An in-form Kitchee breezed past Rangers on Sunday, December 10th, at Sham Shui Po Sports Ground as they crushed the home side in a hugely one-sided 6-0 win in the Hong Kong Premier League.
Kitchee are still unbeaten in the league, and it didn’t take long for the high-flying visitors to open the scoring. After just nine minutes, captain Lo Kwan-Yee easily beat Wong Tse-yeung at close range after receiving a superb diagonal pass from Sandro. They then doubled their lead in the 20th minute, when Alex Akande benefited from a rebound from a shot from Jared Lum within the six-yard box. Rangers plight only worsened, as right before halftime, Lo was brought down from behind by Liu Pui-fung in the box to earn a penalty kick, which was converted by Sandro for his eighth goal of the season.
But the Bluewaves were not done yet, and they proceeded to add three more in the second half. In the 68th minute, a header from Paulinho, who replaced Akande a moment earlier, hit the goal post but Krisztian Vadocz ensured he was on hand to make the score line 4-0. Christian Annan, another substitute in the second half, gave Kitchee a five-goal lead four minutes following the previous goal, and Matt Lam, who came on for Fernando Recio, completed the rout with his first of the year two minutes into added time.
The score would have been even more one-sided, had Akande and Sandro not been denied by the framework prior to the team’s first goal. However, the Bluewaves demonstrated merciless attacking prowess and a very solid defence in front of a crowd of 741 fans.
At the other end, Rangers remain at the very bottom of the table, following head coach Dejan Antonic’s departure who reportedly took two weeks off due to the pressures of coaching after last Saturday’s draw with Lee Man. Gerard Guy, taking over Antonic’s position for now, decided to pencil in three foreign players to counter with Kitchee, including Walter Vaz, the 27 year-old French, who made his league debut to pair with Tommy Chuck as strikers, but opportunities were minimal and they look as though they are in real danger of the drop.
The match wrapped up the Premier League schedule for both teams in 2017, with only Sapling Cup and Senior Shield fixtures left to be played this year. Kitchee will face R&F next Saturday, while Rangers will take on with Pegasus on Sunday.