R&F clashes with Kwoon Chung Southern in Sapling Cup group-stage curtain-raiser


R&F will take on Kwoon Chung Southern in Mongkok Stadium on Wednesday evening for a Sapling Cup Group B fixture. The match will kick-off at 8:00pm.

R&F is going through a yo-yo start in the new season. The Guangzhou-based side first defeated reigning premier league champion Wofoo Tai Po in the first round of the premier league by winning 1:4 away from home, then suffered a crushing 4:0 home loss on the hands of Eastern Long Lions last weekend. Players’ confidence will likely take a dent and it remains to be seen whether head coach Yeung Ching-kwong can do just enough to lift the players’ spirits in time for the battle against Kwoon Chung Southern.

Despite coming off a tough loss against Eastern Long Lions, R&F head coach Yeung Ching-kwong believes his side should be experienced enough to bounce back in time.

“It is natural for players’ confidence to suffer after a tough defeat. But our players are very experienced and we have worked hard over the past few days to find out what went wrong in the last game, hence I believe we have everything needed to bounce back in the Sapling Cup,” Yeung said.

Kwoon Chung Southern is enjoying a decent start to the new premier league campaign and has stayed undefeated in its first two league fixtures. The Hong Kong Island-side first defeated BC Rangers at home 3:1, then forced Lee Man to a 2:2 last weekend. Travis Major, James Ha and Nikola Komazec have formed a terrifying attacking force for Kwoon Chung Southern and the trio should put R&F’s defense into test on Wednesday evening.

Kwoon Chung Southern head coach Ricky Cheng reveals there will be several lineup changes on the cards for his side on Wednesday night.

“We started the game well last weekend against Lee Man but somehow lost our composure and turned shaky afterwards. Thankfully, players dug deep and managed to salvage something from the game. There could very well be some lineup changes for us on Wednesday night, as I want to use the occasion to give chances to several young players,” Cheng offered.