HKFA FA Cup semi-finals between Yuen Long and BC Rangers, and Kwoon Chung Southern, were both played at Mongkok Stadium on consecutive days, last weekend.
In Saturday’s (Apr 30) game, Yuen Long prevailed in their game against BC Rangers, the tie eventually settled 2-1 to Yuen Long. Although BC Rangers took the lead in the 50th minute, after a goalless first half, when Quentin Lendresse scored from an Elvision Gomez free kick, Yuen Long struck back to equalise in the 65th minute when Fabio Alcantara headed in Ip Chung-long’s corner, and then won the game in the 89th minute when Liu Songwei put through his own goal after a cross from Aleksander Randelovic.
In Sunday’s (May 1), Hong Kong Pegasus overcame Kwoon Chung Southern 2-0, courtesy of Diego martins finish from Lee Ka-ho’s 33rd minute corner, and an 87th minute finish from Wong Wai from Diego Martins cross. The Cup Final will be at Hong Kong Stadium on Sunday May 15.
In the first division, the match between Citizen and Kwai Tsing finished as a one all draw, Sun Hei were 1-0 winners against Shatin, Double Flower defeated Yau Tsim Mong 4-2, Kwun Tong overcame Metro Gallery Sun Source 2-1, HKFC beat Tai Po 5-1 in a top of the table clash, Tai Chung were 3-0 winners against Wanchai, and Easyknit Property won against Lucky Mile 4-2.
Tai Po lead the table with 56 points to claim the championship, with HKFC 2nd with 53 points, and Sun Hei 3rdwith 52 points all from 24 games.
Hong Kong Football Club, still 3 points behind Tai Po with 2 games left to play have the harder matches left to play: Citizen and Sun Hei currently placed 5th and 3rd in the table respectively. Tai Po on the other hand play mid table Wanchai and Metro Gallery Sun Source (3rd from the bottom). If all goes to form, Tai Po should keep their heads in front to the season’s end.
At the bottom of the table, 3 clubs are all in danger of relegation: Metro Gallery Sun Source (19 points), Kwun Tong (17) and Lucky Mile (16). Metro Gallery Sun Source still have to play mid table Tai Chung and top of the table Tai Po. Next week Kwun Tong play Double Flower (just 2 places above them) while Lucky Mile meet Sun Hei (3rd in table). Kwun Tong and Lucky Mile meet on the last day of the league on May 15. With a good performance over the next two matches Kwun Tong could just avoid relegation and push Metro Gallery Sun Source below them. Lucky Mile look doomed, they are unlikely to beat Sun Hei and even if they win their bottom of the table final match it would only put them equal with Metro Gallery at best, but they would still miss out on goal difference.
In the second division, Kwok Keung were 1-0 victors over Kwong Wah, Eastern District won 4-3 against Tsuen Wan, Tuen Mun FC and Sham Shui Po drew 1-1, Sparta Rotterdam Mutual and Sai Kung played out a nil all draw, Tung Sing were winners against Tuen Mun 2-0, and Happy Valley lost to Kowloon City 4-1.
Eastern District lead the division with 49 points, with Tung Sing second on 48 points, and Sparta Rotterdam Mutual third with 42 points all from 21 matches. The leaders should be promoted, with only the title to be decided between the two.
In the third division Hoi King won against KCC 3-1, Central & Western drew nil all with St Josephs, King Mountain won 3-1 against Islands, New Fair Kui Tan lost 4-1 to GFC Friends, KCDRSC won 4-0 against HKFYG, Rex Global North District lost to Fukien 2-1, Sun International and Telecom drew Nil all, and Wing Go Fu Moon were 2-1 winners against Ornament.
Central & Western lead the table with 75 points from 28 matches, with Hoi King second with 72 points from 27 games, the only outstanding item being the championship between the 2.
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The league rounds are now completed with just the Cup Final and Chairman’s Cup Final to be decided.
Allan Jackson has been involved in soccer for more than 40 years as a player, referee, administrator and freelance writer.