Kitchee Close in on Premier League Title, Albion close in on Yau Yee League

Association football—Hong Kong
April 21, 2015 Updated: April 22, 2015

HONG KONG—This weekend saw further games in the BOCG Life Premier League.

On Saturday (April 18) Wofoo Tai Po recorded their first win of the season with a 3-1 victory over Wong Tai Sin at Tai Po Sports ground. A goal from Chen Jungde after 12 minutes gave Tai Po the lead, was added to by further second half goals from Ye Jia and Joao de Sales, before Wong Tai Sin pulled a goal back through Su Yang in the 77th minute.

In Saturday’s other game at Kowloon Bay Park, Sun Pegasus were 4-1 victors over BC Rangers.
After a scoreless first half, Sun Pegasus took the lead in the 50th minute when Niko Tokic headed in Sham Kwok-keung’s cross, and doubled their lead seven minutes later when Festus Baise fired in after Sham Kwok-keung’s high ball was not cleared. Admir Rascic added a third for Sun Pegasus from the penalty spot in the 71st minute, and Niko Tokic made it 4-nil to Sun Pegasus in the 75th minute when scoring from a pass from Landon Ling. BC Rangers pulled a goal back in the 76th minute when Yago Lopez scored from Ivan Zarandana’s through ball, but Sun Pegasus ran out 4-1 winners.

In Sunday’s (April 19) game at Sham Shui Po Sports Ground, YFCMD took on Eastern where Giovane Da Silva scored all 4 goals for Eastern in a 4-1 win. Giovane Da Silva scored the first in the 27th minute with a header from a corner, and added a second with another header in the 31st minute, Giovane Da Silva achieved his hat-trick in the 75th minute, before Kenji Fukuda replied for YFCMD from the penalty spot in the 91st minute. Giovane Da Silva added his and Eastern’s fourth goal in the 94th minute of time added on.

In Sunday’s other game at Yuen Long Stadium, Kitchee closed in on the inaugural Premier League title with a 3-nil win over I-Sky Yuen Long. Jorge Tarres scored early in the third minute, whilst Juan Belencoso doubled the lead when heading in Jorge Tarres’ cross in the 70th minute, and Juan Belencoso completed the scoring with his second, and Kitchee’s third in the 92nd minute of time added on.

Kitchee now lead the table with 35 points from 14 games, with Eastern second with 30 points from the same number of games, Sun Pegasus third with 27 points from 15 games, South China fourth with 24 points from 14 games, and YFCMD fifth with 23 points from 14 games.

HKFA Divisions
In the first division, Lucky Mile won 2-nil against Metro Gallery Sun Source through a 40th minute opener from Scott Hooper, and a 50th minute strike from Matthew Patterson. Citizen won 3-1 against Wanchai, Happy Valley drew 2-all with Tuen Mun, Southern won 3-1 against Kwai Tsing, Shatin drew 2-all with HKFC, Double Flower won 3-nil against Kwai Tsing, and Yau Tsim Mong won 2-nil against Sun Hei.

Metro Gallery Sun Source now lead the first division table with 60 points from 23 games, with Southern second with 53 points from 23 matches, HKFC third with 52 points from the same number of games, and Yau Tsim Mong fourth on 51 points from the same number of games.

In the second division, Tuen Mun FC were 4-2 winners over New Fair Kui Tan, Wing Yee won 2-nil against Sham Shui Po, Sai Kung won 2-1 against Mutual, Tsuen Wan were 3-1 winners against Kwok Keung, and Eastern District were 2-1 winners against Kowloon City.

Wing Yee now head the second division after 20 matches with 53 points, Mutual are second with 41 points, and Kowloon City are third with 41 points, but a lower goal difference.

There were no third division matches.
Tung Sing lead the division with 59 points from 22 matches, with Central & Western district second with 51 points from the same number of matches.

Yau Yee League

In the first division, USRC were 5-1 victors over Wanderers, Albion won 2-1 against Corinthians, KCC Dragons defeated French Kiss 3-1, Colts won 4-nil against Boca Seniors, The Store House Squadron won 3-1 against Swiss XI, and GAS were 4-nil winners against Baker Tilly Spartans

In the early game at Sports Road, Neil Shonhard gave Wanderers a first half goal to take them to a 1-nil half-time lead, but a 5 goal haul from Max Brashear saw USRC run out deserved victors.

Albion took the lead against Corinthians, but were pegged back to level before winning the game with a second goal in the second half.

Albion now lead the table with 48 points from 21 games, with KCC Dragons second on 45 points, USRC third on goal difference from GAS with both on 41 points, and Wanderers fifth with 37 points. With one game remaining Albion are almost certain champions, whatever their result in their last game against USRC, due to their 22 goal difference advantage over KCC Dragons.

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