2019-20 BOC Life Hong Kong Premier League – R&F 2:0 Happy Valley
R&F and Happy Valley met up in Yanzigang Stadium, Guangzhou on a glorious Saturday afternoon for a BOC Life Hong Kong Premier League fixture. R&F striker Igor Sartori scored in both halves of the game and powered his side past Happy Valley by 2:0 on the day.
R&F enjoyed the upper-hand early in the first-half. On the 10th minute, Igor Sartori picked up the ball on the left-side of the box, then righted himself, before drilling a sweet shot that found the back of the Happy Valley net, putting the home side in front 1:0.
On the 18th minute, R&F came up with another great scoring chance. This time, Igor Sartori’s corner-kick delivery from the right-wing found teammate Leung Nok-hang in the middle. The latter pulled the trigger on a quick-shot but was stopped by To Chun-kiu in the Happy Valley goal.
Happy Valley came up with a rare scoring chance on the 23rd minute, when Manu Gavilan chested the ball down inside the R&F box, then rip a bouncing shot that went wide off the R&F goal.
R&F regained dominance late in the first-half. On the 42nd minute, Igor Sartori unleashed a cracking shot from the edge of the box but was denied by a superb reaction save from Happy Valley goalkeeper To Chun-kiu.
Right before the half-time whistle, Happy Valley came up with a half-chance, as Wong Wing-kit’s long-shot failed to hit the intended target. Happy Valley was trailing by a goal heading into the interval.
Happy Valley came up with the first scoring chance of the second-half. On the 58th minute, Manu Gavilan fired from the right-flank but was confidently smothered by Zhou Yuchen in the R&F net.
On the other end, R&F’s Lam Zhi Gin unloaded from the left-wing but could not hit the intended target.
Happy Valley generated a decent chance on the 67th minute. A teasing cross from the right-wing was punched away by R&F goalkeeper Zhou Yuchen. The ball fell in front of Wong Wing-kit, who duly let rip but fired the ball wide.
On the 73rd minute, the home side probably should have added to its lead. Bai He knocked a forward pass straight into the Happy Valley box. Lam Hin-ting latched onto the delivery and one-timed the ball towards the R&F net but missed hitting the target.
R&F nearly got in front late in the game. On the 84th minute, Serge Deble fired a running shot from the left-wing but blasted the ball wide.
Late in the game, R&F’s Igor Sartori broke loose, darted into the Happy Valley box and fired the ball past goalkeeper To Chun-kiu. The score was 2:0 at this point.
The score stood towards the final whistle, as R&F went on to beat Happy Valley by 2:0.