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2018-2019 Jockey Club Futsal League (Div.1) - League Update 2019-05-10

A crucial 2018-2019 Jockey Club Futsal League (Division 1) relegation battle took place in Shek Kip Mei Park Sports Centre on Thursday evening. Tuen Mun hit the ground running and never looked back in the game, eventually clinching a 5:1 victory over Hoi King and picking up three vital points.

Barely three minutes into the game, a slick buildup by Tuen Mun saw Ip Kwok-hei burying his chance and sent his side in front 1:0. Afterwards, Tuen Mun came up with a simple, direct counter-attack and Chan Hin-chung took care of the rest by firing the ball into the Hoi King net. The New Territories side was up by 2:0 heading into the half-time break.

After the game resumed in the second half, Tuen Mun’s Ip Kwok-hei and Chan Hin-chung hit the scoreboard once again and established a 4:0 lead for their side. While Hoi King’s Peter Chan managed to break the goose-egg for his side afterwards, Tuen Mun’s Sin Yung-pok answered back late in the game, eventually sealing a 5:1 victory for his side, while securing top-flight futsal for Tuen Mun next season.

Tuen Mun mainstay Ip Kwok-hei, who netted a brace for his side in the game, attributed the team’s struggle this season to its never-ending injury-list.

“We can finally breathe a sigh of relief after collecting these three vital points,” Ip said after the final whistle.

“As a matter of fact, our results paled in comparison to last season’s and a key reason behind it was the non-stop injuries. With teammates once again regaining their fitness, hopefully we can put together a good run in the upcoming FA Cup.”

Hoi King coach staff Chan Man-chun acknowledged the team performed below-par and that led to the eventual defeat on the evening.

“We only had eight players for the game and the whole team performance below standard,” Chan observed.

“Several of our players did try to come up with combination-plays but a few of their teammates were unaware of the situation and failed to work together as a unit. All in all, the boys did improve as the season went on but they still need a lot of growth in order to perform maturely on the pitch.”

Later on the same evening, Eastern District succumbed to Resources Capital by 3:6.

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