|2018-19 Jockey Club Women's League FA Cup Knockout Stage – League Update
The late remaining 2018-19 Jockey Club Women’s League FA Cup Knockout Stage semi-final fixture saw Kitchee squaring off against Happy Valley. Both sides traded chances throughout ninety minutes but could not settle the score. At the end, Kitchee managed to edge Happy Valley 1:1 (3:0) in the penalty shootout and advanced to the final.
Kitchee and Happy Valley both enjoyed scoring chances in the first-half but somehow failed to breakdown the opponent’s defense. Right before half-time, Kitchee’s Kwong Wing-yan belted a sweet free-kick that was cruelly rejected by the crossbar. The game went scoreless in the first-half.
Around twenty-nine minutes into the second-half, Wong Suk-fun’s free-kick found teammate Poon Ka-ka. The latter dished out a timely header and nodded the ball home, making it 1:0. However, Kitchee’s SIMONS, MIKAYLA GRACE E answered back with a mid-range strike, tying the game at 1:1. Late in the second-half, Happy Valley almost clinched the game, yet Wong Suk-fun’s penalty shot was brilliantly saved by Kitchee goalkeeper Leung Wai-nga. The score stood 1:1 at the final whistle and the match required penalty-shootout to determine the outcome. At the end, Kitchee managed to come out on top by winning 1:1 (3:0).
Kitchee custodian Leung Wai-nga was the hero of the evening, as the goalkeeper pull out save after save to keep her side in the game. Leung was extremely humble and deflected all glory to her teammates.
“The coaching staff did a lot of work for us prior to the game and kept reminding us to stay focused,” Leung said.
“My teammates played their hearts out throughout the game, refusing to come off despite being injured or feeling fatigued, showing what Kitchee is truly made off.”
Happy Valley head coach Pau Ka-yiu was extremely gracious after the defeat and tipped his hat to Kitchee.
“Kitchee played one of its best game of the season, giving us lots of problem through its quick pressuring,” Pau observed.
“My players battled hard on the pitch and eventually fell short in the penalty shootout. I knew they had given it their best shot.”