Courageous effort: Amphenol TCS's Nigerian defender Frank Emeka Myoneke (on the ground) sliding in to check the progress of Hong Kong Rangers FC's James Ha.
THE score does not matter for Hong Kong Rangers FC in their Malaysian tour to prepare for the Hong Kong FA’s inaugural Super League challenge.
But their thumping victory over a Combined Amphenol TCS XI was something else.
Amphenol had beefed up their team with Nigerian imports comprising students from Kuala Lumpur and players from Penang Youth FC as well as PBAPP FC, just to provide their rivals the much-needed resistance, but it still ended in an eight-goal galore.
The visiting Hong Kong Rangers FC, who had opened their tour in Penang, before moving down to Perak and then Kuala Lumpur to wrap up their playing tour of Malaysia, still proved too good for the combined effort of Amphenol TCS Invitation outfit.
Although Amphenol did well enough to confine the marauding Hong Kong professionals, who paraded as many as six imported players in a bid to decide the eventual four who will make the cut to the team proper, to just a two-goal lead at the end of the first half, they crumbled in the second half.
The Hong Kong professionals were scoring at will, and trooped out with an impressive 7-1 win.
It was one of their imports in attacking midfielder Gonzalez Lopez, who made it all happen. He successfully prised open the Amphenol goal by stabbing home a grounder cross past goalkeeper S. Kugen just after 19 minutes of play.
Lopez helped himself to goal number two beating Kugen with a well-placed header just before the breather.
With good things coming in threes, he was back to complete his hat-trick just six minutes into the second half, this time finishing off a move initiated by striker Cheuk Yiu Kwok.
When S. Iven delivered the fourth blow in the 68th minute, it put paid to Amphenol’s resistance and the Hong Kong Rangers raged on, oblivious to the goal scored by Mohamed Shahrul Nizam in the in the 71st minute.
They went on to add three more goals to their tally through Liu Song Wei (74th min), Yiu Kwok (78th min) and Lau Nim Yat (81st min).
Hong Kong Rangers FC coach Andy Cheung said that although the results produced during the tour was irrelevant, he was, nevertheless, delighted to see his squad treating their game seriously.
“I have no complain as far as our performances are anything to go by and I did like what I saw,” said Cheung at the end of their recent clash at the City Stadium in Penang.
“With our opponents being a young side and ready to give their best, they undoubtedly made very good sparring partners. Although the heat greatly affected them,
I can take pride that my players never gave up and piled on the pressure when the opportunity came.
“I would like to see more of such performances in our tour of Malaysia.”
Hong Kong Rangers FC who had finished fifth in the domestic Division One League
in their just concluded season, are gunning for a place in their inaugural nine-team Super League challenge which kicks off next month.
In Perak, they will play against Ipoh Friday Club and Kinta Indians Association before taking on newly promoted Premier League outfit Kuala Lumpur FA tomorrow.