Ineffective Valley need new striker, says boss

PUBLISHED : Monday, 17 December, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 17 December, 2007, 12:00am

Happy Valley held fellow strugglers Bulova Rangers to a goalless draw in a dour encounter watched by just 433 spectators at Mong Kok Stadium yesterday.

Happy Valley boss Chan Hung-ping was not satisfied with the result of the Coolpoint Ventilation First Division clash, saying the club will have to act and promising to sign another overseas striker in the new year.

'We created a couple of clear-cut chances but we couldn't turn those chances into goals,' Chan said.

'It's a pity because we controlled the midfield and we had the better of the game.

'Our strike force is simply not strong enough and we will have to look overseas for another striker.'

Rangers official Philip Lee Fai-lap, said his side had had the better of the game. 'We definitely had our chances but we failed to convert them. We could have taken all three points,' he said.

The result did little to ease either team's relegation worries.

Happy Valley stay in eighth spot on 11 points after 10 games while Rangers' plight is even worse as they remain second from bottom of the 10-team standings on seven points - just two points ahead of bottom side Workable.

Valley, formerly one of the top sides in Hong Kong, have registered only two league victories since the campaign began in September.

Rangers came closest to scoring in the 50th minute when Brandao Guedes' fine header was well kept out by Happy Valley goalkeeper Fabio Oliveira.

Valley had been presented with a good chance of their own in the early exchanges of the match but it went begging when Washington Luiz Santos scooped his shot over the bar from close range.

Champions South China remain in top spot in the table on 23 points from 10 games, seven points ahead of second-placed Citizen.