It’s time for yet another update from the eastern part of Asia. You won’t get anything from South Korea here though, for that you have to follow this link. If you didn’t catch last week’s review you can find that here. Let’s dive straight in, shall we?
Goals, goals, goals in Chinese Taipei
In Chinese Taipei there’s only two games to report on since last time, but boy did they deliver. You wouldn’t think a match between bottom of the league NSTC against Royal Blues, who are second from bottom. Well, you would be wrong. NSTC took the lead but Royal Blues came back with a vengeance and scored five unanswered goals. NSTC managed to pull a further two goals back but still lost 5-3 in the end. That was Royal Blues first win this season, NSTC are still looking for that elusive three-pointer.
In the other match Taicheng who had been put under pressure by Royal Blues’ win, got their second win of the season, against third-placed Tainan City. And what a way to respond. Taicheng won 8-1 in a great upset.
Isla de Ladrones march on in Guam
Top of the league Isla de Ladrones beat Bank of Guam Strykers 2 3-1 on Wednesday last week. BOG2 have been busy as they also played on Saturday, resulting in another loss. This time a 7-1 defeat to NAPA Rovers.
In other games University of Guam Tritons beat Bombers 3-2 and Bank of Guam Strykers beat Islanders 3-1.
Kitchee has done what Barcelona couldn’t. They managed to stay invincible for an entire season. On the final day of the Hong Kong Premier League they beat sixth placed Yuen Long 2-0. Elsewhere, Wofoo Tai Po and Pegaus battled it out for second place in a winner takes all affair. It ended in drama as Pegasus took the lead but Tai Po came back and scored the winning goal in the 89th minute!
In the three pointless games of the final round, Hong Kong Rangers drew 1-1 with Dreams FC, Warriors lost 4-1 to R&F and Southern District beat Eastern 3-2.
The Hong Kong league is now over but there are still two cup finals to be played, in the FA Cup and the Sapling Cup. Both finals are between Kitchee and Tai Po and we will update you on those results as they happen.
Nearly 100% Benfica in Macau
Benfica had the chance to win all 12 of their league games this season and only second-placed MUST CPK stood in their way on Friday. But unfortunately, they didn’t manage it. They were 2-0 up going into the second half but CPK pegged one back after Benfica got one man sent off and in the 92nd minute Ho Ka Seng equalised with a lovely chip over the keeper and destroyed Benfica’s hopes of an all-win season. Still got the invincible season, so it’s not all bad.
In the other matches Lai Chi finished winless after being smashed 9-0 by Cheng Fung. Joining them down the bottom are Alfandega who lost 5-0 to Tak Chun Ka I. Sporting Macau finished in third after beating Monte Carlo 3-0 while Hang Sai and Policia drew 2-2 to close off the Macau season.
Erchim back on top in Mongolia
Despite a slightly slow start to the season reigning champions Erchim are back on top in Mongolia after three games have been played. They played Athletic 220 and won 2-1 in a match that technically belong in the next round but was pushed forward to this weekend.
The match between Selenge Press and Ulaanbaatar FC was postponed on Tuesday last week but both teams played this weekend as Selenge lost 1-0 to Anduud City and Ulaanbaatar won 1-0 over Khangarid. Gepro are still winless after losing 2-0 to Ulaanbaatar City while Arvis had a horrible weekend, losing 8-0 to Deren.
North Korea no-shows
It happened again. I keep coming up empty-handed for this portion of the roundup as it is literally impossible to find out how the matches in North Korea have gone or if there even have been matches played. If you know, then don’t hesitate in contacting us on twitter @FootballAsiaUK
Celebrating mothers in Northern Mariana Islands
There haven’t been any football to speak of in the Northern Mariana Islands either, but that is for a much better reason. It was mother’s day this weekend and as such no games were played so that people could stay at home with their families and celebrate their loved ones. Here’s to you mothers all over the world, you are doing a great job!