Wanderers Head Yau Yee League with Come-back Win

Association football—Hong Kong
November 20, 2014 Updated: November 20, 2014

HONG KONG—There were no Premier league games played this week, due to the East Asian Cup qualifiers, and no games in HKFA Division 2, so attention was focused on the first and third divisions.

The Premier League 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 5-nil against Happy Valley, Southern won 2-1 over Wanchai, Tai Chung were defeated 1-7 against HKFC, Shatin won 1-nil against Sun Hei,Yau Tsim Mong drew nil-all with Kwun Tong, Metro Galley Sun Source were 3-1 victors over Kwai Tsing, and Double Flower won 1-nil against Tuen Mun.

HKFC took an early hold on the game against Tai Chung at Sports Road, scoring 2 early goals. Michael Hampshire then collected a hat-trick of goals in a period of 8 minutes when he first drove into the net past the goalkeeper after Rob Scott’s shot was saved on 35 minutes; he then chased a long ball sent ‘over the top’ by Rob Scott down the left-hand side after 40 minutes, outpacing the centre half, and driving into the roof of the net from the edge of the penalty box, and 3 minutes later, after Frederick Schipper’s drive from just past the half-way line into the box, he headed over the advancing goalkeeper into the empty net.

Despite dominating play for most of the second half, HKFC failed to capitalise on this domination. They scored a sixth early in the second half, only to concede an unnecessary penalty after 62 minutes, which was converted by Tai Chung. The final score was decided after 75 minutes when Scott’s corner from the right was headed back across goal by Czechy to be finished by Marc Huff’s volley from 3 yards.

In the game on Happy Valley pitch-6, Lucky Mile took a first-half lead through James Beacher, but had to wait until the 85th minute to conclude the win, when late goals from Stewart McInnes (2), Scott Hooper and Adam Bailey secured the 5-nil victory.

Metro Gallery Sun Source and HKFC now lead the table on 26-points, though Metro Gallery Sun Source have played a game less (10 games), and Shatin are third on 25-points from the same number of games as Metro Gallery Sun Source.

No matches were played in the second division so Wing Yee now lead the 2nd division table on 22-points, followed by Mutual on 18-points.

In the third division, KCC won 4-nil against Lung Moon, Tung Sing won 7-1 against King Mountain, Central and Western were 5-2 victors over Ornament, Fukien were 2-1 winners against Fu Moon, St Joseph’s won 1-nil against GFC Friends, Rainbow Legend North District won 1-nil against KCDRSD, and Islands were 3-2 victors against Telecom.

Tung Sing now lead the division on 28 points, ahead of Central & Western on 26 points.

Yau Yee League
In the Yau Yee League first division matches, Wanderers were 5-3 victors over The Store House Squadron, the Swiss XI were 1-nil winners against Albion, KCC Dragons drew nil-all with Colts, and Corinthians were 3-1 winners over USRC.

In the first game at Sports Road, Wanderers took the lead in the 5th minute when Terry Harris received the ball from Simon Galvin, and showed great composure in sidestepping, waiting for the goalkeeper to make his move, and then side footing the ball into an empty net.

The Store House Squadron equalized after 15 minutes when Omar Mahmood received the ball on the edge of the penalty box with his back to goal, swiveled and hit a left foot volley which went into the net off of the top of the inside of the right-hand post.

Squadron took the lead after 21 minutes when Joss Paine drove the ball from the edge of the box into the bottom right-hand corner of the net, and increased their lead to 3-1, 6 minutes later when Dan Houmann broke into the left-hand side of the Wanderers box, and hit a left foot shot that went into the net after hitting both goalposts.

Wanderers reduced the deficit after 29 minutes when Terry Harris headed into the top left-hand corner of the net after Simon Galvin’s long throw from the right had been headed on by Danny Beattie at the near post.

Despite the 2-3 half time deficit, Wanderers started the second half with greater endeavour, and equalized after 52 minutes when Harris laid the ball off for Paul Jarrett to drive the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the net.

Wanderers took the lead again after 61 minutes when Mark Bavis’ defense splitting ball found Simon Galvin beating the offside trap down the left-hand side, breaking into the penalty box, and then side-footing past the onrushing goalkeeper into the net. The scoring was completed in the 78th minute when, after a ball down the right-hand side to the corner of the penalty box, was collected by Alun James who drove the ball into the far top left-hand corner of the net for a 5-3 Wanderers win.

Wanderers benefited from the defeats of challengers USRC and Albion to leapfrog into the lead of the division table on 21 points, with USRC second on 20 points, and Albion third on 19 points.

In the second division, Antonhill were 3-2 victors over WYFC06, HKDC Mobsters were 4-nil winners against KCC Knights, SFALO Oxford were beaten 1-2 by ANP, HKU70’s won 2-1 against Azzurri, GGFC won 5-1 against The Store House Hearts, and Interglobo Colloids won 4-nil against CS Old Boys.

HKDC Mobsters and HKU70’s are now joint leaders on 22 points, now opening up a 7 point margin on Azzurri and Interglobo Colloids in joint third on 15 points.

In the third division, University were 7-2 victors over Darts, Dynamo won 3-2 against Goal Visio, CAPS were defeated 3-nil by Yan Po, White Youth were defeated nil-2 by IES, Scorpions won 2-1 against HOB, and HKUSA were defeated nil-1 by Green Cypress FC.

University now head the table on 23 points, with IES second on 22 points.

In the fourth division, Power 22 won 3-1 against Rising Sun, Grasshoppers drew 2-all with Standard Chartered, HKSS won 2-nil against Bapcoll, Friends of Barclays won 2-1 against Outward Bound, Youth Coaches won 5-nil against Skyline, and WYFC84 were 5-1 winners against Hung Art.

HKSS now lead the table on 24 points, ahead of second placed Power 22 on 23 points.

This coming weekend Sunday Nov. 23 there is a Yau Yee League Division 1, top of the table clash at Hong Kong Football Club between Wanderers and USRC.

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