South China go for treble
SOUTH China stayed on course for a treble after progressing to the semi-finals of the Hong Kong FA Cup the hard way at soggy Mongkok Stadium yesterday.
The Caroliners edged Golden 4-3 in a penalty shootout after the teams were level 1-1 at the end of extra time.
Having already won the Senior Challenge Shield last October, the Caroliners have earned an FA Cup semi-final showdown with Happy Valley on May 13 and are down to meet their fierce rivals again in the league title play-off on May 16.
'I have always said that South China were the only team this season who could realistically win all three trophies,' said South China official Peter Leung.
South China opened the scoring in the 50th minute through Lee Kin-wo, who swept the ball home after latching on to a Chan Chi-hong cross, but Golden's Croatian striker, Goran Paulic, crashed home the equaliser nine minutes later.
Golden felt they should have been awarded a penalty when midfielder Pau Ka-yiu appeared to have been brought down by Poon Man-tik in the dying minutes of extra time but the referee didn't see it their way.
South China won the penalty shoot-out after Mick Leonard saved Leslie Santos' spot kick for Golden's second miss after Lamartine da Silva saw his effort hit the crossbar.
Earlier, Sing Tao edged Rangers 3-2 to earn a semi-final meeting with Instant-Dict.
Sing Tao had to thank striker Anto Grabo and midfielders Leung Chi-kui and Law Chun-bong for the win.
Sin Ka-yu and Chu Siu-kei scored for Rangers.