2022-23 Sapling Cup – Sham Shui Po 1:5 Wofoo Tai Po
Sham Shui Po and Wofoo Tai Poi met up on Saturday afternoon in Tai Po Sports Ground for a Sapling Cup Group A encounter. A Paulo Simionato hat-trick, plus goals from Naveed and Chan Hiu-fung, led Wofoo Tai Po past Sham Shui Po through a convincing 5:1 victory.
Early in the game, Wofoo Tai Po wasted little time and drew first blood of the game. On the 8th minute, Naveed buried a rebound inside the Sham Shui Po box and found the back of the net, putting his side in front with an early lead.
On the 22nd minute, Wofoo Tai Po came close to doubling its lead. Naveed whipped in a dangerous cross from the left side and found teammate Cheung Lik-hang. The latter unloaded a smashing drive but blasted the ball over the crossbar.
A minute later, Wofoo Tai Po’s Chan Hiu-fung unleashed a cracking shot from just outside the Sham Shui Po penalty area but could not get his shot past Sham Shui Po goalkeeper Tai Ting-hong.
Wofoo Tai Po continued to dominate the proceedings. On the 30th minute, Chung Wai-keung connected with a teammate’s cross and dished out a tasty diving header towards the net, only to be stopped by Tai Ting-hong in the Sham Shui Po goal once again.
Late in the first half, Wofoo Tai Po finally made it 2:0. This time, Chan Hiu-fung collected the ball through a Joao Emir pass, then fired the ball home from just outside the Sham Shui Po penalty area. The first half eventually ended with Wofoo Tai Po leading 2:0.
Sham Shui Po managed to pull one back in the second half. On the 66th minute, Chan Ho converted his close-range header and nodded the ball home, cutting Wofoo Tai Po’s lead into half.
However, Sham Shui Po conceded almost immediately, as Paulo Simionato broke behind the Sham Shui Po defense, then finished off his one-on-one chance against goalkeeper Tai Ting-kong. Wofoo Tai Po was now leading 3:1.
On the 83rd minute, Wofoo Tai Po expanded its lead. Paulo Simionato picked up the ball through a Wong Tsz-chun pass, then pulled the trigger from just outside the Sham Shui Po box. The ball found the back of the net and made it 4:1 in the process. Wofoo Tai Po was now pulling away.
Late in the game, the referee spotted a Sham Shui Po player committing a foul inside his own box and awarded Wofoo Tai Po with a penalty. Paulo Simionato converted the spot-kick, completed his hat-trick and made it 5:1 for Wofoo Tai Po.
Both sides failed to add to the score in the remaining regulation time, as Wofoo Tai Po went on to beat Sham Shui Po by 5:1.