Valley confident they have means to oust Dickies

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 21 April, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 21 April, 2001, 12:00am

If last week's amazing League Cup finish is anything to go by, Happy Valley's trip to Mongkok Stadium for today's FA Cup semi-final should be a walk in the park.

Happy Valley were staring defeat in the face when they trailed Sun Hei 1-0 in the League Cup final only to score a last-gasp equaliser through Brazilian forward Carlos Luis de Souza before winning with a goal from winger Chan Chi-hong scored in sudden-death extra time for an improbable 2-1 victory.

The match was not for the faint-hearted, but it was the sort of finish that has really boosted Happy Valley's confidence as they continue their quest for a Cup treble against in-form Instant-Dict. Happy Valley are also playing in the league championship playoffs.

Happy Valley team manager Tang Chu-sing said his team's comeback last week from near certain defeat has given them confidence that the team is capable of doing pretty much anything if they set their minds to it.

'We never gave up hope even when the chips were down against Sun Hei and if we show the same kind of determination against Instant-Dict, you know, that never-say-die spirit, I think we should do well against them,' said Tang.

Happy Valley English goalkeeper Peter Guthrie is expected to get a full game after he came on in the second half against Sun Hei in the League Cup final.

But Brazilian defender Aurelio da Silva will miss the match through injury and it is touch and go for skipper Cheung Sai-ho who picked up an injury during the League Cup final.

Instant-Dict, meanwhile, will be hoping to continue their good recent form as they look to reach their second cup final this season after losing 1-0 to Yee Hope in the Senior Challenge Shield.

The Dickies will surely present Happy Valley with a tough time after defeating arch-rivals South China 3-1 last week in the playoff for third place in the League Cup.

Happy Valley must watch out for Slovakian striker Martin Jancula who has hit the target five times in just two games, including a four-timer against struggling Rangers 11 days ago.

South China will be hoping to pick themselves up from that defeat when they play beaten League Cup finalists Sun Hei - who themselves will be seeking a pick-me-up after their heartbreaking loss last week - in the other FA Cup semi-final.

The Caroliners, meanwhile, have sacked Venezuelan forward Fernando de Ornelas for 'misbehaviour' after he was sent off during the playoff match against Instant-Dict.