Caroliners big winners, and losers
South China moved to the top of the Coolpoint Ventilation First Division yesterday, thrashing Workable 6-1, but they paid a high price for staging the match at Hong Kong Stadium.
The defending champions paid about HK$150,000 for the hire of the 40,000-capacity stadium and other related charges, but with the 1,892 crowd generating only HK$49,260 in gate receipts, the Caroliners faced a heavy shortfall.
'We will keep using the Hong Kong Stadium for our home matches if allowed,' said team convener Steven Lo Kit-shing. 'The attendance was a bit disappointing today, but considering we were playing against a weak side and it was also a horse-racing day, we cannot ask for more.'
South China had also offered a buy-one-get-one-free ticket sale before the match, but it did not help lure the masses. 'We will not make the same offer in future because we are confident that fans will come to watch when we play against stronger teams,' said Lo.
Despite the loss on gate revenue, the South China boss still handed out a bonus of HK$150,000 for the six-goal victory, their third win in four matches this season.
'We were far from good in the first half, the pace was too slow, allowing the opposition too much time to defend,' Lo said. 'But we did improve in the second half after the players were told to shake up. Also, Workable lacked stamina in the final stages when we went on a goal spree.'
Workable manager Chan Hiu-ming said: 'Our defence made too many mistakes today, but you also have to respect South China as they are a strong side.'
Convoy Sun Hei crashed out of the AFC Cup, losing 3-1 to Al Wihdat of Jordan in Amman yesterday. The Hong Kong side also lost 1-0 to the Jordanians at home in the first leg of the quarter-final last week.