Sun Hei beat Tuen Mun in extra time for first win of the season
Expats Peres and Teodorovic combine to give struggling side the winning formula
Struggling Sunray Cave Sun Hei seem to have discovered a winning formula at last - thanks to two expatriate players Reinaldo Peres and Mirko Teodorovic - as they beat Tuen Mun 2-1 after extra time in their Canbo Senior Shield first-round match at Mong Kok Stadium on Saturday.
The veteran duo worked wonders with Brazilian striker Peres first heading home a corner kick from Teodorovic and then a winning goal from Teodorovic's assist in extra time as Sun Hei recorded their first victory of the season. In between Peres' two goals, Ling Cong equalised for Tuen Mun in the second half after slotting home a cutback from Daniel Sanchez.
"It's a huge relief to get our first win of the season but there is still a lot of hard work ahead, especially in the league," said Sun Hei coach Chiu Chung-man. "The arrival of Peres [this season] has really helped the team a lot as he can secure scoring opportunities on his own or provide chances for his teammates. The two veterans' hard work has inspired the team as the players showed a strong spirit today."
But Chiu warned his players to improve their finishing as they should have killed off the match rather than gone to extra time.
"We created a lot of chances in the first half and the game should never have gone into extra time," he said.
"There are many young players in the squad and they must learn through this experience."
Meanwhile, Kitchee will have the opportunity to regain their lead in the league standings as they take on Royal Southern in the RedMR First Division on Sunday at Aberdeen Sports Ground.
Kitchee are tied for second in the standings with Sun Pegasus and both sides one point behind leaders South China, but with two games in hand.
Pegasus will entertain Yokohama FC in another Canbo Senior Shield first-round game at Mong Kok, while Eastern Salon will meet Happy Valley in the league at Shing Mun Valley Sports Ground.