Voicelink ease pressure
RELEGATION-threatened Voicelink eased their worries for the moment when they defeated Kui Tan 2-1 in a Hong Kong First Division match played before a crowd of 318 spectators at Mongkok Stadium last night.
Voicelink have leapfrogged fellow relegation candidates Rangers to take up eighth place on 14 points, just one ahead of Rangers from the 17 games they have played.
Rangers have two more games left in their league campaign - against Instant-Dict and Sing Tao - while Voicelink have one more game and that's against Sing Tao.
Both teams' survival in the top flight will depend on their remaining matches.
Last night, Voicelink made the most of their good fortune when they took a 1-0 half-time lead courtesy of an own goal by Keung Heung-fai in the 30th minute.
Voicelink's Leung Kam-fai collected the ball from a high cross and took a low shot which Keung attempted to clear but only steered into his own net.
Kui Tan picked up the pace in the second half and were rewarded with a 57th minute equaliser.
Lau Ping-kwan broke down the left flank before floating a cross to Derek Hunter who made no mistake from close range.
Voicelink got their full points when they were awarded a penalty in the 64th minute when new signing, Niall Thompson, was brought down by Nip Chak-hang inside the box in what appeared a clear decision.
Former Hong Kong international Tim Bredbury coolly slotted home the shot from the spot to make it 2-1 for Voicelink.