Rangers go clear with win over South China

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 November, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 November, 2002, 12:00am

Unbeaten Buler Rangers are not thinking about the league title just yet, but they put themselves in an excellent position after a surprise 2-0 win over South China at Mongkok Stadium last night. A double strike in the first half for their fifth win of the campaign had Rangers team manager Philip Lee Fai-lap grinning from ear to ear.

'I knew we had the ability to give South China a real shake because I had belief in the players and most importantly the players had belief in themselves. This is a huge win because everybody knows South China are supposedly the best team in the league,' enthused Lee.

'We scored two good goals in the first half and we didn't sit back in the second half. We created chances and left them with few. That is what I like about our performance. We did our jobs and it paid off handsomely.'

Midfielder Chan Yiu-lun opened the scoring for Rangers, a team with only a fraction of South China's budget, when he scored in the 11th minute with an acute shot. South Korean player-coach Kim Pan-gon added the second in the 19th minute with a close-range shot off a pass from Lo Kwan-yee.

The result took Rangers three points clear of South China at the top of the table, while former champions Happy Valley moved into third spot after defeating Double Flowers 3-1 in the earlier match. Striker Martin Jancula scored a brace, while Gerard Ambassa Guy hit the other goal for Valley. Cheng Sui-wai scored the consolation for Flowers.