Kitchee close in on title with win over Tuen Mun
Kitchee moved a step closer to their first league championship title in 47 years after a convincing 3-0 victory over Tuen Mun at Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground yesterday.
Kitchee returned to the top of the table, a point ahead of four-time defending champions South China.
Both teams have two matches remaining, but Kitchee have an easier run-in, against relegated clubs Tai Chung and Football Club. The Caroliners, meanwhile, face TSW Pegasus and Tai Chung.
'We will not take things for granted, although we stand in a very good position to win our first league title after almost half a century,' Kitchee president Ken Ng Kin said. 'We have cleared most of the obstacles by beating Tuen Mun today, but you never know in soccer.
'Tai Chung and Football Club are not strong teams, but we still have to take them seriously before we can realise our dream of becoming the league champions.'
The champions will represent Hong Kong in the Asia Trophy this summer against English Premier League clubs Chelsea, Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers. They will also join Senior Shield champions Citizen in representing Hong Kong at the AFC Cup next season.
South China convenor Steven Lo Kit-sing was among the 600 fans watching yesterday's match. He left after Kitchee took a two-goal lead.
'I have told the players to stay calm on the pitch and never underestimate their opponents. I am very happy they have taken note and came back with the win,' said Ng.
Kitchee dominated from kick-off and Ubay Luzardo's penalty in the 37th minute put them into the lead. After Tuen Muen goalkeeper Siu Leong was sent off in the 73rd minute, Kitchee swiftly added to the tally through Roberto Losada and substitute So Loi-keung.
Elsewhere, Sun Hei beat Wo Foo Tai Po 1-0 at Tsing Yi Sports Ground.