Short Soccer, September 24, 2012

PUBLISHED : Monday, 24 September, 2012, 1:14am
UPDATED : Monday, 24 September, 2012, 2:25am

Tai Po build two-goal advantage in Shield

Home side Wofoo Tai Po got off to a flying start in the Canbo Senior Shield, overcoming Yokohama FC 2-0 in the first leg of the opening round yesterday. Both goals were scored in the first half through Alexander Akande and Clayton Afonso in front of a 700-strong crowd at Tai Po Sports Ground. Coach Cheung Po-chun was especially delighted with his defence as his side had lost 3-2 to Yokohama in the First Division league at the same venue two weeks earlier. The sides will play the second leg of their Senior Shield tie on October 11. Chan Kin-wa


Roma demand win after stadium farce

Serie A club Roma have lodged an appeal to be awarded victory from their away match yesterday against Cagliari following its controversial postponement hours before kick-off. The match was set to be played in an empty stadium because Cagliari’s Is Arena is still undergoing renovation work. However, club president Massimo Cellino invited supporters to attend the match regardless, forcing city officials to call a halt to the league fixture over security fears. Roma’s general manager Franco Baldini hit out at the alleged manipulation of the situation by Cagliari and indicated that the club would be appealing to be awarded the match victory. A new date for the match has not yet been announced. AFP


Boruc signs for Saints until end of season

Polish goalkeeper Artur Boruc has signed for English Premier League newcomers Southampton until the end of the season having left Fiorentina as a free agent. “We’re very pleased,” Saints manager Nigel Adkins said. “Artur has great experience from his time with Celtic and Fiorentina. He now gives us a third goalkeeper, which is important because the potential for injuries and people getting sent off means we have to cover ourselves. He gives us great back-up.”  Reuters