Tung Chi Ying make it four in a row

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 01 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 01 April, 2008, 12:00am

Heartbreak for Beacon College as rivals clinch Jing Ying title in shoot-out

YCH Tung Chi Ying Memorial Secondary School beat Beacon College to win their fourth consecutive All Hong Kong Jing Ying Football Tournament at Mong Kong Stadium on March 22.

It was the second time that the two schools played in the final. Tung Chi Ying beat Beacon in 2006 and history repeated itself this year.

It was not an easy task for Tung Chi Ying boys. The match took place in the rain and both sides struggled at the beginning. It wasn't until near the end of the first half that Beacon's striker Tsang Chi-hau jabbed the ball into the back of his opponents' net to break the deadlock.

After going one-nil down, Tung Chi Ying's morale was re-ignited in the second half. Shortly after the break, To Hon-to received his captain Yeung Chi-lun's pass and kicked the ball home to equalise.

Then, Tung Chi Ying's Ip Chung-long was awarded a free kick in the 19th minute of the second half. The ball hit the post and bounced back into play where Hon-to grasped the chance to score again and take his team to a 2-1 lead. Just when the crowd thought that the defending champions were going to win, Beacon's captain Lai Man-fei scored a crucial late equaliser to leave the teams at 2-2 during injury time.

A shoot-out followed. Tung Chi Ying's boys managed to score all of their penalties. Their goalkeeper, Tin Man-ho, saved one of Beacon's spot kicks to win the game and their fourth Jing Ying title in a row.

Tung Chi Ying also clinched all three individual titles: Captain Chi-lun, who plays for the Hong Kong C Team, was Most Valuable Player; Hon-to won Top Scorer award with six goals; and Man-ho, who only conceded two goals throughout the tournament, was named Best Defender.

For tournament details, visit www.hkssf.org.hk