|2019-20 HKFA Sapling Cup Group A - Kitchee 1:0 Eastern Long Lions
Kitchee squared off against Eastern Long Lions on Friday afternoon in Jockey Club HKFA Football Training Centre Pitch No. 2 for a Sapling Cup Group A battle. Fernando Pedreira’s second-half goal was all Kitchee needed on the day, as the side went on to beat Eastern Long Lions by 1:0.
Kitchee came up with a great scoring chance on the 9th minute. Jared Lum knocked the ball towards the Eastern Long Lions box but was cleared away by an opposing player. Fernando Pedreira picked up the loose ball, then unleashed a cracking shot that missed hitting the intended target.
On the 19th minute, it was Eastern Long Lions’ turn. Leung Kwun Chung’s free-kick found teammate Matthew Chan deep inside the Kitchee penalty area. Chan soared high and sent a timely header towards the Kitchee net but narrowed missed locating the intended target.
Eastern Long Lions had another chance around the half-hour mark. Everton Camargo did great work down the left-wing and teed up Diego Moreira with a soft pass. The latter stepped up and drilled the ball towards the Kitchee net. Goalkeeper Wang Zhenpeng was in solid position and easily paved the ball over the crossbar.
On the 38th minute, Kitchee nearly went in front. Fernando Pedreira unleashed a sweet free-kick from the edge of the box but saw his strike soared just high above the Eastern Long Lions crossbar.
Eastern Long Lions had a great chance to take the lead early in the second-half. On the 54th minute, Lucas Da Silva made a powerful run with the ball and reached the outside of the Kitchee box. The burly striker pulled the trigger under pressure but saw his shot nicely handled by Kitchee goalkeeper Wang Zhenpeng.
On the 67th minute, Eastern Long Lions came close again. This time, Everton Camargo did some fine work down the left-wing, then sent the ball towards the Kitchee goal-mouth. Diego Moreira went for an acrobatic shot but could not find the target with his effort.
It was still Eastern Long Lions afterwards. On the 78th minute, Diego Moreira drove a low free-kick straight towards the Kitchee goal. However, Moreira’s shot ended up in the awaiting arms of Kitchee goalkeeper Wang Zhenpeng.
Kitchee almost went in front late in the game. On the 81st minute, Shinichi Chan delivered a low cross to the top of the Eastern Long Lions box. Fernando Pedreira picked up the ball, then spun and fired but was turned away by a brilliant save from Eastern Long Lions goalkeeper Tsang Man-fai.
However, Kitchee was not to be denied and broke the game open. On the 89th minute, Eastern Long Lions goalkeeper Tsang Man-fai managed to pave away a Kitchee corner-kick delivery. The ball fell to Cleiton De Oliveira, who then knocked the ball towards the goal-mouth. Fernando Pedreira was in perfect position and tucked the ball home with ease. It was now 1:0 for Kitchee.
In injury-time, Eastern Long Lions’ Lucas Da Silva picked up his second yellow card of the game, thus his marching order. Eastern Long Lions were down to ten men.
Fernando Pedreira’s goal proved to be the match-winner, as Kitchee edged Eastern Long Lions by 1:0.
Kitchee 1:0 Eastern Long Lions