2019-20 BOC Life Hong Kong Premier League – Happy Valley 2:5 R&F
Happy Valley and R&F gathered in Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground on Friday afternoon for the latest fixture in the BOC Life Hong Kong Premier League. A hat-trick performance by Serge Deble, plus goals from Lam Zhi Gin and Luis Chebel, saw R&F overpowering Happy Valley through a 5:2 victory.
R&F wasted no time and laid immediate pressure towards the Happy Valley goal. On the 3rd minute, Giovane Da Silva carved open the Happy Valley defense with a lovely forward pass. Serge Deble gave chase and fired a quick shot from inside the Happy Valley box. Goalkeeper To Chun-kiu managed to go full stretch, got a hand on the ball and saw it hit the goal-post. A Happy Valley defender alertly rushed to the scene and cleared the ball away.
The game hit a stalemate afterwards the and the next proper scoring chance did not occur until the 24th minute, when Igor Sartori connected with a teammate’s long pass and headed the ball forward to the Happy Valley box. Striker Giovane Da Silva chased down the loose ball and fired a running shot that sailed over the Happy Valley crossbar.
R&F drew first blood of the game on the 35th minute. Happy Valley goalkeeper To Chun-kiu saw his pass intercepted by R&F’s Lam Zhi Gin. The latter then picked out teammate Serge Deble with a fine delivery, who duly rounded To Chun-kiu and slotted the ball home. R&F was now in front 1:0.
R&F quickly doubled its lead on the 42nd minute. Igor Sartori made a dangerous run down the right wing and delivered an accurate cross into the Happy Valley penalty area. Serge Deble beat Happy Valley defender Yip Cheuk-man to the ball and powered it home through a towering header. The score was now 2:0 with R&F in front.
On the 55th minute, R&F went knocking on the Happy Valley door once again, as midfielder Matthew Lam launched a scorching long-range bomb from outside the box that was spectacularly paved away by goalkeeper To Chun-kiu.
Happy Valley pulled one back on the 67th minute in sensational manner. On the 67th minute, Poon Pui-hin knocked a great cross deep into the R&F box. Ng Ka-yeung went airborne and fired an acrobatic shot that hit the far-post and went into the net. Happy Valley managed to cut R&F’s lead into half.
R&F restored its two-goal lead on the 75th minute, as Lam Zhi Gin found himself on the receiving end of a teammate’s forward pass, then shook off several Happy Valley players inside the box and fired the ball home. The score was now 3:1 with R&F in front.
R&F then added another goal on the 76th minute, as Lam Zhi Gin’s diagonal pass was one-timed home by Serge Deble inside the Happy Valley penalty area. Serge Deble completed his hat-trick on the day and R&F was now comfortably in front with a 4:1 lead.
Happy Valley did not give up and pulled one back on the 82nd minute. Jahingir Khan knocked a low cross towards the R&F goal-mouth from the left wing. Several Happy Valley and R&F players both missed connecting with the ball. Substitute Henry Moore did not miss from the goal-mouth and redirected the ball home. Happy Valley was now trailing by two goals.
On the 88th minute, Matthew Lam’s in-swinging corner-kick was headed home by Luis Chebel. R&F was now leading 5:2.
Both sides failed to add to the score in the remaining regulation time, as R&F defeated Happy Valley by 5:2.