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2022-23 Sapling Cup - HKFC 1:2 Lee Man 2022-12-03

HKFC and Lee Man locked horns in Tsing Yi Sports Ground on Saturday afternoon for a Sapling Cup Group A clash. Goals from Ryan Cheng and Givanilton Martins powered Lee Man past HKFC through a narrow 2:1 victory.

Lee Man tested HKFC’s defense early in the game. Barely three minutes after the opening whistle, Lee Man ignited a short corner-kick attempt. Givanilton Martins delivered a great cross towards the middle. Yu Wai-lim soared high with a header but could not locate the target with his effort.

Shortly afterwards, Lee Man’s Givanilton Martins cut inside the HKFC danger area and unleashed a dangerous strike towards the net, only to fire the ball wide.

It was HKFC’s turn on the 5th minute. Antoine Sahaghian drove a solid shot towards the net from the edge of the box, only to see his strike smartly claimed by Lee Man goalkeeper Tang Tsz-long. Both sides were exchanging early shots in the game.

Later on, Lee Man’s Manuel Bleda teed up teammate Everton Camargo with a nice delivery, allowing the latter to fire the ball towards the HKFC goal. Unfortunately for Lee Man, Camargo’s shot sailed over the HKFC crossbar.

On the 24th minute, Everton Camargo had another chance to break the game open for Lee Man, yet the Brazilian’s strike ended up hitting the side netting. The game remained scoreless at this point.

Lee Man finally drew first blood of the game on the 41st minute, as Ryan Chang connected with a teammate’s cross and headed the ball home, putting his side in front late in the first half.

The first half eventually wrapped up with Lee Man enjoying a 1:0 lead over HKFC.

Lee Man produced another scoring chance early in the second half. On the 48th minute, Everton Camargo floated a cross towards the middle. Lee Hong-lim pulled the trigger but did not hit the target with his effort.

However, Lee Man was not to be denied and made it a 2:0 lead on the 53rd minute. Young Zachary Hui found himself on the receiving end of a teammate’s corner-kick delivery and nodded the ball towards the HKFC goal. The ball rung off the HKFC goal post and stayed out of the net. Givanilton Martins was in perfect position to send the rebound into the HKFC net. Lee Man was now up 2:0.

On the 63rd minute, HKFC was given a superb chance to cut Lee Man’s lead into half. HKFC’s Leonardo Peres was brought down inside the Lee Man box by an opposing player. The referee quickly pointed to the penalty spot. Peres dusted himself up, took the spot-kick himself and fired the ball home, making it 1:2 in the process.

Late in the game, Lee Man had a half decent chance to re-establish its two-goal lead. On the 80th minute, forward Yuto Nakamura’s long range strike sailed over the HKFC crossbar.

The 2:1 score stood all the way towards the final whistle, as Lee Man claimed a narrow victory over HKFC in the Sapling Cup Group A encounter.

HKFC 1:2 Lee Man

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