Borel fall to sucker punch
SING Tao staged a grandstand finish to snatch a 2-1 victory over troubled Ernest Borel in a Hongkong League First Division game at Mongkok Stadium last night.
Borel, whose miserable season has put their future as a football club in considerable doubt, took the lead in the 53rd minute with midfielder Ng Kam-hung's fourth goal in three matches.
With both sides struggling to raise their game on a damp and dreary evening, Ng's untidy headed goal looked to be enough to take all three points.
But Borel, with only six wins in 16 outings going into last night's match, surrendered their lead to a spectacular 69th-minute strike from John Moore, who raced on to Alan Chan Tsz-kong's through ball and smashed a right-foot shot on the run past Borel 'keeper Chan Shu-ming from 20 yards.
Having used both substitutes, Sing Tao were reduced to 10 men when midfielder Billy Bone limped off with a hamstring injury 15 minutes from full-time.
But this did not stop them grabbing the winner in the 89th minute. When Tang Kam-tim floated over a free-kick from the right, Moore was on hand at the far post to power in a header for his sixth of the season.
This latest episode in Borel's sorry season heightens the speculation that the sponsors are ready to pull the plug on the team, three years into a five-year deal.
A budget around $10 million has failed to win them anything so far after last season's Viceroy Cup and FA Cup double and the Borel company are understood to be about to move into motorsport to promote their Swiss watches.
Kitchee sweeper Yau Kin-wai was suspended for three games by the FA's disciplinary committee last night following an incident with referee Alistair Knox in a Viceroy Cup quarter final against Eastern last month.
Yau was sent off after the defender grabbed the referee in protest over Eastern's first goal by Ross Greer. Eastern won 3-0.