Pegasus aiming to stop Kitchee in cup final
TSW Pegasus are determined to lift their first trophy in two seasons when they take on a weary Kitchee in the Halewinner League Cup final at Mong Kok Stadium today.
The Yuen Long-based club are in peak form and, apart from today's cup final, are also on course to winning the First Division championship, where they lead Kitchee by two points with three games to play.
Pegasus have an impressive record against Kitchee this season, with two wins, one defeat and one draw in all competitions.
But coach Chan Hiu-ming struck a cautious note yesterday. 'The pressure is on us,' he insisted. 'Yes, we are playing well but our trophy cabinet is bare. We have to fill it.'
And they have a great chance to do just that, starting today. 'Kitchee are a quality side but they have a hectic schedule because they are battling on two fronts - at home and in the AFC Cup,' Chan said. 'So in that sense I guess we have a slight advantage over them.'
The final was originally scheduled for yesterday, but because Kitchee had to travel to Vinh for their AFC Cup match against Vietnamese side Song Lam Nghe An on Tuesday, it was postponed to today.
In-form Kitchee striker Jorge Tarres injured his ankle during Tuesday's match and is likely to start on the bench today. Footballer of the Year Roberto Losada will also miss the final as he is serving a one-match suspension.
'The players are really tired and that might affect our performance,,' Kitchee captain Chu Siu-kei admitted. 'But we all know how important the final is so of course we will be going all out for victory.
'We're also battling Pegasus for the First Division crown so a victory [today] might give us a psychological edge in the league run-in.' As if that was not incentive enough, today's winners will receive a cash prize of HK$250,000 offered by the title sponsor. Pegasus management has offered an additional HK$100,000 bonus to their players if they win.