AFC Cup 2019: Tai Po get the better of Kitchee SC in clash of Hong Kong clubs; April 25 off to winning start

AFC Cup Tai Po

In a clash of Hong Kong clubs in the AFC Cup 2019 on Wednesday, Wofoo Tai Po FC defeated Kitchee SC to get their campaign off to a winning start at the Mong Kok Stadium in Hong Kong.

The game was won the Hong Kong Premier League runners-up in stunning fashion as two late goals helped them gain all three points after Kitchee had come back from two goals down to make it 2-2 with four minutes of play left!

Tai Po, who reached the group stages of the AFC Cup via play-offs, stunned the Hong Kong champions by taking the lead in the 31st minute through Joao Pereira before Igor Sartori made it 2-0 five minutes into the second half.

However, Fernando Pedreira launched a comeback for Kitchee as he found the back of the net in the 63rd minute before Dani Cancela equalised in the 86th minute. It looked like both the Hong Kong sides will share the spoil in the Group I opener.

However, Tai Po had other plans. Chung Wai Keung pulled them back into the lead in the 88th minute before Harry Sawyer gave them the cushion of a 4-2 lead in the fourth minute of the second half added time.

April 25 off to a winning start against Hang Yuen

2018’s inter-zonal play-off finalists April 25 SC of DPR Korea recorded three points in their opener as they downed Hang Yuen FC 3-0 at the Hsinchu County Second Stadium in Zhubei.

O Hyok-chol opened the scoring for the North Koreans in the 33rd minute before Son Phyong-il doubled their advantage just before the half-time break. Kim Yu-song completed the scoring to make it 3-0 in the second half added time.

April 25 SC and Tai Po have three points each in Group I while Kitchee and Hang Yuen will be hoping to get off the mark in the next round of fixtures coming up on April 17.