Ching Fung defeats C.P.K. to claim the Macau FA Cup

The Macau season reached the end after Ching Fung beat C.P.K. to win the Macau FA Cup, in Taiwan the top of the table clash between Taipower and Tatung finished in a draw and in Mongolia Erchim claimed back the top spot in the league. Read here the latest round-up of the "smaller" East Asian leagues. 

The FA Cup Final  

In a rerun of last seasons FA Cup final, the league champions and FA Cup holders C.P.K. faced Ching Fung in the final. As the sides are the best two in Macau as they finished in the top two positions in the Macau Elite League. 

C.P.K. reached the final after eliminating Benfica Macau in the semi-finals, meanwhile, Ching Fung defeated Monte Carlo in the other semi-final, then with both sides in high spirits before the start of the match, it looked to be a close match but with odds on the C.P.K. side. 
Ching Fung started the match focusing on applying high-pressure on C.P.K., as they tried to limit the C.P.K. powerful attack, but at minute 26 Ronald Cabrera managed to break the Ching Fung defence and scored a header from a corner kick, making it 1-0 for C.P.K. at half time. 

In the second half, Ching Fung reacted though with a solo effort by William Gomes and 7 minutes after the break they equalised after a nice play leaving two defenders behind. 

Diego Patriota scored what looked to be the winner for C.P.K., with 18 minutes remaining after capitalising on an excellent Bruno Figueiredo assist. Although with the match fast approaching the end, Ching Fung equalised through Cheong Ka Chon, on 89 minutes, meaning that the match was going to be decided on penalties.
The late goal shocked C.P.K. confidence and the defending champions only managed to score one penalty kick, Ching Fung didn't let this opportunity escape and claimed their first-ever Macau FA Cup. This was Ching Fung first major trophy capitalising in an excellent season from a club that can affirm themselves as one of the powerhouses in Macau football.
Draw in the Taiwan derby
In the Taiwan Premier League with league leaders Tatung facing Taipower. Both clubs were level on points but Tatung had a game in hand and a better goal difference making them the league leaders. 

The match was played mostly in the middle of the pitch with both teams cancelling each other out, but at minute 21 after a long ball, Taipower opened the scoring. In the second half, Tatung searched for the equaliser and at minute 57 Samuel Ange scored the equalising goal in an insistence play resulting from a corner kick. With this result, there were no changes in the standings both clubs are level with 27 points each.  
Erchim and Ulaanbaatar City level on points
The Mazala Mongolian Premier League, Erchim claimed back the top of the league position after a shocking 3-0 defeat by Ulaanbaatar City at the hands of Khangarid in the previous round coupled with a 1-1 draw between Erchim and 3rd placed Athletic 220 in the highlight match of last weekend. 

The goals of the match were only scored in the second half with Athletic 220 scoring the first at minute 48, the lead didn't last long since 7 minutes later Erchim equalised. Despite Athletic 220 having a man sent off 15 minutes before the end, Erchim was not able to capitalize on their superiority and the match ended with a 1-1 draw. With 5 rounds remaining everything can happen in the league standings, Erchim is now leading the table with 29 points, the same as Ulaanbaatar City but with a better goal difference, Athletic 220 is in third with 26 points.  
(photo: Macau Bolinha Bol√£o)


  1. Hey Afonso, it says here on Hong Kong Rangers' Facebook post that Patriota is currently on trial with them.

    Does he have a Macau passport yet?

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