Golindano throws away the points
VENEZUELAN international goalkeeper Felix Golindano, who only a week ago earned adulation for his excellent display for the Hong Kong League XI in the Carlsberg Cup, drew criticism from his teammates last night after an error allowed Golden to steal a 3-2 victory in a Hong Kong First Division match.
Six-foot-five Golindano was called up into the Hong Kong League XI squad after making a highly impressive debut in Happy Valley's 2-0 win over Instant-Dict in a league game on January 18.
But he made the simplest of errors at Mongkok Stadium last night when he failed to hold a weak Marlon Van Der Sander header in the 74th minute and allowed the ball to squeeze past him.
Happy Valley coach Leung Sui-wing was left fuming after the match and said: 'That was a big goalkeeping error. We could have pinched a point had he tended his goal better but we all make mistakes and we can't lay all the blame all on him. The whole team is to blame.' Golden repeated their feat of October when they beat Happy Valley by the same score in the first phase of the league thanks to a late 30-yard strike from midfielder Otis Roberts.
Golden seemed to have the measure of Happy Valley who were coming off three wins from their last four games.
Bosnian striker Anto Grabo opened the scoring for Golden when he headed home Lee Bullen's cross in the 24th minute for his 10th goal of the season.
Five minutes later, Happy Valley equalised with a penalty awarded by referee Poon Chi-king who adjudged that Paul Ritchie was fouled by 'keeper Chan Hing-wing inside the box. Ritchie scored from the spot for his 13th of the season.
Scottish midfielder Iain McCall stabbed home from close range to give Happy Valley a 2-1 half-time lead just before the break but Bullen made it all square in the 64th minute when he slammed home Grabo's cross.
Golindano's error followed eight minutes later to give Golden the points and a share of top spot in the table.
Golden are second to leaders Instant-Dict on goal difference with both teams on 11 points. Happy Valley dropped one place to third position.