Relief as Tempest slots late winner
An injury-time goal by South China forward Dale Tempest gave the Caroliners a precious 2-1 win over Golden in last night's Ericsson League encounter at Mongkok Stadium.
Tempest, who came on for forward Sheldon Thomas at the start of the second half, struck two minutes into injury time to spare the blushes for the Caroliners.
It was the final game of the first phase, although the result made little change to the top of the standings. South China remain in fourth place in the eight-team standings after 14 matches.
Sing Tao, who also have 26 points from 14 games, stay in third place with a superior goal difference.
Former Chinese youth international Gong Lei struck an early blow for South China when he found the net in the first minute. Capitalising on a poor clearance by a Golden defender, Gong dashed into the penalty area, before scoring with a low shot.
Golden's Brazilian midfielder Anilton da Conceicao equalised in the 80th minute after picking up Pau Ka-yiu's through ball.
Anilton worked inside the South China penalty area before shooting past goalkeeper Kevin Lok Kar-win.
Tempest, who last week scored the only goal for the SAR during their campaign at the Dynasty Cup, secured the points.
Tempest drove the ball home from close range after collecting a Lee Kin-wo cross from the right.
Finally, even the fans will know how many minutes of extra time World Cup referees add to each half, making it easier for the public to assess the vital last minutes of a match.
FIFA announced yesterday that, for the first time, World Cup referees will signal to the team's bench how many minutes have been added for injuries, substitutions and time wasting.
Such information will also be transmitted to the fans in the stands, probably flashing it on the electronic substitution boards that match officials use on the sidelines.