Dickies boost Valley's cause

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 02 March, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 02 March, 1999, 12:00am

Instant-Dict did Ericsson First Division leaders Happy Valley a favour when they held fierce rivals South China to a 1-1 draw at Hong Kong Stadium last night.

To make matters worst for the Caroliners, English goalkeeper Mick Leonard was sent off in injury time for pushing Instant's Hu Jianfeng to the ground after South China were awarded a free kick.

South China were hoping to finish their first-phase fixtures on a winning note in order to close the gap on Happy Valley, who now have an eight-point cushion at the top of the league with a game in hand.

The Caroliners fell behind after a penalty was awarded in the 26th minute when South China winger Chan Chi-hong was adjudged to have fouled Chan Chi-kwong. Former Nottingham Forest midfielder Glyn Hodges scored from the spot.

Brazilian midfielder Fernando Ornelas equalised in the 77th minute when he rose high to head home a Shum Kwok-pui cross.

Meanwhile, youngster Leung Chi-kui scored all four goals in Sing Tao's crushing 4-0 victory over lowly Sai Kung Friends.

Leung scored in the third, 43rd, 84th and 85th minutes to boost Sing Tao's hopes of qualifying for the championship second phase.