilian said: “The beginning of the season was very difficult for me, as I needed time to get familiar with the team. But the coach believed in me. We worked hard. And everybody gets better in mid-season.” As the season continues, he said he will work even harder to help his team for a better position in the Premier League standings.