Flying Pegasus close in on title
TSW Pegasus moved a step closer to their first league championship after thrashing 10-man Biu Chun Rangers 3-0 in the BMA First Division at Mong Kok Stadium yesterday.
With only three matches left, the Yuen Long-based side are two points clear of defending champions Kitchee on top of the table. Pegasus, set up in 2008, are on 35 points, and if they beat South China in their next league encounter, they won't be far from lifting the prestigious title with only Wofoo Tai Po and Sunray Cave Sun Hei standing in their way.
The Caroliners are now in third place with 28 points, but have one game in hand. They are expected to close the gap when they visit Tuen Mun at Tang Shiu Kin Sports Ground today.
Despite the two-point advantage, Pegasus coach Chan Hiu-ming remained cautious. 'No one expected we would be held to draws by Sapling and Tuen Mun in our last two matches,' he said. 'We are now in the driver's seat with a two-point advantage over Kitchee, but we will just take it match by match.
'The game against South China will be crucial as they also have to win to keep their hopes alive. We don't fear playing an attacking side as we proved we can beat South China as we showed in the first round [of the league]. It's going to be easier playing attacking sides than against defensive teams like Tuen Mun and Sapling.'
The coach said even though South China are considered a 'sister' club , Pegasus' goal is to beat the Caroliners in all their encounters. 'It's a match neither side can afford to lose. The result is too important,' he said.
Pegasus needed just four minutes to find the net after Cheung Kin-fung found his target. Jaimes McKee added to the tally to give Pegasus a two-goal cushion before half time.
In the second period, Godfred Karikari, who has recently obtained papers from his native country Ghana to secure a Hong Kong passport, was called into action in the 53rd minute and the speedy winger did not disappoint, sending in a timely cross for Leandro Silva to score his team's third. Rangers midfielder Ip Chung-long was sent off for a second booking in the closing stages.
Elsewhere, at Kowloon Bay Park, Sapling will join Sham Shui Po in the Second Division after losing to Tai Po 3-2. With only four points from 15 matches, they have no hope of catching Tuen Mun, who are third from the bottom but have 16 points.