ASEAN & East Asia Domestic Wrap: Hong Kong FA Cup finalists confirmed
Kuala Lumpur: R&F and Eastern SC will face off in the Hong Kong FA Cup final after the sides won their respective semi-finals over the weekend.
Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC played out a 1-1 draw in Australia’s A-League on Saturday, meanwhile, as Melbourne City narrowed the gap at the top with a win over Central Coast Mariners.
And in what was a scaled down few days of action across ASEAN and East Asia, Tampines Rovers continue to look strong in Singapore.
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Hong Kong: R&F to meet Eastern in FA Cup final
R&F progressed to their first-ever Hong Kong FA Cup final after edging past Wofoo Tai Po on penalties following a thrilling semi-final on Sunday. A goal to the good, league leaders R&F looked to be heading towards the final, only for Dudu to equalise in the fifth minute of stoppage time to ensure an additional 30 minutes.
Michel Lugo then put Tai Po in front but Tiago levelled for R&F to take the game to penalties, before R&F’s goalkeeper Zhou Yuchen proved the hero by saving from Chan Mai-fai with what was the only spot-kick not to hit the back of the net.
In the other semi-final, Eastern made light work of Pegasus on Saturday, with Sandro and Everton Camargo each scoring twice in a comprehensive 5-0 victory as they returned to the final for the first time since 2015.
Eastern have won the FA Cup four times, with their last victory coming in 2014. The final is currently scheduled to be held on May 31.
Australia: Sydney derby ends in stalemate
Kwame Yeboah’s 82nd-minute equaliser secured a share of the spoils for Western Sydney Wanders after a 1-1 draw against city rivals Sydney FC on Saturday.
Adam Le Fondre had given the league leaders the lead in first half but Western Sydney again proved Steve Corica’s side’s nemesis with the point adding to the two wins they claimed over Sydney FC earlier in the season.
On Friday, Melbourne City recovered from conceding an early goal away at Central Coast Mariners as Jamie MacLaren scored a hat-trick in a 4-2 victory to cut Sydney’s lead to eight points and extend the bottom team's losing run to 10 successive games.
Also on Friday, Brisbane Roar posted their third win in a row after seeing off Newcastle Jets 1-0 to stay fourth and close the gap on third-placed Wellington Phoenix to just a point.
Singapore: Tampines extend lead
Tampines Rovers moved three points clear at the top of the Singapore Premier League after scoring four goals in 22 second-half minutes to defeat the Lion City Sailors 4-0 last Wednesday.
Elsewhere, Albirex Niigata Singapore are third after playing out a 2-2 draw against Tanjong Pagar on Friday and are four points off the top with a game in hand.
Finally, Balestier Khalsa and Hougang United also finished 2-2 and the teams sit fourth and fifth respectively.
Photo: Eastern SC
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