Sartori penalty seals tough away win for Tai Po over Southern

Second placed Tai Po met fourth placed Southern in Aberdeen on Saturday afternoon in a very tight encounter that saw the Greens come away with all three points after an Igor Sartori penalty just before the end of the first half sealed the win for Lee Chi-kin’s side.Ben Bennett was there to round-up the match.

The first half was fairly event free with Southern edging the early exchanges and seeing minor chances fall to Wellingsson, Marcos De La Espada and Michael Luk – the latter blasting a free kick over from 25 yards.

As the half wore on Tai Po began to gain a foothold in the game with Chak Ting-fung advancing down the right and slicing an effort over the Southern bar as well as having a goal ruled out for offside after another strong run.

Despite not scoring in this match, Marcos De La Espada still jointly tops the leading goalscorer chart (photo courtesy of HKFA).

The deadlock was broken on the stroke of half time though and Tai Po took the lead from the penalty spot courtesy of Igor Sartori who sent Tse Tak Him the wrong way after Rehman had handled a Tan Chun-lok cross from the left.

Tai Po came out for the second half much the better side and began to move the ball around with good tempo and it seemed a second goal was on its way. Tan Chun-lok flashed a cross-cum-shot across the face of the Southern goal but the angle was too tight for Sartori to score from the rebound.

Southern have now lost two games in a row, having also lost to Rangers in the Sapling Cup last weekend (photo courtesy of HKFA).

The last 15 minutes saw Southern begin to assert more pressure and substitute James Ha drew a great save from Li Hon-ho with a driven effort, before Wellingsson dragged a shot wide with two minutes left and Rehman having a header saved and a volley well blocked.

Tai Po withstood the late barrage, however, to claim a precious three points. Next for them is a trip to Pegasus whilst Southern go to Eastern after the international break as they look to bounce back from two disappointing defeats in a week.

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