Evergreen Wong helps Sun Hei stay unbeaten
High-flying Sunray Cave Sun Hei won 2-1 against home team Wofoo Tai Po in the first leg of the Canbo Senior Shield quarter-finals yesterday.
First-half goals from veteran Wong Chun-yue and Leung Tsz-chun could prove to be crucial as they host Tai Po in the return leg next month.
Chan Lap-ming pulled one back for the hosts just seconds before half-time at Tai Po Sports Ground.
Despite a mediocre finish last season, Sun Hei remain the only unbeaten team in the cup and league competitions so far this season, and former Hong Kong international Wong aims to ensure that run continues.
'I want to prove I can still play in the top level,' the 33-year-old forward (pictured) said. 'Although I am not young anymore, it will be great if I can win another title approaching the end of my career.
'I last won a title with South China and that was a couple of years ago. Sun Hei kick off very well this season and it won't be a surprise if we can win a title.'
With veteran Cristiano Cordeiro back in action after recovering from injury, Sun Hei's defence was more reliable as they were able to spare another central defender, Roberto Affonso Junior, to tightly check Tai Po's Christian Annan, who has scored six goals so far this season.
'Annan was not as active as before as he didn't get enough space, but we will make amends in the return leg,' Tai Po coach Cheung Po-chun said. 'Sun Hei looked dangerous in the first half with their non-stop high ball attack through set pieces but could do little in the second half as we knew how to cope with them.
'There is a single goal difference and I am confident my boys can pull it back in the return leg.'
Tai Po will represent Hong Kong in the annual inter-port tournament against Shanghai this week, but Cheung insisted the defeat would not have any impact on their preparations.
'We will put things behind us quickly and regroup the players for the inter-port,' he said.
In yesterday's other quarter-final at Yuen Long Stadium, home team TSW Pegasus look certain to book their place in the semis after a 5-0 win over Biu Chun Rangers.
Playmaker Manoel Santos scored twice from the penalty spot - one in each half. The other goals came from Lee Hong-lim, Leandro Silva and Li Ka-chun.