Ng delight as Kitchee rally to clip Pegasus' wings
A two-goal blast in the last 10 minutes gave Kitchee a thrilling 3-2 win over TSW Pegasus yesterday and sent them back to the top of the BMA First Division standings.
Jaimes McKee's goal in the 69th minute put Pegasus into a 2-1 lead and gave them hope of a second win over Kitchee in three weeks at Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground, but goals from Ubay Luzardo, his second of the match, and second-half substitute Tsang Kam-to handed the champions a hard-earned victory.
'The boys did fantastically well,' said Kitchee president Ken Ng Kin. 'It was a very difficult situation when we were 2-1 down in the second half but they never gave up and kept trying. We are especially happy to see someone like Tsang rise to the occasion as we have a lengthy injury list.'
Fullback Tsang, who last scored when playing as a striker for the now disbanded HK08, said: 'This is a great goal, a goal that came at the right time.'
Luzardo opened the scoring for Kitchee midway through the first half before Manoel Santos equalised soon after.
'I feel sorry for my players,' said Pegasus coach Chan Hiu-ming. 'They worked hard but it all comes to nought. We created more chances than Kitchee.'
Kitchee now lead the standings with 13 points, two ahead of Sun Hei. South China are third on 10 points.
Earlier, Tuen Mun cruised to a 6-2 win over Sham Shui Po, who at least found the net for the first time this season.
Lin Cong struck a hat-trick, while Makhosonke Bhengu, Wilfed Bamnjo and Cedomir Mijanovic also got on the scoresheet for Tuen Mun. The home team's goals came from Lau Cheuk-hin and Leung Kwun-chung.
Sham Shui Po coach Lee Chi-kin said they had already approached two Brazilians to strengthen the squad as they have lost all five of their matches so far.