Southern delight as they rise from the depths of the Hong Kong First Division
Newly promoted Southern registered their first win in the top flight yesterday, lifting themselves off the bottom of the table. However, Sunray Cave Sun Hei's struggles continued when they lost to Sun Pegasus.
There was great jubilation in the Southern camp as they came from behind to beat Citizen 3-1 in the RedMR First Division at Aberdeen Sports Ground. Goals from Diego Toimil, Landon Ling and Jonathan Carril set up the win, wiping out an early Citizen goal from Helio Goncalves.
"I always believe in my players and today's win came as little surprise as we were the better side in all departments," said coach Fung Hoi-man. "Hopefully we can get seven points from the next three games to secure our future in the top flight."
The new kids on block have been considered relegation certainties, having failed to attract any big-name players, and club chairman Chan Man-chun was delighted. "We are making progress match by match," said Chan, who celebrated his 49th birthday yesterday. "Some of the local players have followed us from the Second Division, while others were not considered by the bigger clubs before they joined us, but today they all proved they could work as a team with a great fighting spirit."
Sun Hei, who swept all domestic titles in 2005 and are the defending Senior Shield champions, now prop up the table, after losing 2-0 to Sun Pegasus at Yuen Long Stadium, the goals from Eugene Mbome and Tong Kin-man in the last 15 minutes.
Sun Hei have yet to open their win account this season, and have just three points from seven matches. Southern are second from bottom, three points ahead of Sun Hei.