TCY thrash Beacon to retain Jing Ying title

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 21 March, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 21 March, 2006, 12:00am

SHA TIN AND Sai King district champions YCH Tung Chi Ying Memorial Secondary School (TCY) retained the all-Hong Kong schools Jing Ying football title with a crushing 5-1 victory over Beacon College at Mongkok Stadium.

The defending champions had been expecting their toughest match of the season against surprise finalists Beacon last Saturday.

But Beacon, the Yuen Long district champions who were playing in their first Jing Ying tournament, were overwhelmed by the occasion and the skill of their opponents, and crashed to a heavy defeat.

'They were five unstoppable and beautiful goals,' said TCY coach Edmond Hung Chor-ying.

'Even Hong Kong's best goalkeeper Fan Chun-yip couldn't have saved those efforts.'

One of Beacon's goalkeepers suffered an injury during the warm-up, but it is unlikely to have had any impact on the outcome of the match.

'They used the same goalkeeper who played in the semi-final and quarter-final,' said Hung. 'I don't think it made a difference to the result.

'Beacon tried their best. But we have more experience, and know what is required for this tournament. Five goals wasn't what I had expected, to be honest. I hope the result doesn't damage their confidence.'

TCY strikers To Hon-to and Lam Wing-chun were on target with two goals each, while Yip Chung-lon scored the other. Lam, the tournament's joint top scorer with To (five goals each), was awarded the Most Valuable Player trophy. The match was virtually over by half-time, with TCY leading 3-0.

Their players were cheered on by nearly 300 fans, including students, parents and teachers.

The game was played before the Silver Shield final between First Division sides Kitchee and Happy Valley.

'We were given 200 free tickets by the Hong Kong Football Association, but we ended up buying another 80 as so many wanted to join,' said Hung. 'Our record in football keeps improving. The school is only 12 years old and we didn't even compete until seven years ago when we had enough eligible boys to make a team.

'Since then we have qualified for the Jing Ying tournament every year, and reached the quarter-finals six times, the semi-finals four times, the final three times, and have won the title twice.

'It's taken a lot of effort and careful planning. We've played friendly matches [against school teams] in Guangdong and against top local university teams. This has developed the boys' physical and psychological approach to competitions.'