Premier League Unchanged, USRC Regain Yau Yee League Leadership

Association football—Hong Kong
November 12, 2014 Updated: November 12, 2014

Only one Premier league game was played at the weekend, Wong Tai Sin versus YFCMD, the latter running out 2-nil victors.

YFCMD sealed the game with two first half goals, the first in the 7th minute when Lee Ka-yiu converted from Fernando Pedreira’s cross, and the second in the 42nd minute when Jose Diaz finished from Wong Wai’s cross.

The lead standings remain unchanged with Sun Pegasus leading the Premier league with 15-points from 6-matches, with Kitchee second with 9-points from 3-matches, and Eastern, South China and I-Sky Yuen Long tied on 7-points after completing 3, 4 and 5 matches respectively.

HKFA First Division
In the weekend’s HKFA first division games Lucky Mile won 2-1 against Wanchai, Southern won 2-nil over Kwun Tong, Tai Chung were 2-1 victors against Double Flower, Happy Valley were defeated 7-nil by HKFC, Shatin won 3-2 against Yau Tsim Mong, Metro Galley Sun Source were 2-nil victors over Sun Hei, and Tuen Mun drew 1-all with Citizen.

In a lively early game at Sports Road, Lucky Mile created several chances against Wanchai without finishing them off, whilst the visitors rarely mounted a threat to the home side. Lucky Mile took the lead after 43 minutes when Martin Rainer drove a free kick from 30 yards into the bottom right hand corner of the net for a half time lead.

Lucky Mile extended their lead after 54 minutes when James Beacher dribbled past 2-defenders before reaching the byeline where he pulled the ball back for Scott Hooper to sweep the ball home from 4-yards into the centre of the net.

Wanchai got a goal back in the 79th minute when Adam Raby conceded a penalty kick after tackling a player as he advanced into the box, and was red carded for the offence. Wanchai converted the penalty and, despite both sides having chances, Lucky Mile recorded their first win of the season and moved off of the bottom of the table.

Metro Gallery Sun Source and HKFC now lead the table on 23-points, though Metro Gallery Sun Source have played a game less (8 games), and Shatin are third on 22-points from the same number of games as Metro Gallery Sun Source.

In the second division 5-games were played, Wing Yee were 2-nil winners against Fire Services, Kowloon City were 1-nil victors over Sai Kung, Mutual were 5-nil victors over Kwok Keung, Sham Shui Po won 4-1 against Eastern District, and Tsuen Wan drew nil-nil with Tuen Mun FC.

Wing Yee now lead the 2nd division table on 22-points, followed by Mutual on 18-points. All teams in this division have played 8-games.

No matches were played in the third division.

Yau Yee League
In the Yau Yee League first division matches, USRC were 4-2 victors over The Store House Squadron, Albion drew 1-all with Wanderers, KCC Dragons were 5-2 winners against Boca Seniors, Baker Tilly Spartans defeated Colts 2-1, and GAS were 7-1 winners over French Kiss.

In a fiery Football Club derby at Sports Road, Albion took an early lead when Antonin Monnoyeur scored from a close range header in a crowd of bodies when a free kick cross was driven into the six yard box. The rest of the half was marked by endeavour from both sides creating little in the way of threat to either goalkeeper, but some aggressive challenges appearing in the play.

Wanderers came out in determined mood at the start of the second half, and forced the equaliser after 4 minutes, when Terry Harris volleyed home from the middle of the six yard box into the bottom left corner of the net after a pull back from the left bye line.

Wanderers continued to dominate possession and territory for the remainder of the half. Albion goalkeeper Blake Harding made a couple of good saves, and Wanderers goalkeeper James Seddon was called into action occasionally when Albion broke with speed after Wanderers had committed players forward looking for the winner, but neither side could force the winner. Albion may later rue the accumulation of the six yellow cards shown by the referee during the game.

USRC benefitted from the draw in the HKFC Club derby to move into the lead of the division table on 20 points, with Albion second on 19 points, ad Wanderers third on 18 points.

In the second division, Antonhill were 4-nil victors over CS Old Boys, HKDC Mobsters were 3-nil winners against SFALO Oxford, HKU70’s won 1-nil against KCC Knights, GGFC won 3-2 against Interglobo Colloids, and ANP won 3-1 against Azzurri.

HKDC Mobsters and HKU70’s are now joint leaders on 19 points, with Azzurri third on 15 points.

In the third division, Yan Po were 4-nil victors over Darts, University won the top of the table clash 1-nil against IES, Grasshoppers won 1-nil against Dynamo, CAPS defeated White Youth 5-4,Goal Visio won 2-nil against Scorpions, and HKUSA were 4-nil victors over HOB.

University now head the table on 20 points, with IES second on 19 points.

In the fourth division, Power 22 won 1-nil against Skyline, Outward Bound were 3-nil victors over Standard Chartered, HKSS won 6-1 against Friends of Barclays, Youth Coaches won 3-nil against WYFC84, Grasshoppers were 4-nil winners against Bapcoll, and Hung Art drew nil-all with Rising Sun FC.

HKSS now lead the table on 21 points, ahead of second placed Power 22 on 20 points.

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