A SUPERB late strike by Richard Lant helped Eastern to victory over
strugglers Mansion last night.
The Mong Kok Stadium clash had seemed destined for a 1-1 draw until
the tall centre-half pulled of an audacious lob over Mansion 'keeper
The goal set up a spirited finish which saw two players _ Eastern's
Cheung Hung-fai and Mansion's Wong Chung-ming _ receive red cards in
Afterwards Lant said his goal was pure hit-and-hope.
"I saw the 'keeper coming off his line and the ball was falling right
for me. I stuck my foot out and as soon as I hit it I knew it was
going in," Lant said.
"I think on balance we deserved it. We created more chances and were
a lot sharper around the box. It's good to get some early points in
The victory propelled the champions to the top of the table on nine
points, but second placed Happy Valley have a game in hand.
Earlier Eastern had started the game in style, creating chance after
chance for striker Dale Tempest.
Fittingly it was Tempest who opened the scoring after 12 minutes with
a 25-yard curling free kick, which flew into the top corner.
But Mansion never gave up and they managed to keep both Nigerian
strikers _ Udeh Collins and Pascal Omeda _ in the match.
But it was a terrible error by Eastern's centre half, Tim Allpress,
which let Mansion back into the match.
Allpress badly misjudged a backpass to 'keeper Iain Hesford, allowing
Omeda to sneak in round the keeper and score from a tight angle.
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