Two victories are all that stands between Hong Kong and a place in the final of the Asian Schools Football Championships. The locals finished second in Group A to qualify for the quarter-finals in what is clearly the easier half of the draw. A win against Singapore at Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground today would lead to a semi-final against a beatable Thailand side. The powerful South Koreans or China could be their opponents in the final on Saturday. Hong Kong fielded a virtual second-string team but still managed to prevent a strong China side scoring an avalanche of goals in a 1-0 defeat on Tuesday. Hong Kong's head coach, Suen Shui-keung, is quietly confident ahead of today's match. 'We will play defensively and hope to sneak a goal or two on the counter-attack,' said Suen. 'Singapore are not as strong as China and I think we will have chances to score. We did well against China with five reserve players on the field in the first half. They only scored 40 minutes into the game after some confusion in our defence. Otherwise, our defence did extremely well against quality strikers. Against Singapore we will be back to full-strength. It will be a difficult game,' said Suen, who believes a dramatic penalty shoot-out might be required to decide the game. 'It might be a draw, and if it goes to penalties, I hope my boys can cope with the pressure.' Hong Kong will again be without star midfielder Keith Robertson, who suffered a severe knee injury in a bizarre accident during shooting practice before the Macau game last Saturday. The Co-ed Sportsboy of the Year had an operation to repair cartilage damage yesterday and will be out of action for a month. Group A winners China are expected to ease past Indonesia in their quarter-final today, but could come up against the formidable South Koreans in the semi-finals. Most would see that match as the real championship decider with both sides having displayed fantastic skills, strength and all-round ability during their performances so far. Suen said the mainlanders are confident they will win the tournament despite their difficult route to the final. 'They could have deliberately lost to us and had an easier route to the final, but I don't think they want to lose a single match,' said Suen. 'Their coach told me he saw South Korea play and that he thinks China can beat them.' Check out the tournament website run by secondary school students. Go to www.hkssf.org.hk and click on the championships icon.