South China edge Yangon at home

South China scored a late winner to edge Yangon United 2-1 in a Group G clash in the AFC Cup on Wednesday.

The visitors took the early lead at Mong Kok Stadium in Hong Kong via Kunihiro Yamahita in the 24th minute. The Japanese defender ran out to meet David Htan’s low corner with a diving header that took a deflection passed South China stopper Tsang Man Fai.

The home side then turned up the heat on attack and it paid off as Ryan Griffiths was brought down in the penalty area, leaving the referee no choice but to award a penalty. Griffiths would equalise from the spot minutes before the break.

Yangon were then reduced to ten men when striker Kyaw Ko Ko earned his second yellow card in the 69th minute after he pulled back defender Chan Wai Ho.

The red card ultimately opened the game up for the Hong Kong club, who forced a number of good saves from the Yangon goalkeeper Fernando. 

Eventually, the pressure told and Mahama Awal was able to break the deadlock. Lam Hiu Chung provided the cross and Awal met it perfectly with his head, scoring with six minutes of time left on the clock and cueing wild celebrations from the home fans.

The three points see South China rocket up from the bottom of the group to second place, while Yangon slip to third, one point behind South China on five points, leaving it all to play for on Match Day 6.