Men’s Hong Kong Hockey Association Premier League fixtures produced some thrilling games on Sunday Jan 13, with Khalsa-A defeating Shaheen-A to forge further ahead at the top of the table. But close matches between SSSC-A and Pak-A and HKFC-A and Punjab-A had particularly high-thrill content.
The SSSC-A match against Pak-A at King’s Park was played in an all-out attacking style with the ball flying from one end of the pitch to the other and with fast attacking moves. Although there were many attempts on goal at both ends, most lacked the finishing touch.
Pak-A finally broke the deadlock three minutes from the end of the game with a hard strike from close quarters by Rizwan Ul Hassan. Pak-A won by the single goal in a match that was highly appreciated by the supporters of both sides: 1-0.
The HKFC-A game against Punjab-A played at the HKFC Ground was also a fast, skilful entertaining game played in excellent spirit and, also, well-supported by fans for both sides. HKFC-A were first to score and were one up after 18 minutes of play. But Punjab-A drew level from a well-placed penalty stroke by Simrandeep Singh with 12 minutes of the half remaining. Club-A moved ahead again with a flick over the diving goal keeper from a narrow angle by Yan Lee Adams just on half-time.
More drama played out in the second half. Five minutes into the half, Club notched up another goal to make it 3-1; but, not to be denied, Punjab-A Rupinder Singh hit a fierce back-stick shot over Club’s goalie to reduce the deficit to 3-2 with 25 minutes remaining. Another narrow angle shot slipped past Club-A’s goalie to tie up the match at 3-3 with 15 minutes still on the clock. Although great effort was made by both teams neither could force a winner.
The bottom of the table clash between HKFC-B and Elite-A, also played at the HKFC Ground, ended in a 3-3 draw.
Meanwhile, Khalsa defeated Shaheen-A at King’s Park three goals to one. Khalsa on 30-points extend their lead at the top of the table to seven points, ahead of three teams SSSC-A, HKFC-A and Punjab-A all on 23-points.
Three women’s Premier League matches took place on Saturday Jan 12: HKFC-A against Recreio-A; HKFC played Shaheen-A; and KCC-A played against Valley-A.
The match of the day was the KCC-A match against Valley-A, which was highly competitive and entertaining to watch. KCC went ahead 20 minutes into the first half then added a second a few minutes later, but Valley hit back six minutes from the interval to make the score 2-1.
Valley forced a second goal just five minutes into the second half and went ahead 3-2 after another five minutes. KCC-A drew level with 11 minutes of the game left and scored the winner with five minutes remaining. Although Valley pressed they could not convert an equaliser. KCC-A won 4-3.
HKFC-A playing at home, were easy winners against Recreio-A: 6-0. Goalkeeper for HKFC-A, Claire Archer summed up the game for The Epoch Times.
“Club A dominated for the first 15 mins and the last 15 mins. CDR [Recreio-A] had one shot on goal”, said Archer.
HKFC-B secured a nil-all draw against Shaheen-A, most of the match was played in the middle of the pitch with few shots on goal, showing the good defensive capability of both sides.
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