2019-2020 Jockey Club Women's League (1st Div.) - League Update

2019-12-10

A 2019-2020 Jockey Club Women's League (1st Div.) heavy-weight clash between Citizen and Happy Valley took place on Saturday evening in Happy Valley Recreation Ground. Happy Valley scored early in the game and never looked back, eventually beating Citizen by 4:1.

Happy Valley got off to a brilliant start in the game. Seven minutes into the game, Yasmin SUNG took advantage of some sloppy defending from Citizen and found the back of the opposing net through a lovely lob-shot. It was 1:0 for Happy Valley.

On the 16th minute, Citizen’s KWOK Ching Man accidentally knocked the ball into her own net through a goal-mouth scramble, making it 2:0 for the opponent.

Citizen managed to get on the scoreboard on the 25th minute, as CHEUNG Wai Ki pulled one back for her side with a well-taken goal, cutting Happy Valley’s lead into half.

Late in the first-half, Yasmin SUNG found herself on the receiving-end of a lovely cross from POON Ka Ka. The Happy Valley striker duly tucked the ball home, making it 3:1 for her team.

Early in the second-half, Happy Valley’s POON Ka Ka fired home from close-range, giving her side a 4:1 lead.

However, Citizen did not give up yet shots from Limbu, Sneha and CHEUNG Wai Ki failed to find the back of the Happy Valley goal.

At the end, it was Happy Valley that came out victorious, as the side went on to beat Citizen by 4:1.

Happy Valley head coach CHENG Hon Kit believes the team executed its game-plan throughout the game and had arguably its best overall performance of the season.

“We did exactly what we planned to do prior to the game, minimizing the space of the opponent and nullifying their room to operate and dribbling,” said the Happy Valley tactician.

“Our defenders had a great game but overall, we still need to improve our passing game.”

Happy Valley goal-scorer Yasmin SUNG was visibly delighted with her part in leading the team to a commanding victory on the evening.

“We might have had a slight advantage in the title-chase at the moment but nevertheless, it is still very early to talk about our chances of winning the league-title.”

After the final-whistle, Citizen head coach CHAN Shuk Chi admits her troops have a lot of improvements to be made.

“We did not perform well defensively and allowed the opponent to pull further away on the scoreboard,” Chan said.

“I actually believe the two sides are quite even in terms of strengths but once the opponent had established a decent lead, it became difficult for us to mount a comeback.”

Citizen forward CHEUNG Wai Ki did not mince her words after the disappointing loss.

“We lost because we were not united enough,” Cheung deadpanned.

“The opponent performed at a much higher level than us on the evening. We can only look forward to doing better in the future.”