Advantage Pegasus in title race

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 30 March, 2012, 12:00am


TSW Pegasus were the biggest beneficiaries after Kitchee were held to a 2-2 draw by South China in a tense BMA First Division game at Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground last night.

Some South China fans even chanted 'Pegasus' after the final whistle as the Yuen Long-based club, who have a strong relationship with South China, now stand a great chance to capture their first championship since their inception in 2008.

Kitchee remain at the top of the table on 33 points, two points clear of Pegasus, but the defending champions have already played 15 matches, two more than Pegasus with only three matches remaining.

South China stay in third place with 28 points but their chances also look faint as they have also played one more match than Pegasus, but are three points behind them.

Although Kitchee still hold a slight advantage, their coach Josep Gombau admitted Pegasus must now be considered favourites.

'I would say they have a better chance now,' said Gombau. 'If they win the next two matches, they would be four points clear of us and it will be difficult for us to catch them.'

Pegasus only have South China as a major hurdle in their remaining five matches. They will play at Tuen Mun on Sunday and against Biu Chun Rangers at Mong Kok the following week and look likely to beat both.

Kitchee only had themselves to blame after going into a two-goal lead. Lam Ka-wai drew first blood in the first half before Yago Gonzales added to the tally in the opening stages of the second half.

South China escaped going three down when Kitchee forward Chan Man-fai failed to score with only South China goalkeeper Yapp Hung-fai to beat. Giovane da Silva's header in the 73rd minute then pulled one back for the Caroliners before second half substitute Martins de Souza found the equaliser with just three minutes to go. The referee had to hand out nine yellow cards as players from both sides committed a number of over-zealous tackles.

South China captain Chan Wai-ho blamed poor finishing for the result. 'We played very hard because we missed so many chances. This problem has long existed and must be solved,' said the Hong Kong international. 'There is little we can do but win all remaining four matches, and if the two other teams make mistakes, we may still have a chance, even though the chance is small.'