|Fierce and entertaining battles expected for FA Cup semi-final weekend
This season’s FA Cup competition will approach the semi-final stage on the weekend, with Eastern Long Lions and Hong Kong Pegasus renewing hostilities in Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground on Saturday afternoon. The match will start at 2:30pm behind closed doors.
Eastern Long Lions started this season’s FA Cup in the first-round and duly demolished BC Rangers 8:2. The side then edged old rival Kitchee in the quarter-final by 2:0 and punched its ticket for the semi-final. The side will enter Saturday’s clash against Hong Kong Pegasus in the midst of a three-game winning streak, chalking up thirteen goals in the past three games, conceding only twice in the same span. While Lucas Da Silva, Everton Camargo and Wong Wai might have done the heavy-lifting for Eastern Long Lions up-front, speed demon Chen Hao-wai has also been playing some sublime football lately and might be the wild card in the Eastern Long Lions attack.
Hong Kong Pegasus came out on top against Best Union Yuen Long in a 5:4 FA Cup quarter-final victory to book itself a place in the semi-final. Despite twice falling behind in the game, Hong Kong Pegasus showed tremendous character and eventually crawled past its opponent after extra-time. Even though Hong Kong Pegasus might have lost twice to Eastern Long Lions already this season, it should be noted that energetic side did manage to beat Eastern Long Lions once in the Sapling Cup group-stage, indicating the gap between the two teams might not be as big as one would have thought. Brazilian forward Jean Moser, on loan from Eastern Long Lions, have bagged four goals for Hong Kong Pegasus in the FA Cup and his status for weekend’s fixture could very well hinder Hong Kong Pegasus’ winning chances.
On Sunday afternoon, Wofoo Tai Po will square off against R&F in Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground for the second FA Cup semi-final of the weekend. The match will kick-off at 2:30pm behind closed doors.
Things are certainly on the rise for Wofoo Tai Po these days, as the New Territories side is mired in a six-game unbeaten run heading into weekend’s FA Cup semi-final clash against R&F. The team started this season’s FA Cup competition with a first-round penalty shootout victory against Lee Man, then went one-step further by knocking Kwoon Chung Southern out of the tournament in a 4:1 quarter-final victory. Midseason arrival Kim Seung Yong has been a huge addition to the side, bringing veteran leadership, attacking flair and blazing speed to the Wofoo Tai Po lineup. The New Territories side has averaged more than two goals scored per game in the past six matches and the steadily heating up Wofoo Tai Po offense might be something that R&F should watch out for.
Ambitious R&F cruised past Happy Valley with a 4:0 victory in the FA Cup quarter-final to set up a date against Wofoo Tai Po in the final four. Veteran striker Giovane Da Silva netted a hat-trick in the victory against Happy Valley and will be eager to keep his sizzling scoring form going. On paper, R&F’s FA Cup semi-final tilt against Wofoo Tai Po looks like a David versus Goliath battle, as the mainland side currently tops the premier league table, has beaten Wofoo Tai Po twice already this season in different competitions and will be entering the weekend riding on a two-game winning streak. However, the veteran-laden R&F squad will definitely not be taking its opponent lightly, as the R&F players are well-aware that the last side that managed to beat them is, well, Wofoo Tai Po.