Sapling Cup and FA Cup both resume on the weekend
Domestic cup matches will resume on the upcoming weekend, as Sham Shui Po will square off against Wofoo Tai Po in Tai Po Sports Ground on Saturday afternoon for a Sapling Cup Group A fixture. The match will go underway at 15:00.
Sham Shui Po is coming off a crushing 0:10 defeat on the hands of Kitchee and is seeking ways to bounce back. The task will not be easy though, as the district team has so far gone three games winless so far this season, conceding a staggering fifteen goals while scoring none. The presence of veteran Lo Kong-wai, To Chun-kiu and Lau Ho-lam has so far failed to stabilize the team and these wily old heads must take on bigger roles in the side, in order to give Sham Shui Po a fighting chance to succeed.
Similar to Sham Shui Po, Wofoo Tai Po is still searching for its first victory of the new season. However, the New Territories side has remained mostly competitive in its past four games – drawing once and losing three but never lost for more than a goal. The Green Army can almost taste victory and a potential win over Sham Shui Po on the weekend might not be out of reach at all. Young goalkeeper Lin Chi-kei started for Wofoo Tai Po in the previous Sapling Cup outing and did quite well on the occasion. The promising custodian could be in line for another call of duty.
On Sunday afternoon, RCFC will take on HKFC in Mongkok Stadium for an FA Cup Round 1 encounter. The match will kick-off at 15:00.
RCFC is fresh off a 1:1 draw against HKFC in the premier league and will be hoping to go one step further, beating the Happy Valley-based side and moving on in the FA Cup. Brazilian forward Felipe Sa continued to be the number one threat in the RCFC lineup. Sa missed a penalty early in the previous game against HKFC but managed to score the goal that salvaged a point for his side. While Sa has always been a threat in the RCFC lineup, other players must step up their games and to try to take the attacking load off the Brazilian marksman.
Not many people would have thought HKFC will have four points in its pocket after the first two rounds of the premier league but that is exactly the case for the Happy Valley-based side. HKFC scored the opening goal when it last met RCFC but somehow failed to close out the deal, allowing Felipe Sa to tie the game for RCFC and eventually dropping two welcoming points. The two sides will once again meet up on the weekend and with physical forward Olivier Ngue leading the line, it will be extremely interesting to see whether the pressure-less HKFC can upset RCFC on the day.