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HK Women’s Team Held to Hard-Fought 1-1 Friendly Draw with Chinese Taipei before Olympic Qualifiers

Highlights from the recent Hong Kong Women's International Friendly. Photo: Ken Wu

International Friendly

Hong Kong: 1

Chan Wing Sze ’40

Chinese Taipei 1

Chen Yen Ping ’88

Attendance: 923

This past Sunday, Hong Kong’s women’s team held their Chinese Taipei counterparts, to a hard fought 1-1 draw in a match played at Tseung Kwan O sports ground. The match was a warm-up friendly before the upcoming Women’s Olympic Football Tournament 2020 Qualifiers Round 2, which will be held from 3 – 9 April, 2019 in Uzbekistan.

Hong Kong took the lead through Chan Wing Sze in the 40th minute though the visitors fought back hard and denied Hong Kong a win with Taiwan’s Chen Yen-Ping breaking the home team’s resistance in the 88th minute with a crucial equalizer.

Hong Kong team manager, Ricardo Rambo, gave his views on the game and felt Hong Kong could have won as they played well.

“Yes, it was a disappointing result in the end but we created many good chances and we need to work more on our finishing. The Hong Kong players were much closer to each other in terms of using the space and created some great combination play. Our defenders also were quite steady though need to work more on their confidence after getting a bit tired. In terms of tactical organization, the Hong Kong team also a performed well.”

Hong Kong will now face a stern test against their Olympic group opponents Jordan, Vietnam and the hosts, Uzbekistan.

Photos: Ken Wu and HKFA

Tai Po and Kitchee Prepare for AFC Cup 2019 Group Games

Two Hong Kong teams are set to represent and take part in this year’s AFC Cup group stages with the added spice of a local derby between Kitchee and Tai Po who have both been drawn in group I.  The other two teams drawn in the group are the North Korean side “April 25th” and Hang Yuen from Chinese Taipei.

After an absence of ten years, Tai Po, are finally back in the heady heights of the AFC cup after finishing second in the league last season. Kitchee and Tai Po are again locked in a tight race at the top of the domestic league and these added AFC cup games will add even more pressure to both sides physically and mentally. Given that the two Hong Kong sides have developed a firm rivalry after playing each other in several consecutive cup finals over the past two seasons, fans will expect another two action packed games between the two rivals.

Champions Kitchee had to qualify for the Asian Champions League group stages, via the playoffs this season and heartbreakingly lost their playoff game to Perak of the Malaysian Super League and hence went into the AFC Cup by default.

Tai Po had to overcome Ryomyong of North Korea over two legs to make the group stages and held the North Korean side to a respectable nil all draw away and then defeated their rivals on penalties at Mong Kok stadium with Sandro scoring the vital penalty winner.  Tai Po will be looking to Sandro for his leadership and experience as he has vital AFC Cup and Asian Champions League experience with Kitchee over the years.

N. Ng, a keen Tai Po fan commented on the game which was deemed to be overly cautious for both sides.

“It was a strange game really as the first half was good but in the second half, both teams became very cautious and sometimes too cautious so the pace of the game suddenly dropped quite a lot. But Tai Po defended really well with a really very well organized back four and keeper. Both the full backs of Tai Po just stayed at the back and never had enough intensity after 60 minutes.”

Sandro of Tai Po in the AFC Cup. Photo: DPR Korea Football

Ng also noted that the North Koreans were too predictable in their style of play and movement on and off the ball.

“The North Korean team could not quite get out as well and they were a very typical North Korean team; very quick and mobile. They were not very good at actual tactical gameplay and 80% of the attacks were down the wings, so it became easy to defend for Tai Po. I never felt that Tai Po experienced any pressure to be honest. It was more like when are Tai Po going to get the goal!”

Both Kitchee and Tai Po will play their home games at Mong Kok stadium and kick off by facing each other on April 3rd.

South Island School Win All Schools Jing Ying Football Tournament

SIS Team. Photo: Video

In the world of ultra-competitive high school sports, South Island School stunned all in Hong Kong to win the All Schools Jing Ying Football Tournament for the first time in their history.

The match was played out at Mong Kok stadium and South Island won the close final 2-1. The match can be seen via this link.

Christopher KL Lau was born in England and grew up in both England and Hong Kong, and has a background in media, education and non-profits. He also is a freelance writer / photographer and has written for a number of magazines, websites and newspapers around the world on many subjects ranging from the arts to travel. Chris is passionate about sports and its place in society and is keen to promote both Hong Kong and Chinese football to a wider audience.

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