THE Hongkong Football Association are confident of clearing the fixture backlog without having to extend the season into July, writes Jeremy Walker. The FA's fixtures secretary, Yung Hung-yau, said yesterday that a series of double-headers would be staged to complete the programme before the end of June. Recent bad weather has caused two league matches involving champions-elect Eastern to be called off and the club are yet to begin their FA Cup campaign. Said Yung: ''We are hoping to play some double-header fixtures after the Hongkong team come back from Lebanon on May 17 and before they leave for South Korea on June 3. ''The last league game is scheduled for June 24 and we are confident of fitting in everything before then.'' Eastern, who have still to play five of their 18 league games, tackle Michelotti in the FA Cup quarter-final on Tuesday - the day before the Hongkong squad leave for Beirut for World Cup qualifying ties against Bahrain, Lebanon, India and South Korea between May 7-15. ''We will have all the FA Cup quarter-finals out of the way before they leave and we'll play the semi-finals before they go to Seoul,'' added Yung. The first FA Cup semi-final is scheduled for Thursday, May 27, and the second semi-final on Sunday, May 30. The final will not take place until June 20 - after Hongkong return from the second round of World Cup qualifying fixtures from June 5-13. Many players would prefer the FA to stage both semi-finals on May 27 and the final on May 30, which would leave only a handful of league games to clear up in June but this needs approval from the sponsors, Regal Films.