HONG KONG—This week saw the title decider between Kitchee and Easten Long Lions at Mong Kok Stadium on Saturday May 6, 2017.
After leading the table for most of the year, Eastern Long Lions were beaten 4-1 by chasers Kitchee who claimed the BOC Life HKFA Premier League title.
After squandering the chance of an early lead when Eastern Long Lions’ goalkeeper Yapp Hung-fai saved Alessandro Leonardo’s penalty kick resulting from Matthew Lam having been brought down, Kitchee opened the lead in the 9th minute when Alessandro Leonardo headed in Fernando Pedreira’s cross after he had received the ball from Krisztian Vadocz. Kitchee doubled their lead in the 39th minute when Alessandro Leonardo collected his brace when converting a ball from Helio Goncalves.
Kitchee extended their lead early in the second half when, in the 48th minute, Krisztian Vadocz headed in from Jared Lum’s corner kick. Although Eastern Long Lions pulled a gaol back in the 55th minute when Michel Lugo fired into the net from the left hand corner of the penalty box, Kitchee restored their 3 goal advantage in the 77th minute when Alessandro collected his hat trick by converting Fernando Pedreira’s cross after he had advanced down the left wing, to make the score 4-1, a lead that Kichee maintained until full time, to win the BOC Life HKFA Premier League title.
In the first division, Metro Gallery were 3-nil victors over Wanchai, Double Flower were 4-1 winners against Resources Capital FC, Shatin won 3-1 against Eastern District, Sun Hei were 4-nil victors over Citizen, Kwun Tong drew 1-all with Kwai Tsing, Wong Tai Sin were 2-1 winners against Yau Tsim Mong, and Easyknit Property won 6-2 against Tung Sing.
Sun Hei lead the first division with 66 points from 24 matches, with Wong Tai Sin second with 65 points from the same games.
In the second division, Kowloon City were 1-nil winners against Sham Shui Po, Central & Western were 3-nil victors over Sai Kung, Sparta Rotterdam Mutual were 4-1 winners against Tuen Mun, Hoi King won 3-nil against HKU CXSC Sun Source, Kwok Keung Linkers ONC drew 1-all with Kwong Wah, and Lucky Mile were 4-3 victors over Tuen Mun FC.
Sparta Rotterdam Mutual lead the second division with 47 points from 21 matches, with Hoi King 2nd with 46 points, Central & Western third with 46 points, and Lucky Mile fourth on 44 points all from the same games.
In the third division Tsuen Wan were 2-nil victors over Telecom, Golik North District were 3-nil winners against Ornament, Happy Valley won 2-nil against Wing Go Fu Moon, New Fair Kui Tan were 3-nil winners against KCDRSC, Fukien were 1-nil victors over V Sports, Leaper St Josephs drew 3-all with Islands, and GFC Friends won 4-nil against King Mountain.
Wing Go Fu Moon lead the third division table with 62 points from 24 matches, with Happy Valley second with 61 points from the same games.
Yau Yee League
Saturday (May 6) saw the Yau Yee League Cup Final take place between Colts and Swiss XI at HKFC’s Sports Road. After Swiss took an early lead, Colts eventually scored an equaliser to force the game into extra time which, despite chances at both ends, failed to produce a winner. Colts won the penalty shoot out to claim the trophy.
In the Chairman’s Cup, CSOB won the game 5-3 after having led 5-nil and subsequently conceding 3 goals to HKSS.
Allan Jackson has been involved in soccer for more than 40 years as a player, referee, administrator and freelance writer.