Kitchee remain on top of HKFA Championship, as Wanderers regain YYL lead

Association football—Hong Kong
By Allan Jackson
Allan Jackson
Allan Jackson
October 9, 2013 Updated: October 9, 2013

The Hong Kong Football Association championship remained largely unchanged this week due to only two games being completed; accordingly, the main action was in the league’s Second Division. Meanwhile, in the Yau Yee League, Wanderers regained top spot.

HKFA Championship

In the two HKFA First Division League matches played last weekend: South China drew with I-Sky Yuen Long, 2-all; Citizen drew with Eastern Salon, 1-all.

This leaves Kitchee leading Sun Pegasus in the standings by one point, having played one more game, and South China a further point behind, having played two more games than Sun Pegasus.

In the HKFA Second Division League Tai Chung and Shatin fought out a goalless draw; Tuen Mun drew with Wing Yee, 2-all; and Kwai Tsing drew with Wong Tai Sin, 1-all.

Meanwhile, HKFC defeated Wanchai 2-0 in a scrappy match played in hot conditions on Happy Valley.

HKFC gained the upper hand after 25 minutes when the Wanchai keeper came out of his area to completely miss a long ball, leaving Robert Bacon the simplicity of knocking the ball into an unmanned net. Ten minutes later, Michael Hampshire drilled a 30m hard shot which hit the underside of the bar and appeared to cross the goal line before bouncing up and back out onto the pitch, but this was unseen by the match officials.

Ten minutes into the second half, Robert Bacon effectively sealed the win when he scored a close range header from a free kick from Gianni Melwani, which was driven in from the left hand side of the penalty box.

Meanwhile, Lucky Mile fell to a 1-0 defeat to Kwun Tong at Sports Road, in a game with little goal mouth action and only a few saves required from either goalkeeper.

In the day’s final game, Woofoo Tai Po defeated Double Flower 2-1 to lead the table standings on nine points, ahead of Wong Tai Sin in second on seven and HKFC and Kwun Tong a further point behind on six.

The Third Division is shaping as a tussle between Metro Gallery Sun Source and Yau Tsim Mong, who both possess 100 per cent records after the completion of the first four rounds of games.

Yau Yee League

In a mid-week Yau Yee League Division One game at Sports Road, Hong Kong Football Club Wanderers won the inter club game against Colts 4-2, to go back to the top of Division One by one point ahead of USRC and GAS (German All Stars) before the weekend games.

Wanderers followed this up with a solid 4-1 victory in an end-to-end encounter against GAS on Sunday Oct 6.

Anthony Sassi opened the scoring after six minutes forcing the ball over the line from a Philip Dowding corner. Rory Hussey increased Wanderers lead eight minutes later only for GAS to quickly get back into the game by scoring at the mid-point of the half. Danny Beattie scored a header from a set piece midway through the second period to restore Wanderers’ 2-goal advantage, while Neil “Shonners” Shonhard completed the game’s goals by scoring Wanderers fourth.

In the following game between HKFC Albion and KCC Dragons, it was an open end-to-end encounter between two attacking teams with plenty of goal mouth incidents. There were a number of fine saves by each of the team’s goalkeepers, a few lead changes, and a few excellent goals, highlighted by a brace from Tony Hamilton. Albion won 3-2.

Meanwhile, USRC defeated Colts 1-0; French Kiss defeated Baker Tilly Spartans 4-0; Store House Squadron defeated Antonhill 1-0; and Swiss beat Interglobo Colloids 1-0.

This leaves Wanderers leading USRC by one point at the top of the standings having played a game more, Swiss are second on seven points, and GAS, Albion and Squadron all tied on six.

In the Yau Yee’s Division Two, Mobsters have been joined as the early leaders by Hearts, having not played over the weekend. Meanwhile, Division Three saw a change in the early standings after WFC06 defeated the previous leaders CAPS, to now lead by a point. And IES achieved a similar task in Division Four, to now lead HKSS by the same amount.