Eastern Stay Top of HKFA Premier League, Albion Favorites to Capture Yau Yee League Title

Association Football
April 24, 2017 Updated: April 24, 2017
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HONG KONG—This week saw the return of the BOC Life HKFA Premier League, starting with Friday’s (April 21) game at Mongkok Stadium between Eastern Long Lions and Kwoon Chung Southern, where Kwoon Chung Southern struck the opener before league leaders fought back with three goals to ensure another 3 points. Kwoon Chun Southern opened the scoring in the 26th minute when James Ha capitalised on a miss hit back-pass to score past goalkeeper Yapp Hung-fai. Eastern Long Lions replied in the 34th minute with an equaliser from Michel Lugo after Ju Yingzhi had helped on Tse Man-wing’s cross, and then took the led in the 45th minute when Michel Lugo collected his brace when forcing the ball home once Diego Moreira had flicked on Ju Yingzhi’s cross. Eastern Long Lions wrapped up the game with a third goal in a 3-1 victory when Ju Yingzhi released Manuel Rodriguez in the 51st minute to go on and score.

In Saturday’s (April 22) first game KMB Yuen Long prevailed 4-nil against R&F at Yuen Long Stadium with Aleksander Randelovic scoring after Carlos Bertoldi’s effort had been saved in the 44th minute, Diego Higino adding a second in the 79th minute from Chan Hin-kwong’s cross, and late goals were provided by  Lau Ka-ming and Diego Higino.

In Saturday’s later game at Tseung Kwan O Sports ground South China faced Kitchee, Kitchee ran out 3-nil victors, Jared Lum finishing from Matthew Lam’s cross in the 24th minute, Helio Concalves heading in Jared Lum’s cross in the 31st minute to double the lead, and Alessandro Leonardo adding a third for a 3-nil win in the 77th minute.

In Saturday’s late game at Mongkok Stadium, Hong Kong Pegasus took on HKFC, and won 5-nil courtesy of goals from an Eduardo Pares penalty kick, Dhiego Martins, Christin Annan, and a brace from Jordan Lam late in the match.

In Sunday’s (Apr 23) game at Sham Shui Po Sports Ground, Lee Man Rangers faced BC Glory Sky, and won an entertaining game 5-2. Everton Camargo opened the scoring in the 1st minute for BC Glory Sky, with Le Man Rangers equalising in the 2nd minute through Jorge Tarres, and then going ahead in the 6th minute when Denis Lima headed in Cheung Kin-fung’s cross, before Everton Camargo collected his brace and BC Glory Sky’s equaliser in the 27th minute. However, Lee Man Rangers added a 35th minute goal from Ip Chung-long, a 77th minute finish from Jorge Tarres, and then a fifth from Ip Chung-long for his brace.

Eastern Long Lions lead the table with 49 points from 19 games, with Kitchee second with 48 points from the same matches. HKFC finish their season bottom of the table on 6 points from 20 matches. The HK Premier League title decider between Eastern |and Kitchee is currently slated for May 6 at Mongkok Stadium.

In the first division Kwun Tong were 2-1 victors over Metro Gallery, Wong Tai Sin were 8-1 winners against Wanchai, Shatin won 3-1 against Citizen, Easyknit Property were beaten 2-1 by Yau Tsim Mong, Sun Hei were 5-2 winners against Tung Sing, Eastern District against Double Flower was abandoned, and Resource Capital FC were 5-3 victors over Kwai Tsing.

Sun Hei lead the first division table with 63 points from 23 games with Wong Tai Sin second with 62 points.from the same games.

In the second division, Central & Western were 1-nil victors over Kwong Wah, Sparta Rotterdam Mutual were 2-nil winners against Sai Kung, HKU CXSC Sun Source were beaten 3-2 by Lucky Mile, Tuen Mun drew 1-all with Sham Shui Po, Tuen Mun FC were beaten 3-nil by Kowloon City, and Hoi King won 2-nil against Kwok Keung Linkers ONC.

Sparta Rotterdam Mutual lead the second division with 41 points from 19 matches, with Hoi King second with 40 points from the same games, Central & Western third with 40 points from 20 matches, Lucky Mile fourth on 38 points from 20 games, and Kowloon City fifth with 35 points from 20 games.

In the third division Fukien were 8-nil victors over King Mountain, V Sports were 3-1 winners against Islands, Happy Valley won 3-1 against New Fair Kui Tan, Wing Go Fu Moon were 4-nil victors over Ornament, KCDRSC drew 1-all with Tsuen Wan, Leaper St Josephs were 4-1 victors over Telecom, and GFC Friends were winners 1-nil against Golik North District.

Happy Valley lead the third division table with 55 points from 22 matches, with Wing Go Fu Moon second with 53 points from 21 games.   

Yau Yee League

In the first division Albion were 6-nil victors over KCC Knights, Wanderers were 4-1 winners against Swiss XI, GAS won 2-nil against French Kiss, Colts were 1-nil victors over Baker Tilly Spartans, and Squadron were 4-1 winners against Colloids FC .

Another chance for Albion in their Yau Yee League match with KCC Knights as the ball is passed across the KCC goal by Albion No 10, Antoine Gael Sahagian, but it could not be converted. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)
Another chance for Albion in their Yau Yee League match with KCC Knights as the ball is passed across the KCC goal by Albion No 10, Antoine Gael Sahagian, but it could not be converted. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Thomas Pugh scrambles back for Albion to just stop a goal by KCC Knights in their Yau Yee League match at Sports Road on Sunday April 23, 2017. (Bill Cox/Epoch TImes)
Thomas Pugh scrambles back for Albion to just stop a goal by KCC Knights in their Yau Yee League match at Sports Road on Sunday April 23, 2017. (Bill Cox/Epoch TImes)

Albion lead the first division with 49 points from 19 matches, with Wanderers second with 48 points, and Colts third with 43 points from the same games. The Champions will be decided after this weekend’s games at Sports Road.

In the second division, ANP were 3-1 victors over GGFC, HKU 70’s were beaten 4-1 by CSOB, Hearts FC won 2-nil against White Youth FC, Azzurri were 6-2 winners against WYFC06, and Carnegies Boca Seniors won 6-nil against Grasshoppers.

Azzurri lead the second division with 53 points from 21 matches, with Carnegies Boca Seniors second with 51 points from the same games.

In the third division Darts drew 2-all with HKSS, Yan Po drew 1-all with Scorpions, Antonhill won 7-1 against Outward Bound, HOB were 2-nil victors over Power 22, University were 7-1 winners against Friends of  Barclays, and Maccabi HK won 4-1 against Goal Visio.

Maccabi HK lead the third division with 56 points from 22 matches, with Antonhill second with 53 points from the 21 matches.

In the fourth division, Skyline were 1-nil victors over Gurkha International, Corinthians were

1-nil winners against BOC, Bapcoll drew 2-all with WYFC84, Standard Chartered were 2-1 victors over Hung Art, and Green Cypress FC were 2-1 winners against Rising Sun.

Corinthians lead the division with 47 points from 20 matches, with Green Cypress second with 41 points from 19 matches.

Allan Jackson has been involved in soccer for more than 40 years as a player, referee, administrator and freelance writer.