Hesford out in attacking plan

RELIABLE goalkeeper Iain Hesford has lost his place in the Hongkong team for the second leg of the Guangdong interport tomorrow to Instant-Dict's midfielder Trevor Quow.

Hongkong are allowed three expatriates for the interport and Hesford played in the first match at Mongkok last Sunday with Eastern teammates Dale Tempest and Ross Greer.

National coach Wong Man-wai, however, has decided to bring in Quow to boost the attack and tested the new line-up at a training session at the Dongjiao Stadium in Guangzhou last night.

''Quow has not had much chance of playing with Greer in our previous training sessions because we had always thought that either one of them would be dropped as Hesford and Tempest were sure starters in the team,'' said Wong.

''But, fortunately, they are both experienced players and there doesn't seem to be any problem with teamwork,'' he added.

Taking over from Hesford in goal will be Kitchee's Chung Ho-yin who missed the morning train to Guangzhou yesterday but joined his teammates in the afternoon.


Wong is hoping Hongkong will get a quick goal like they did in the first leg.

He said: ''It would be extremely difficult to come from behind and win an away match, so we need an early goal to stand a realistic chance of bringing the trophy back to Hongkong.

''This is one of the weakest Guangdong teams in recent years and I'm confident we can hold them.''