Dongguan Centurycity F.A. Cup: Kitchee meets HVAA in the final

2004-05-03




qdom Both semi-finals of the F.A. Cup was played until extra time. Defending Champions Sun Hei was knocked out by Kitchee with the score 2-1, while HVAA defeated Xiangxue Pharmaceutical with the same scoreline. The final of F.A. Cup will be played on May 9th in the Hong Kong Stadium.Under the hot weather yesterday, both Sun Hei and Kitchee did not perform to their standards with numerous mistakes. Kitchee did not put all men behind the ball, which affected the midfield creativity of Sun Hei, wiht player got caught in the offside trap for a few times. Kitchee, on the other hand, had Mihailo Jovanovic showing off his skills, but striker Chan Siu-kay was not supported enough. Sun Hei had three chances within two minutes towards the end of the first half, but Julius Akosah failed to grab the chance, Lau Chi-keung's shot was saved by 'keeper Xiao Guoji, and Andre Harwig's header hit the bar. The first half ended 0-0. The introduction of Rochi Putiray in the 2nd half brought chances for Kitchee. In the 50th minute, Feng Jizhi headed home David Williamson's corner for Kitchee, 1-0. However, Ailton De Araujo was sent off for his 2nd yellow card of the day for minutes later. Sun Hei, with one-man advantage, equalised in the 57th minutes. Marcio Anacleto broke down the right flank and shot, 'keeper Xiao Guoji probably thought it was a cross and let the ball in at the near post, 1-1. Sun Hei had a great chance to take the lead, but Julius Akosah hit the ball at the bar from close range, giving Kitchee a chance to get some breath. In the remaining times, although Sun Hei were the upper hand, veteran Chan Chi-kwong, Lam Hing-lun and defender Fung Ka-ki played well to deny Sun Hei. The game ended 1-1 after Jose Ricardo limped out of the pitch, and in the extra time they went. In the first half of extra time, Kitchee's counter attack were dangerous, with Sun Hei 'keeper Chan Domingos saved Rochi Putiray and Mihailo Jocanovic's shots. It looked like the game would go into the 2nd half of extra time, but Wilfed Bamnjo broke the offside trap in the 14th minute, and lobbed the ball into the goal passed the 'keeper. kitchee entered the final with this golden goal. ===== In the 2nd game, HVAA vs Xiangxue were as breathtaking as the first game. Both teams didn't create much clear-cut chances in the first half, leaving the score 0-0. Xiangxue defender He Wenyao scored a brilliant free kick in the 60th minute, 1-0. Happy Valley hit back instantly, and equalised in the 67th minute. Martin Jancula headed home Cheung Sai-ho's cross, 1-1. Both 'keepers, Fan Chun-yip and Zhou Zhanhong, played very well in the game. And with Roger Batoum and Sham Kwok-keung shot at the post and the bar respectively. In the 7th minute of extra time, HVAA's Sham Kwok-keung shot from 30 yards, Zhou Zhanhong was in the wrong position and let the ball in at the near post. Happy Valley enters the final, 2-1. Attn: 1482