Valley stay perfect with win over Instant-Dict
Champions Happy Valley maintained their 100 per cent record as they returned to the top of the Hong Kong First Division with an emphatic 2-0 victory over rivals Instant-Dict at Mongkok Stadium yesterday.
Happy Valley midfielder Kwok Yue-hung scored a stunning 10th-minute opener before Bosnian forward Alen Bajkusa assured the points with a 20-yard effort that flew into the top right-hand corner of the net.
Instant-Dict suffered a nightmarish day - appropriately on Halloween - as they slipped to their second defeat in three matches.
Instant-Dict midfielder Chan Chi-kwong, who played deep in defence, was lucky not to be red-carded after two vicious tackles, while goalkeeper Chung Ho-yin gave three unnecessary throw-ins to the opposition after failing to keep the ball in play with his clearance kicks.
Michael Midwood missed a sitter just before the break in one of Instant-Dict's only real chances of the day, while Gerard Ambassa Guy was unlucky not to have scored with a 30-metre pile-driver that was turned around a post by Peter Guthrie.
Kwok put the champions on the path to victory with a delightful goal when he picked up Cheung Sai-ho's through ball before blasting high into the net from close range.
Lee Wai-man tested Chung with a dipping shot two minutes later and Brazilian striker Tomy Giacomeli came close to doubling the tally when he chested down Guthrie's huge clearance only to shoot over the bar.
Yiu Hok-man wasted a good chance to equalise when he was sent through only to shoot straight at Guthrie.
Bajkusa gave his side a two-goal cushion when he slammed home from 20 yards.