Golden's brave bid for Shilton fails
Golden's hopes of securing former England international goalkeeper Peter Shilton all but disappeared as the deadline for registration passed in England on Saturday.
Golden were hoping to secure the legendary 45-year-old player - the most capped 'keeper in England - but despite determined negotiations, the ambitious Hong Kong club failed in trying to reduce Shilton's hefty two-month appearance fee of GBP20,000 (about HK$236,000).
Golden president Simon Wan Chi-lok said: 'He was just asking for too much. It's a pity because we wanted him to come to the territory and play two months here. We'll still look for other well-known players. We'll keep searching.' While it is already too late to sign players from England, Wan was confident he would be able to secure top-notch players from other countries and strengthen his squad for the season-ending Viceroy Cup later this month.
There was some happy news, though, for Golden yesterday when they thrashed champions Eastern 4-0 and joined Instant-Dict at the top of the Hong Kong First Division (second phase) at Mongkok Stadium.
Two goals from Anto Grabo and one each from fellow striker Lee Bullen and defender Pang Kam-chuen secured Golden the points.
Golden, like Instant-Dict, have 14 points but Golden have an inferior goal difference. Golden are lying third in the overall championship.
Eastern, almost clear of relegation danger, remain fourth in the second phase table but third from the bottom of the overall standings.
Midfielder Chiu Chung-man played an integral role in the win, setting up three of the four goals. He first put Bullen through in the 25th minute and set up Grabo's second in the 67th minute. Grabo scored his first two minutes after the interval.
Chiu completed a good day's work in the 80th minute by swinging in a corner that was headed home by Pang for his first goal of the season.
Eastern rarely threatened although striker Wai Kwan-lung came awfully close with a low shot which struck the left-hand post four minutes before time.