Huang goal enough to put Kitchee in Cup final
Treble-chasing Kitchee took a step closer to another trophy after defeating Biu Chun Rangers 1-0 to reach the FA Cup final yesterday.
Midfielder Huang Yang scored the only goal of the match in the sixth minute at Mong Kok Stadium to set up a final showdown with TSW Pegasus in two weeks' time.
It will be the two sides' second clash in a cup final this season after Kitchee lifted the League Cup with a 2-1 win on April 15.
Despite the prospect of a club record of three trophies in one season, Kitchee boss Ken Ng Kin said the FA Cup would only be a bonus.
'Our top priority is to win the league championship and then a quarter-final place in the regional AFC Cup,' he said. 'It would be great if we can win the FA Cup, but it is not on the top of my mind at the moment.'
Kitchee will play Rangers again in their final league game on Sunday when a victory will mean they will be crowned league champions for the second consecutive season.
They then host Arema of Indonesia in the round of 16 in the AFC Cup next Wednesday where victory will put them through to the quarter-finals, which begin in September.
The FA Cup final against Pegasus will be held on May 26.
Ng, however, is taking nothing for granted against Rangers in the crucial league encounter despite yesterday's result when Kitchee only fielded four players from the starting line-up of their previous match against Terengganu of Malaysia in the AFC Cup.
'Rangers created a couple of chances after conceding the goal,' said Ng. 'And if they had taken one of them, we would have been put in a difficult situation.'
Li Jian and Guy Nke Ondoua both came close to hitting an equaliser for Rangers.
But the Kitchee chief did promise to field a full squad in their next match against Rangers with key players such as Jorge Tarres, Lam Ka-wai, Lo Kwan-yee and Chu Siu-kei all back in action.
'That one-week period will be very important and anything can happen,' he said.
'But the players remain highly motivated as we are closing in on another impressive season which has given us a lot confidence.'