2019-20 BOC Life Hong Kong Premier League - Happy Valley 1:1 Best Union Yuen Long
Happy Valley hosted Best Union Yuen Long on Sunday afternoon in Hammer Hill Road Sport Ground for the lone BOC Life Hong Kong Premier League fixture of the day. Happy Valley and Best Union Yuen Long traded goals in the well-fought match and eventually settled on an exciting 1:1 draw.
Best Union Yuen Long nearly opened the score in the opening minutes. On the 5th minute, Lai Hau-hei whipped a lovely free-kick deep into the Happy Valley box. Tsang Chi-hau went fully stretched at the back-post but directed the ball over the crossbar.
On the 10th minute, Happy Valley came up with its own scoring chance. A Happy Valley player knocked the ball towards the middle from the right-wing. Manu Gavilan pulled the trigger on a one-timer but saw his effort nicely charged away by Yip Ka-yu in the Best Union Yuen Long goal.
The home side generated another scoring chance on the 24th minute. Lam Ngai-tong’s free-kick was nodded away by a Best Union Yuen Long player. The ball fell in front of Alexander Jojo outside the Best Union Yuen Long box, who duly fired it wide off target.
On the 37th minute, Best Union Yuen Long came up with a half-chance, as Junior Soares’ shot from the right-wing bounced wide of the Happy Valley goal-post.
Moments later, Best Union Yuen Long was at it again. This time, Yiu Ho-ming took aim with his free-kick from the right-flank and knocked the ball straight towards goal, only to be nicely handled by Happy Valley goalkeeper Chung Wai-ho.
Best Union Yuen Long took the lead in the second-half. On the 58th minute, a Happy Valley player was spotted by the referee committing a foul inside his own box. The referee duly awarded the visitors with a penalty-shot. Mikael Severo took the spot-kick for Best Union Yuen Long and fired the ball home with authority. The visitors now had a one-goal lead.
Happy Valley tried to launch a comeback and came close on the 61st minute. Alexander Jojo unleashed a cracking shot from the left-wing that was sensationally stopped by Yip Ka-yu in the Best Union Yuen Long net.
Moments later, it was Happy Valley’s turn once again. This time, midfielder Wong Wing-kit unloaded from outside the box but was comfortably handled by Best Union Yuen Long goalkeeper Yip Ka-yu.
Best Union Yuen Long nearly added to its lead on the 75th minute. Tsang Tsz-hin knocked the ball towards the middle from the left-wing. Junior Soares applied a timely header at the back-post but could not get past Happy Valley goalkeeper Chung Wai-ho.
Happy Valley sent its supporters into frenzy on the 83rd minute, as Lai Pui-kei unleashed a curling free-kick that found the back of the Best Union Yuen Long goal, tying the game at 1:1.
Late in the game, Happy Valley’s Alexander Jojo picked up his second booking of the game and his subsequent marching order. Happy Valley was down to ten men.
Both sides failed to add to the score in the remaining regulation time, as Happy Valley and Best Union Yuen Long shook hands on a 1:1 draw.