2019-20 HKFA Senior Shield – R&F 2:1 Hong Kong Pegasus
R&F and Hong Kong Pegasus met up on Saturday afternoon in Tsing Yi Sports Ground for a Senior Shield quarter-final clash. A Giovane Da Silva-double powered R&F past Hong Kong Pegasus 2:0 and advanced to the semi-final.
R&F came up with an early chance and almost opened the score. On the 6th minute, Fong Pak-lun pulled the trigger on a great shot but saw his effort rung off the goal-post and stayed out of the net.
On the 11th minute, it was R&F once again. This time, Matthew Lam unleashed a cracking long-range drive but could not get past Hong Kong Pegasus goalkeeper Law King-hei.
R&F kept the pressure coming. On the 19th minute, Igor Sartori made a great cross and whipped the ball towards the middle. Lam Zhi Gin connected but fired the ball at the side-netting.
Hong Kong Pegasus came up with a rare chance on the 27th minute. Chan Hiu-fung finished on a counter-attack by driving the ball towards the R&F goal from the edge of the box, only to be nicely handled by R&F goalkeeper Zhou Yuchen.
On the 35th minute, R&F generated a half-decent chance. Igor Sartori delivered a teasing cross from the right wing and found teammate Thiago De Leonco. The latter dished out a tasty header but could not hit the intended target.
In the second-half, it was still R&F dominating the proceedings. On the 63rd minute, Igor Sartori fired a low drive from the top of the box but sent the ball wide.
On the 67th minute, Sean Tse unleashed a cracking long-shot from outside the box but ended up hitting the woodwork. Lo Kwan-yee tried to convert the rebound but fired the ball wide.
R&F opened the score on the 73rd minute, as Lo Kwan-yee knocked a great cross towards the middle. Giovane Da Silva soared high and directed the ball home with a great header. R&F was up 1:0.
On the 83rd minute, Hong Kong Pegasus tied the game. Forward Charles Lokoli Ngoy made a great run with the ball and reached the R&F box. The latter pulled the trigger and found the back of the R&F net. The score was tied at 1:1.
Deep in stoppage time, R&F netted the game-winner, as Giovane Da Silva buried a Thiago De Leonco cross and fired the ball home.
The score stood towards the final whistle, as R&F defeated Hong Kong Pegasus 2:1 and made it to the next round of the competition.