Sapling Cup group-stage double-header awaits on Tuesday afternoon


On Tuesday afternoon, R&F will square off against Wofoo Tai Po in Jockey Club HKFA Football Training Centre Pitch No. 3 for a Sapling Cup Group B encounter. The match will kick-off at 1:00pm and will be played behind closed doors.

R&F currently sits in the third place of Group B with ten points from six Sapling Cup group matches. The mainland side still has a chance to catch group leader Kwoon Chung Southern at the top, thus will be going all out for three points against Wofoo Tai Po on Tuesday afternoon. Based on recent form, R&F sure looks like the side to beat, as the Guangzhou-based team has been playing some swashbuckling football, winning all three games in all competitions in 2020 and scoring thirteen goals along the way. With Serge Deble, Igor Sartori and Giovane Da Silva once again leading the line up-front, R&F is poised to put the Wofoo Tai Po defense under severe pressure.

After competing in six Sapling Cup group fixtures, Wofoo Tai Po has yet to open its winning account in this season’s competition and faces another uphill battle this week in the shape of fellow Group B side R&F. At the time of writing, Wofoo Tai Po sits firmly at the bottom of the group, with a mere two points from six Sapling Cup group-stage outings. While the New Territories side might have drawn back-to-back Sapling Cup matches recently, it should also be note that Wofoo Tai Po had faced R&F on two occasions so far this season – losing both matches while conceding nine goals in the process. It remains to be seen whether Wofoo Tai Po players can put on a solid display against R&F on Tuesday afternoon and salvage some pride.

Later on the same day, BC Rangers will take on Lee Man in Jockey Club HKFA Football Training Centre Pitch No. 2 for a Sapling Cup Group A fixture. The match will go underway at 4:00pm and will be played behind closed doors.

With only a single point from its first seven Sapling Cup group fixtures, BC Rangers is rooted firmly at the bottom of Group A with no chance of advancing to the final, hence the young side is left playing for pride entering its final Sapling Cup fixture and no one is sure what to expect. In fact, BC Rangers has allowed a jaw-dropping seventeen goals in its past three matches, all losses to boot. Even with newly-signed striker Stefan Pereira already forming a solid partnership with fellow marksman Leandro Basan, getting a result against Lee Man sure seems like a daunting task.

Like fellow Group A opponent BC Rangers, Lee Man will enter its last remaining Sapling Cup group fixture with its fate already sealed. With seven points from seven group fixtures, Lee Man does not stand any chance of making it to the Sapling Cup final, thus might lean towards handing out some much-needed game-time to its promising young players. Young Yu Wai-lim and Leo Chow have both served up some solid performances in this season’s Sapling Cup competition, while fifteen year-old Law Cheuk-hei made his professional debut for Lee Man in the team’s previous Sapling Cup outing and might be called up once again.