With two games being rearranged at the start of the season for this weekend it meant only 4 games this week which resulted in the chasing pack bunching up and some change at the foot of the table.
Forward left it late to see off a well drilled and much improved Corinthians side but a late goal blitz saw them run out 4-0 winners. An even first half where both teams had chances, the main talking point was an unsavory incident which I’m sure the DC will be looking into closely in the coming week. Down to 10 men, Corinthians battled well and went into the final 10 minutes of the game at 0-0 and looking to spoil the perfect record of Forward but with Kafi and Habib in their ranks this was always going to be tough and so it proved. Piling forward (yes that was intended!!) a brace from Habib Bah and single goals from Kafi Harun and Jesus Collado gave all 3 points to Forward.
HK Scottish suffered their first loss since joining the dizzy heights of Div 1 going down 2-1 to J-Leaguers. The men from the rising sun moved onto equal 10 points with the men with no sun (well apart from those 3 days in late August when everyone get burnt and B&Q has a mad rush on BBQ equipment!!) through goals from Tomoo Takahashi and Yozo Hirata. Stags scorer once again Lorenzo Gatti.
After 5 games into the season you wouldn’t want to say this was a must win for Mes but in order not to be cut adrift at the foot of the table it was a confidence boosting win. Despite the 3 goals margin San P’s manager Andrew Shiu didn’t feel that was a fair reflection on the game and again feels his team battled well but punished late on. Goals through Rahul Dananghani, Michael Rhodes, Tulio Cerolini and Alhaji Kallon took Mes off the bottom of the table into 10th and above San P’s on goal difference. Matt Patterson notching the consolation for the water boys.
DB might feel somewhat relieved to come away with all 3 points from a game where they only had 11 players and were totally “killed by the Goodfellas midfield” in the first half but as the old phrase goes you’ve got to score when on top and from a good counter attack Steven Lang notched for DB taking them into the half time oranges 1-0 up. The second half was more even and again it was a breakaway goal from veteran Scotty Holmes which secured the 3 points. A frustrating day for Goodfella’s who were a bit wasteful but felt hard done by with an goal disallowed for offside in first half which could have changed the day.
In the one game played in Division Two Bants secured a valuable 3-1 win over Young Guns at Kowloon Tsai Park with goals from regulars Sam Ameen and Willie Lee with debutant Hong Ng also getting on the score sheet. Wilfred Ma scored for the Young Guns in a tough game played in good spirits mentioned Bants manager Hao Tsang after the match. The win leapfrogs Bants to the top of the table playng a game extra than second place Soho Spartans who are point behind.