Bye for Club in KO Cup first round
FIRST Division champions Hongkong Football Club will have to win only two matches to retain their Bell's Knockout Cup title this season.
At yesterday's draw, Club were given a first-round bye and the prospect of meeting their only conquerors, Valley, in the semi-finals.
Valley, who beat Club 10-7 at Sports Road, however, are not guaranteed a semi-final place as they face a tough first-round match against Club Dragons.
Kowloon, who finished runners-up in the league, also received a first-round bye and will meet either Police or British Forces in the semi-finals.
The British Forces side will contain players from the two military sides Tigers and Flying Kukris, as well as a few players from the newly-arrived Scottish regiment, the Black Watch.
Opening-round matches for the First and Third Divisions will take place this weekend. The finals of each division are scheduled for February 27.
First Division (Peter Scott Trophy): Hongkong Football Club bye, Valley v Dragons, Kowloon bye; Police v British Forces.
Second Division (Chairman's Cup): Kowloon Lions v Valley Mustangs, Hongkong Football Club Scorpions v Kowloon Cougars, Valley Knights v Police Wanderers, Hongkong Football Club Vandals v British Forces II.
Third Division (League Three Cup): Hongkong Football Club Sequins v Hongkong Football Club Select, Valley Griffins v Nomads, Police Casuals v Kowloon Beavers, Gai Wu bye.
Fourth Division (Development Cup): Gai Wu II v DeA II, Nomads II bye, Causeway Bay Rams v JRS, DeA I v Police Panthers.