Club in seventh heaven thanks to Buma hat-trick
Jaap Buma spent the first half feuding with the umpire, but once the former Dutch Olympic gold medallist got his act together, there was no stopping him as he slammed in a hat-trick to lift Hong Kong Football Club to an emphatic 7-0 win over Khalsa in the Premier League yesterday.
Buma was shown the yellow card twice in the space of the first 20 minutes. Luckily for him and Club, they were for different offences - the first for dissent and the second for unsportsmanlike behaviour - otherwise it could have meant an early shower for him.
'I decided not to play for the first half on that side,' said Buma after sitting out most of the first 35 minutes before returning to blaze his way to a second-half hat-trick.
Buma, one of two players who have moved over from Dutch Hockey Club - the other being goalkeeper Michiel Muller who had a quiet time yesterday - will provide his new team the inspiration as they go in hunt of silverware this season.
The 7-0 spanking of Khalsa plus last week's 9-1 thrashing of Valley has not only given Club the perfect start but it also laid out their credentials as serious challengers to defending champions Shaheen.
With Buma sulking on the sidelines, it took time for Club to find their feet. They led 1-0 at the break thanks to a Will Glover goal off a short corner. But apart from that it was a forgettable first half.
It was a different story in the second half as the goals rolled in. Apart from Buma's hat-trick - his third was deflected in by Pietro Attala but the ball had already crossed the line - Arthur Klatta got a brace and Chris Marshall and Glover got one each.
'The guys refocused in the second half and produced a good performance in the end,' said Club coach Simon Chapman, happy that the momentum is building.
Khalsa, who were promoted from the First Division last season, never looked a threat, with only Inderpal Singh catching the eye.