Cautious tactics, man-to-man marking, and an element of luck steered St Joseph's College to an unlikely semi-final victory over defending champions West Island School in the 2005 All Hong Kong Schools Jing Ying Football Tournament last Sunday. Captain Hinson Leung's first-half goal and a dogged defensive performance secured St Joseph's a surprise berth in the final on Sunday. In the other semi-final clash, YCH Tung Chi Ying Memorial School (TCY) beat Buddhist Chi Hong Chi Lam Memorial College 3-1 at Shamshuipo Sports Ground. St Joseph's coach Wu Wan-kwok had predicted a tough match against West Island, saying his team's chances of winning against the 'strongest team in the competition' were below 50 per cent. 'We set out to defend and aimed to try and score on a fast break,' said Wu. 'That's what happened. The goal came on only our second attempt. They were much stronger overall and dominated the play. They missed a lot of opportunities to score in the second half. In the last five minutes, they had three clear chances. But our goalkeeper Justin Lee was superb,' said Wu. The influence of West Island's key player, Keith Robertson, the Most Valuable Player in last year's tournament, was nullified by a superb defence, he added. 'I think our strategy of putting two markers on Keith Robertson paid off. We froze him out of the game,' said Wu. After going close twice, TCY will have another chance to win the Jing Ying title following their comfortable victory last Sunday. But the Sha Tin and Sai Kung district champions, who lost to Diocesan Boys' School in the 2003 championship clash and were semi-finalists last year, will be without their top scorer, Tse Man-chun, for the final. 'He will be in China playing basketball in the Nike League until February 22,' said TCY coach Edmond Hung Chor-yi. 'He has scored a lot of goals and been a very important player for us over the past three years. We will be weaker without him.' The final will be a repeat of last year's third-place match, which TCY won 1-0. 'St Joseph's are tactically excellent and they are very well organised,' said Hung. 'It will be a very close game.'