|2020-21 BOC Life Hong Kong Premier League – Happy Valley 1:3 Kitchee
Happy Valley clashed heads with Kitchee on Friday evening in Mongkok Stadium for a tasty battle in the BOC Life Hong Kong Premier League. A spectacular hat-trick by veteran striker Dejan Damjanovic led Kitchee past Happy Valley by 3:1 on the evening.
Kitchee had a half-decent chance to take the lead on the 13th minute. Roberto Affonso’s cross was ineffectively cleared away by the Happy Valley defense. The ball somehow fell in front Dejan Damjanovic, who pulled the trigger on an acrobatic shot but saw the ball hit a Happy Valley player and went out of play.
On the other end, it was Happy Valley’s turn. On the 15th minute, Jerry Lam swung an in-swinging corner-kick to the Kitchee penalty area. Luciano Da Silva soared high but could not generate enough power on his header to trouble Kitchee goalkeeper Wang Zhenpeng.
It was right back to Kitchee’s turn afterwards. On the 16th minute, Manu Gavilan seized the opportunity and belted a low drive from the right side of the Happy Valley box, that was smartly kicked away by goalkeeper To Chun-kiu. Moments later, Kitchee’s Daniel Cancela knocked a deep cross into the Happy Valley penalty area. Manu Gavilan sent a leaping header towards goal but headed the ball over the crossbar.
Kitchee broke the game open on the 31st minute through a counter-attack. Manu Gavilan penetrated the right wing and delivered a low cross to the middle. Raul Baena added a nifty touch and found teammate Dejan Damjanovic inside the box. The latter took care of the rest and drilled the ball home, putting Kitchee in front.
Kitchee made it 2:0 on the 42nd minute, as Cleiton Velasquez’s low cross was met by a Dejan Damjanovic one-timer at the front-post. The ball waltzed into the net as a result, giving Happy Valley goalkeeper To Chun-kiu absolutely no chance. The first half ended with Kitchee in front by two goals.
Kitchee kept the goals coming and pulled further away on the 55th minute. Roberto Affonso pulled the ball back on the right side and found Manu Gavilan inside the Happy Valley penalty area. The latter sent the ball to the goal-mouth. Dejan Damjanovic was quick to the ball and tucked it home with ease. The score was now 3:0 with Dejan Damjanovic earning a hat-trick.
Happy Valley pulled one back on the 75th minute. Poon Pui-hin’s free-kick found a dashing Mikael Servero inside the Kitchee penalty area. The Brazilian sent a powerful header towards the Kitchee goal but was denied by a flying save from Wang Zhenpeng. The ball then hit the crossbar and fell in front of Happy Valley’s Wong Ho-yin, who quickly knocked it into the wide-open net.
The home side almost added another goal shortly afterwards. On the 77th minute, Poon Pui-hin delivered another teasing cross towards the middle. Mikael Servero connected with a running header but was once again met by a splendid save from Wang Zhenpeng in the Kitchee goal.
Happy Valley continued to apply pressure towards the Kitchee net. On the 90th minute, Poon Pui-hin delivered a sweet centering pass into the Kitchee box. Luciano Da Silva latched onto the ball but sent his header just wide.
Both sides failed to add to the score in the remaining regulation time, as Kitchee defeated Happy Valley by 3:1 on the evening.
Happy Valley 1:3 Kitchee