Kitchee shut out by Rovers after good start

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 31 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 31 July, 2011, 12:00am


Kitchee lifted their game in their second Barclays Asia Trophy match at Hong Kong Stadium last night, but it wasn't enough to prevent a 3-0 defeat by Blackburn Rovers.

Coming off a 4-0 loss to Chelsea on Wednesday, the Hong Kong champions had a great start in the play-off for third place, winning an early penalty after Tsang Kam-to was brought down by Blackburn Rovers defender Martin Olsson inside the box midway through the first half.

But Spaniard Ubay Luzardo shot high over the cross-bar from the penalty spot - only his second penalty miss since arriving in Hong Kong two years ago.

Blackburn Rovers went into the lead when Mauro Formica headed home a Brett Emerton cross in the 33rd minute and the visitors from the English Premier League found two more in the second half through David Dunn's 20-metre stunning free kick and a penalty from Nick Blackman.

Despite their second defeat in a row in the popular tournament, Kitchee midfielder Huang Yang, who made a number of impressive moves in midfield to the delight of the crowd, said it was a great experience for any Hong Kong player.

'We played very well tonight. Perhaps it was because the opponents did not pressure us as hard as Chelsea did, so we could find more space to move and pass the ball,' said the former mainlander, who represented China in the 2005 World University Games.

The 27-year-old midfielder joined Kitchee this summer after finishing his university studies.

'I last played for Shanghai Xinhua in China seven years ago and now have to do a lot of hard work to improve my fitness,' he said. 'But I really look forward to pursuing my professional career in Hong Kong.'

Rovers manager Steve Kean said it was not easy for his side as Kitchee did well in the first half, while midfielder Dunn was happy to score a tremendous free kick in Hong Kong.