Morale-boosting win for Pegasus ahead of Cup clash
Pegasus scored a morale-boosting victory ahead of their FA Cup campaign when they beat I-Sky Yuen Long 4-0 in the RedMR First Division at Mong Kok Stadium on Saturday.
The luck of the draw has put them in a first-round cup tie against heavyweights South China on Tuesday and coach Chan Chi-hong admitted the result came at the right time.
"It's a massive win and will certainly lift the team morale before such an important cup tie," he said. "We have no real hope in the league and the FA Cup remains our only chance to win a piece of silverware this season.
"This victory consolidates our league position, which will be important for the Play-off Cup for a berth in next year's AFC Cup."
Pegasus moved to second place in the table with 23 points, level with South China who have two games in hand.
Chan admitted there was still room for improvement.
"The players suffered a lapse of concentration after hitting the lead in the first half and were under pressure for a while," he said. "But fortunately they were able to regain their focus quickly in the second period and took the chances that came their way."
Admir Rascic picked up his 11th league goal from the penalty spot and goals from So Wai-chuen, Tang King-wong and Yip Tsz-chun after the break sealed the victory.
"We missed too many chances and Pegasus have quality finishing. That made the difference," said Yuen Long coach Chan Ho-yin. Eastern forward Giovane da Silva, meanwhile, is targeting top-scorer honours after steering his side to a comfortable 4-2 win over Sunray Cave Sun Hei at Sham Shui Po Sports Ground.
The prolific striker scored his first hat-trick of the season in front of a 900-strong crowd, bringing his season tally to 11 goals alongside Rascic and Juan Belencoso of Kitchee.
"It is a tight competition at the top and we have three more matches in the league to help me," said the Brazilian striker.