Bad weather dampens goal fest at five-a-side contest

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 March, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 March, 2005, 12:00am

Bad weather disrupted the second leg of the Nike Football Five at Cheung Sha Wan Playground.

Only the first-round matches were completed last Saturday, while no play was possible on Sunday. The remaining matches have been postponed to April 3 at the same venue.

On Saturday, the focus was on the men's open category which featured teams including several former First Division players. Hoi Leung Athletic Club, comprising ex-Hong Kong internationals Yeung Hei-chi, Cheung Kam-wah and Law Kam-wing, advanced to the second round after a 1-1 draw against Morse Football Club and edging out Jaguar 4-3.

Last year's men's open champions, the Hong Kong Institute of Education, hammered Sparks 13-1. Sportland, with help from former First Division players Yiu Hok-man, Wong Yiu-fu and Lo Yiu-hung, romped past King's 5-1.

Team 9-0-1, with former Rangers stars Chow Man-ho and Ng Ka-ming in their lineup, thrashed A-One 7-0 and Happy Football Team 8-0.

The four-leg, five-a-side tournament is divided into six categories - boys' under-12, under-14, under-16, under-18, men's open and women's open.

The third leg has been scheduled for March 12 and 13 at Kwun Tong Hong Ling Road Playground, while the fourth leg will be played later this month at Tsuen Wan Sha Tsui Road Playground. The winning teams from each leg will compete for the ultimate titles in the grand finals on April 9-10 at MacPherson Sports Ground in Mongkok.

To promote the tournament and Nike's latest TV commercial series, a demonstration of football skills was held at Park Lane shopping avenue in Tsim Sha Tsui on Sunday.