Happy Valley, Wofoo Tai Po, Lee Man and BC Rangers fight to open Sapling Cup winning accounts on the
Happy Valley and Wofoo Tai Po are due to meet up on Saturday afternoon in Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground for a Sapling Cup Group B fixture. The match will kick-off at 2:30pm.
Happy Valley currently resides in the basement of Group B and will need to pick up points in the earliest possible manner, in order to stay in the fight of making it out of the group-stage. At the time of writing, Happy Valley has competed in two Sapling Cup fixtures so far and fell short on both occasions, first to Kwoon Chung Southern, then to Best Union Yuen Long. More alarmingly, Happy Valley has yet to score in this season’s Sapling Cup, putting extra pressure on its defense. Forward Lai Pui-kei boasts immense talent and can unlock any defense with his undoubted individual skills, yet consistency seems to elude the Happy Valley youngster and his play on the Saturday afternoon will likely affect his side’s winning chances.
Similar to Happy Valley, Wofoo Tai Po is still looking for its first victory in this season’s Sapling Cup tournament. The New Territories side completed its first Sapling Cup Group B outing in October by dropping an eight-goal thriller against R&F, losing 3:5 on the day. Star striker Alessandro Leonardo is away with Hong Kong on international duty in the EAFF E-1 Football Championship 2019 Final Korea Republic and will be missing the game against Happy Valley as a result. Leonardo’s absence will likely recreate a void in the Wofoo Tai Po line-up, yet it will also present youngsters with opportunities to step up and to showcase their talents.
On Sunday afternoon, Lee Man will take on BC Rangers in Sham Shui Po Sports Ground for a Sapling Cup Group A clash. The match will go underway at 2:30pm.
At the time of writing, Lee Man only has a single point to show for after its first three Sapling Cup Group A fixtures. The side first drew Kitchee 2:2, then lost to Hong Kong Pegasus 1:3, before falling short against Eastern Long Lions 0:2. With games running out for Lee Man in the Sapling Cup group-stage, this is virtually a must-win fixture for the team and it remains to be seen how Lee Man will perform without the services of goalkeeper Yuen Ho-chun and forward Cheng Siu-kwan, who are both on international duty with Hong Kong in the EAFF E-1 Football Championship 2019 Final Korea Republic.
After losing its first two fixtures in Sapling Cup Group A against Eastern Long Lions and Hong Kong Pegasus, BC Rangers now finds itself sitting at the basement of the group. While premier league-survival remains the number one priority for the historical club, young BC Rangers players will still hope to put on a good show on the day and try to nick points off Lee Man. After starting the season brightly, promising goalkeeper Lo Siu-kei has found himself excluded from the BC Rangers starting line-ups in the past three games and weekend’s Sapling Cup fixture might be a great opportunity for the young custodian to earn a timely recall and to further showcase his talent.