Sun Bus Yuen Long’s comprehensive 3-0 win over Eastern this past Sunday at Hong Kong Stadium saw the new territories side take home the Senior Shield. With Eastern’s still smarting from their Asian Champions league exit and a domestic thrashing by arch-rivals Kitchee, Yuen Long took advantage to inflict yet another soul-crushing defeat on their already demoralised opponents.
Goals from Everton Camargo and Walter Belitardo in the 17th and 59th minutes respectively set Yuen Long on their way and Lau Ho Lam killed off the game with his goal in the 82nd minute and this sealed a deserved win for Yuen Long. Yuen Long are currently struggling in the domestic league so they may feel that this win can act as a spring board for success in the second half of the season.
Hong Kong football writer, Patrick Au Yeung, reflected on the match and said it was a well deserved win for Yuen Long.
“It is a well-deserved victory for Yuen Long after missing out on winning the trophy for half a century. Their hard work and determination, along with coach Tsang Chiu-tat’s tactics, were the main factors of the “blue-collar” team’s success. Considered underdogs, they had to encounter Tai Po and Kitchee in previous rounds, needing extra-time in both occasions to advance before reaching the finals. Tsang’s strategy was simple but effective, relying on quick counter-attacks by Junior Soares and Everton Camargo as the latter scored in each round of the tournament. The 42-year-old captain, Fabio Alcantara, and Tomas Maronesi were key to their defense. Fabio saved the empty net twice in the final, otherwise the outcome of the game might not be the same.”
Yeung also commented on Eastern’s continued slump and under-par performances.
“Meanwhile, the dejected Eastern could hardly find their form in the final after two consecutive defeats in the league and in the ACL preliminary round. Their slump kept on snowballing as their defense struggled mightily. Yusuke Igawa continued to under-perform, while Lee Chi-ho failed to contain the speedy Everton. Attacker Bruno Cortes, who finally made his debut as Eastern, could not capitalize his chances prior to Yuen Long’s opener, which was the turning point of the match.”
Variation is the spice of life and it is great for Hong Kong football as a whole that an alternative team (aside from Kitchee / Eastern) has won one of the domestic trophies.
Hong Kong Defeat Guangdong in the 40th Guangdong-HK Cup trophy
Hong Kong regained regional pride after defeating Guangdong province over two legs to win the Guangdong-Hong Kong Cup. After a tense 2-0 home win in the first leg at Hong Kong stadium on January 4th; Hong Kong faced the daunting task of going away and holding onto their lead.
On January 7th, Hong Kong managed to score a famous away win on penalties at the Guangdong Provincial People’s Stadium in Guangzhou. The Guangdong provincial side managed to pull the game back to 2-2 though the Hong Kong side, consisting mainly of Hong Kong’s B squad, held their nerve and stand in coach, Kenneth Kwok, brought the trophy back to Hong Kong for the first time in five years.
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