Golden goal sinks Dickies
South China completed a knockout trophy double when they defeated 10-man Instant-Dict 1-0 thanks to a golden goal from Poon Man-tik to win the FA Cup at Hong Kong Stadium last night.
Poon scored in the 101st minute and broke the deadlock with a low shot deflected into the net by Instant winger Yiu Hok-man to hand the Caroliners their second trophy following their win in the Senior Challenge Shield in October.
Poon's goal sparked a huge celebration in the South China camp as deflated Instant-Dict defenders sank to the ground.
Victory also eased the Caroliners' pain of losing to Happy Valley in a penalty shootout in the Ericsson First Division grand final two weeks ago at the same venue. The win compounded Instant's miserable season.
Instant-Dict were reduced to 10 men a minute before the end of regulation when former Nottingham Forest midfielder Glyn Hodges received his second bookable offence.
He picked up his first card in the 44th minute and then received his marching orders when he grabbed a prostrate Ailton de Araujo by the jersey - within yards of the referee who saw the incident - apparently incensed that the Brazilian had taken a dive in an attempt to win a free kick.
South China's first real chance of scoring came in the 11th minute when Lee Kin-wo's inswinging corner was headed over the bar by Ricky Cheng Siu-chung.
Cheng should also have done better when he was presented with a golden chance in the 26th minute after Instant-Dict goalkeeper Chung Ho-yin failed to hold on to a Lee shot.
Cheng reacted slowly to the loose ball in the six-yard area before Jose Ricardo Rambo cleared the danger.
But Instant came closest in the 30th minute after Tim Bredbury's glancing header off a Chan hon-fai cross struck the upright.