Caroliners advance

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 11 December, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 11 December, 1999, 12:00am

Defending champions South China set up a Senior Shield semi-final clash with Instant-Dict after they beat Sun Hei 3-1 last night at Siu Sai Wan.

In the opening match of this double-header, Instant booked their place in the final four by crushing Kitchee 3-1.

South China striker Zeljko Gavrilovic and midfield star Ricky Cheng Siu-chung grabbed the goals.

Cheng found the net after only seven minutes to give South China a dream start. But Sun Hei refused to panic and were back on level terms midway through the second half, thanks to an equaliser from winger Wong Chun-yue.

After the break, South China increased the tempo and took the lead through Gavrilovic. To make matters worse for Sun Hei, they had Gary McKeown sent off after 59 minutes for a second bookable offence. By now, South China were in full control and with six minutes left, Cheng sealed the tie with his second goal of the game.

The Instant-Kitchee match was more one-sided.

Goals from Michael Midwood, Tam Siu-wai and Sung Lin-yung gave Instant a 3-0 lead before Man Kim-hung fired a consolation goal for Kitchee with five minutes to go.

Bobby Houghton's reign in charge of China's national team came to an abrupt end yesterday when he was axed.

Houghton paid the price for his team's failure to qualify for the Olympics and was sacked after serving barely 18 months of a four-year contract.

'We have formally informed Mr Houghton that his contract and the contracts of his two British assistants will not be renewed,' the Chinese Football Association said yesterday.




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