Sun Hei 'will be right for Shield final'
Sunray Cave JC Sun Hei coach Ricardo Rambo promised a different game in the Canbo Senior Shield final after his team were thrashed 4-2 by South China in the BMA First Division at Mong Kok Stadium yesterday.
The two sides meet again in the February 18 final, with the winners going into the AFC Cup.
'It will be a different game because the atmosphere will push the players to work harder and better,' said the coach. 'They should know the Shield will probably be our only chance to win a trophy this season. They have to shake up and prove we are a good side.'
Sun Hei got off to a flying start this season and remained unbeaten until mid December, but have since lost four league matches in a row. The Caroliners have been strengthened greatly by their two new Brazilian imports - midfielder Joao Emir Pereira and striker Dhiego Martins de Souza - who tore into Sun Hei from the off.
'Our confidence is back and the team look like finding the winning formula again,' said midfielder Au Yeung Yiu-chung, who scored the fourth in the closing stages. 'The two new Brazilians also helped a lot with their speed and skills and our attack is now more effective and efficient.'
De Souza, with a thundering shot, and Chan Siu-ki gave South China a 2-0 half-time lead in front of a 3,676 crowd. Though Luk Chi-ho's free kick gave Sun Hei hope, a penalty by Joel Padilha and Au Yeung's goal settled matters, with Mamadou Barry scoring a late consolation for Sun Hei.
At Yuen Long Stadium, TSW Pegasus beat bottom side Sham Shui Po 3-0 to remain in second place, two points behind leaders Kitchee but with a game in hand. The two sides meet next week. South China are now third.