Kitchee face South China in FA Cup semis after goalless draw
Kitchee scraped through to the semi-finals of the FA Cup after a disappointing goalless draw against BC Rangers at Sham Shui Po Sports Ground yesterday.
Thanks to a 2-1 victory over Rangers in the home leg of the quarter-final, the holders managed to set up a clash against rivals South China for a place in the final.
The Caroliners cruised past Sunray Cave Sun Hei 3-0 for a 6-0 aggregate win at Mong Kok Stadium yesterday.
With a crucial AFC Cup away tie against Warriors FC of Singapore on Tuesday, Kitchee seemed happy to sit on their first-leg advantage.
After an uneventful first half, Rangers, who only needed a 1-0 victory to advance because of the away-goals rule, upped the tempo after the break.
Striker Giovane da Silva twice found the net, but was ruled offside on both occasions.
"We only had to blame ourselves for missing a couple of chances in the second half," said Rangers director Phillip Lee Fai-lap.
Kitchee coach Josep Gombau was happy with a controlled performance. "We didn't have to push all the time as we have the AFC Cup match ahead," said the Spaniard.
In today's quarter-finals, Yokohama FC entertain visitors Wofoo Tai Po at Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground after a goalless draw in the first leg, while Sun Pegasus hope to build on a 3-2 away first-leg success over Tuen Mun at Yuen Long Stadium.