SING Tao missed a golden opportunity to go to the top of the First
Division standings when they let South China run riot with three
second half goals at the Mong Kok Stadium last night.
The final score was 3-2 in South China's favour and the Tigers will be
knocking themselves silly, asking why they blew a 2-0 lead in front of
a capacity crowd of 8500.
Adding to the Tiger's misery was the fact defender Darren Jackson was
sent off after shoving South China's Sung Linyung while pressuring the
Caroliners goal three minutes from time.
The win puts South China even with Instant-Dict and Golden on the top
of the standings, and with every match counting, the best indication
of how the league will develop will depend on Monday night's clash
between Instant-Dict and Golden.
The Tigers had a fantastic first half as they bombarded the Caroliners
The opening minutes saw Sing Tao come closest to scoring through,
first, Rudi Hedman and then Nicky Dent, but they were denied.
Eventually, it was Dent who put the Tigers in the lead when he slid
home a Chu Yiu-tai cross in the 23rd minute. Fifteen minutes later, a
move started by left winger Lau Chi-yuen, ended with right winger Chan
Chi-kong slamming in goal number two.
But instead of piling on the pressure the Tigers relaxed.
Eighteen minutes after the break, the Caroliners narrowed the gap
through defender Aurelio Da Silva when he converted a Lee Kin-wo
Lee then scored the equaliser in the 82nd minute after Tiger's keeper
Darren Collier failed to hold onto a loose ball.
Lee quickly pounced on the defensive blunder and the Caroliners were
on level terms. Five minutes from time, Brazilian Aurelio flicked in
the match-winner from an Au Wai-lun cross.
South China coach Wong Man-wai said luck was on their side in the
"We made a few changes and attacked from the flanks, but if you
really ask me, I think we were lucky," he said.
Everton striker Daniel Amokachi has made a speedy recovery from a head
injury against Reykjavic.
He was caught on the temple in an aerial challenge during the 3-1
victory in the European Cup Winners' Cup.