Kitchee Retain Lead in Premier League, Albion and KCC Dragons Tied in YYL

Association football—Hong Kong

HONG KONG—HKFA Premier League saw the top three teams play further rounds in the division last weekend.

Saturday (March 7) the BOCG Life Premier League game between Wofoo Tai Po and Eastern at Tai Po Sports Ground was settled by an early 4th minute goal when Eastern’s Giovane Da Silva headed in Leung Tsz-chun’s cross.

In the day’s other game at Mongkok Stadium, league leaders Kitchee took on contenders Sun Pegasus. Kitchee took the lead in the 16th minute when Jorge Tarres converted a penalty kick, for a lead which they held until the half time break.

Kitchee extended their lead in the 55th minute when Matthew Lam headed in Paulo Carreiro’s cross. Sun Pegasus reduced the deficit in the 61st minute when Admir Rascic converted Petrisor Voinea’s cross, but Kitchee held on for a 2-1 win.

In Sunday’s (March 8) game at Mongkok Stadium, South China took on Wong Tai Sin. South China took the lead in the 34th minute when they were awarded a penalty that was converted by Chan Siu-ki, a lead that they took into the half-time break.

South China doubled their lead in the 55th minute when Awal Mahama broke into the Wong Tai Sin half, where his cross was pushed out by goalkeeper Chung Ho-ting only for South China’s Evan Kostopoulos to fire home.

South China extended their lead in the 70th minute when Che Runqui played in Manoel Santos, and he fed Chan Siu-ki before Su Yang scored an own goal. South China wrapped up the game in the 89th minute when Manoel Santos headed towards Evan Kostopoulos who fired home for a final 4-nil scoreline.

In the day’s other game at Yuen Long Stadium, I-Sky Yuen Long won 3-1 against YFCMD where I-Sky Yuen long’s goals were scored by Reinaldo de Morais Peres, Yuen Lap-cheung and Wellingsson de Souza, and YFCMD’s reply from Hui Ka-lok.

Kitchee now lead the table with 26 points from 11 games, with Eastern second in the standings on 25 points from 11 matches, South China third with 23 points from 12 matches, and Sun Pegasus fourth with 22 points from 11 matches.

In the weekend’s first division matches, HKFC won 3-1 in Saturday night’s game at Sports Road against Southern, whilst Sunday’s matches saw Citizen win 1-nil against Sun Hei, Yau Tsim Mong win 3-1 against Double Flower, Kwun Tong win 1-nil against Wan Chai, Metro Gallery Sun Source win 4-nil against Tai Chung, Shatin win 2-1 against Happy Valley, and Kwai Tsing win 2-1 against Tuen Mun.

Metro Gallery Sun Source lead the first division table with 48 points, with HKFC second with 47 points, Yau Tsim Mong third on 39 points, and Southern fourth on 35 points – all having played 18 games.

Second division matches saw Sai Kung beaten 3-2 by Wing Yee, Eastern District win 3-nil against Kwong Wah, Mutual win 4-nil against Fire Services, Sham Shui Po lose 2-1 against Kwok Keung, Kowloon City draw 1-all against Tuen Mun FC, and Tsuen Wan win 4-nil against New Fair Kui Tan.

Wing Yee now head the second division after 16 matches with 41 points, Mutual are second with 34 points, Kowloon City are third with 32 points, and Sai Kung fourth with 29 points.

In the third division, Central & Western were 3-nil victors over Islands, Tung Sing won 1-nil against Fukien, Telecom were beaten 1-nil by KCC, St Joseph’s won 3-1 against Ornament, Rainbow Legend North District won 4-2 against GFC Friends, KCDRSC won 2-nil against King Mountain, and Fu Moon won 4-1 against Lung Moon.

Tung Sing now lead the division with 47 points from 18 matches, with Central & Western District second with 44 points from the same number of matches.

Yau Yee League
The first division continued its 4-team title race with joint leaders Albion winning 5-nil against The Store House Squadron, Wanderers drawing 2-all against Corinthians, KCC Dragons winning 3-1 against Baker Tilly Spartans, GAS drawing 1-all against Colts, USRC winning 3-nil against Swiss XI, and Boca Seniors drawing nil-all against French Kiss.

In the early game at Sports Road, Corinthians took the lead in the 5th minute when, from a throw on the right-hand side, the ball was delivered into the box and fired into the bottom left-hand corner of the net by Seb D’Aulerio and held the lead until half time.

Wanderers equalised in the 49th minute when Simon Galvin crossed from the left edge of the box near the goal line, and Liam Kelly struck the ball firmly into the left-hand corner of the net. Corinthains re-took the lead in the 59th minute when the ball was knocked from the right-hand edge of the centre circle into Wanderers’ ‘D’ and nodded into the box for Adam Riley to finish past goalkeeper James Seddon. Wanderers equalised again in the 61st minute when a ball from Danny Beattie in the centre circle to the left edge of the ‘D’ was headed by Andrew Wylde towards the right-hand post where Neil Shonhard headed the ball into the back of the net. Despite chances, neither side could force a winner.

Albion still head the table on goal difference from KCC Dragons, with both sides on 39 points, whilst USRC are third with 37 points, and Wanderers are fourth with 36 points – all having played 18 games.

In the second division, GGFC were 3-nil victors over CSOB, WYFC06 were 4-1 winners against Interglobo Colloids, The Store House Hearts were beaten 1-nil against Antonhill, KCC Knights drew nil-all with SFALO Oxford, and HKU70’s won 5-nil against ANP.

HKDC Mobsters now lead the table after 18 games with 41 points, with HKU70’s second on 39 points.

In the third division, HKUSA were 4-1 victors over Goal Visio, IES won 5-nil against Yan Po, Dynamo were 3-nil winners against Scorpions, Darts won 4-nil against CAPS, Green Cypress drew 1-all with HOB, and University won 4-nil against White Youth.

University lead the table with 47 points from 18 games, with IES second with 45 points form the same number of games.

In the fourth division, Rising Sun won 1-nil against Youth Coaches, Power 22 drew 1-all against Hung Art, Outward Bound were 3-nil victors over HKSS, Bapcoll won 3-nil against Standard Chartered, Grasshoppers won 2-1 against Friends of Barclays, and Skyline were 3-1 winners against WYFC84.

HKSS and Power 22 are joint leaders with 42 points from 17 games, with Grasshoppers third with 38 points from the same number of matches.

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

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