Hong Kong Premier League is back

Picture from South China Morning Post
They often say you don't mix football and politics but in Hong Kong, that is a tough thing to keep to. We saw this as Kitchee fans where once again involved in Anti-Government protests over the weekend. 

Kitchee start with a win

The league season kicked off with Hong Kong's most successful club in recent years against a famous name in Hong Kong football Happy Valley. The club founded in 1950 played their first match in the Hong Kong top flight since 2013. 

It was not to be a happy return for the side though as they lost 5-0 to an impressive-looking Kitchee side. The crowd of 2,772 watched on as the home side hit five with five different goalscorers. 

The home support also staged a silent protest during the match in response to the ongoing anti-government protest in the country. It was reported that around 40 supporters staged a three-minute protest while fans around the ground responded with chants in support. 

The reason for them covering an eye is a reference to a young woman who suffered a severe eye injury in a recent protest outside a police station.

Goals all round 

After five on the opening evening, the goals did not try up over the weekend as Happy Valley were the only side not get on the scoreboard. 

Meanwhile, last season league winner Tai Po lost 4-1 to R&F as the depleted champions look like they could struggle this season. On another note R&F look to have recruited well this summer and could be a force in the title race. 

Elsewhere Eastern, Southern and Lee Man also picked up three points in an opening weekend that showed there's much to enjoy in Hong Kong football. 

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