Erchim FC closer to the title after beating Ulaanbaatar City

(photo: Maazala National League)

A round-up of the action in the "small" East Asian Leagues. As we saw a top of the table clash in Mongolia between Erchim FC and Ulaanbaatar City. 

Then in Taiwan, Tatung got a 7-0 win, while the Taipower match against Hang Yuen was postponed due to torrential rain, and in Hong Kong, it was announced that the new season will start on 30th of August.

Small chance remains for Ulaanbaatar City to prevent Erchim FC winning another title.

Round 15 in the Maazala Mongolia National League saw a title-deciding match between top of the table, Erchim FC and Ulaanbaatar City, both sides were level on 32 points and with only three rounds remaining.

This was the match that the winner would increase their chances of winning the title.​

​Ulaanbaatar City broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute, O. Oyunbaatar beat the offside trap and found himself in isolation with the goalkeeper, passing the ball to D. Temuulen who had the task of putting the ball into an open goal, to score the first goal of the match. After the Ulaanbaatar City's goal, Erchim FC controlled the remaining of the first half but failed to score.​

The second half started with the same pace, Erchim FC controlling the match but still failing to score until the 51st minute and that proved to be a decisive moment in the match, Ulaanbaatar City were then reduced to 10 men.

Erchim didn´t wait long to take advantage of their superiority and scored the equalizer in the 54th minute by Khayto Vakino. Just 12 minutes later it was the Khayto Vakino show again, scoring what proved to be the winning goal with a lovely shot outside of the area, making the final result 2-1. ​

This beautiful goal turned out to be the difference-making moment between both teams at the end of the season, both clubs are presenting us with a great title race and with the league approaching the end there is a small margin for Ulaanbaatar City to prevent Erchim FC from winning yet another title.​​

Tatung in the lead​ ​ 

In Taiwan only two matches were played since the highlight match of the round between Taipower and Hang Yuen got postponed, Tatung didn´t miss their chance to open a gap in the top of the table with a fantastic 7-0 win against Red Lions. Tatung is now leading the table with 33 points 3 more than Taipower.

In the other match of the round relegation strugglers, Ming Chuan drew 2-2 against Tainan.​ ​

2019/2020 Hong Kong Premier League announced​ ​ 

Turning our attention to Hong Kong, it was announced that the new Hong Kong Premier League season will start on 30th of August, the league will be composed of 10 clubs with Happy Valley and BC Rangers being the new clubs.

The opening match will see Kicthee facing Happy Valley, for this season defending champions Woofo Tai Po will have a really difficult task to defend their title since most of their squad left the club, the big favourites are the old powerhouses Kitchee and Eastern as well as R&F that once again did a big investment to conquer the title.

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