Kitchee Look Certain to Win HKFA Championship

Association football—Hong Kong
March 19, 2014 Updated: March 19, 2014

The Kong Kong Football Association Championship’s undefeated Kitchee only need to win one more game to be 1-point away from winning the 2013-14 title.

In Sunday’s (Mar 16) late game at Tsing Yi Sports Ground, Kitchee took advantage of South China’s weekend bye by extending their lead at the top of the HKFA First Division with a comfortable 2-nil win over Citizen.

Kitchee took the lead in the12th minute when Diego Cascon scored with a low drive from the edge of the box.

Kitchee doubled their lead in the 36th minute when Christian Annan finished with a low drive into the Citizen net after evading his markers before getting into the Citizen penalty box. Kitchee then led 2-nil at half time.

Although Citizen started the second half with energy and commitment they did little to really trouble the Kitchee goal, while Kitchee had a few chances of their own.

Kitchee now lead the table on 38 points, 15-points ahead of second-placed South China, who have two games in hand. However, unbeaten in the league this season, Kitchee require just four points from their last four games to achieve their third league title in four years.

HKFA other Divisions

The chase for promotion from the Second Division remained as before with each of the three promotion hopefuls achieving wins.

Wong Tai Sin prevailed 2-nil against Kwun Tong; HKFC defeated Tai Chung 2-1; and Wo Foo Tai Po won 2-nil against Wing Yee. Wong Tai Sin (on 48 points) now lead the division, HKFC (44) second and Wo Foo Tai Po (43) third– though with a game in hand on the two leaders.

Also pivotal will be the fact that two of HKFC’s and Wo Foo Tai Po’s four remaining games are against each other, home and away.

In the Third Division, leaders Yau Tsim Mong were held to a nil-all draw with third-placed Mutual, while second-placed Metro Gallery Sun Source won 5-2 against Eastern Salon Original. Yau Tsim Mong (56) lead the division, with Metro Gallery Sun Source (49) second and Mutual (46) third – though Metro Gallery Sun Source have two games in hand on the other two leaders.

In the Fourth Division, leaders Sai King thrashed Solon 19-nil; GFC Friends consolidated second-place with a 1-nil victory against St. Joseph’s; while Central and Western District were defeated 1-nil by Fukien. Sai Kung (40) lead the table, with GFC Friends (35) second and Central & Western District (31) third – GFC Friends have games in hand on the other two teams.

Yau Yee League

USRC remain the likely winners of Division One in the Yau Yee League despite having their lead in the Championship cut to 9-points after a surprising nil-all draw with French Kiss. Second-placed Wanderers won 3-2 against The Store House Squadron at Sports Road to gain 2-points on the leaders.

USRC (48 points) lead Wanderers (39) with four rounds remaining in the 2013-14 season.

Division Two is now a very tight battle for the league title after last week’s leaders KCC Knights were held to a nil-all draw by Azzurri. Previously second-placed Boca Seniors accounted for Yan Po in a 3-1 win, and third-placed Corinthians won 2-nil against SFALO Oxford. KCC Knights and Boca Seniors (37) are now tied for the lead and are just 1-point ahead of Corinthians (36).

In Division Three, HKU70’s remain tied at the top with WYFC06 (43) after the former’s 4-nil win against Outward Bound, and the latter’s 3-nil win over Grasshoppers.

IES (49) maintain their lead in the Division Four after a 3-nil victory over Standard Chartered, while Green Cypress (38) strengthened their second-place position with a 2-1 win over HKSS, last week’s nearest challengers for the second promotion place.