2022-23 BOC Life Hong Kong Premier League – Kitchee 3:0 Eastern
Kitchee hosted Eastern in Mongkok Stadium on Saturday afternoon for the third BOC Life Hong Kong Premier League fixture of the day. Two goals from Ruslan Mingazov, plus a lone strike from Poon Pui-hin, powered Kitchee past Eastern through a 3:0 victory.
Eastern nearly took the lead on the 8th minute, as Marcos Gondra connected with a teammate’s corner-kick delivery and headed the ball towards the net. However, Kitchee goalkeeper Paulo Da Silva proved equal to the task by tipping the ball over the crossbar.
On the 21st minute, Eastern went knocking on the Kitchee door once again. This time, Wu Chun-ming gave chase to a through ball from Victor Bertomeu, then cut towards the middle and let rip, only to be denied by a smart save from Paulo Da Silva in the Kitchee net.
Kitchee gathered its footing and started to apply pressure towards the Eastern goal.
On the 33rd minute, a Kitchee corner-kick attack saw the ball reaching Helio Goncalves at the back-post. The Kitchee veteran unleashed a timely shot but was denied by Eastern goalkeeper Yapp Hung-fai. Ruslan Mingazov went for the rebound but smashed the ball over the Eastern crossbar. The game remained scoreless at this point.
Moments later, it was once again Kitchee, as Cleiton Velasques stepped up to a Ruslan Mingazov delivery near the top of the box and unloaded. Unfortunately for Kitchee, Velasques’ effort failed to hit the target.
The first half finished with Kitchee and Eastern all squared goalless.
Early in the second, Kitchee had a great chance to take the lead, yet Dejan Damjanovic’s strike from the top of the box rung off the Eastern goal post and stayed out of the net.
Kitchee finally opened the score on the 54th minute, as Ruslan Mingazov connected with a teammate’s centering pass and nodded the ball home from the front post. Kitchee was up 1:0 early in the second half.
Shortly afterwards, Ruslan Mingazov had a great chance to double Kitchee’s lead, yet his shot from the Eastern doorstep failed to beat Eastern goalkeeper Yapp Hung-fai.
On the 64th minute, Kitchee came close once again. This time, Dejan Damjanovic seized the opportunity and pulled the trigger from the top of the Eastern box, only to be denied by the in-form Yapp Hung-fai.
In stoppage time, Kitchee hit Eastern with a second goal. A Kitchee cross saw Dejan Damjanovic added a touch on the ball. Ruslan Mingazov showed great awareness and redirected the ball into the Eastern net, giving the home side a 2:0 lead late in the game.
Right before the final whistle, Kitchee’s Poon Pui-hin buried a corner-kick delivery from close-range and made it 3:0 in the process. Kitchee was gradually pulling away through a late surge in the game.
The 3:0 stood unchanged towards the final whistle, as Kitchee edged Eastern through a 3:0 victory.