Update from around Taiwan

The seventh round of fixtures in the Taiwan Premier League was completed over the weekend as Taiwan Steel defeated Tatung, while Taipower and Hang Yuen played out a goalless draw in extreme heat. 

Well fought matches 

Hang Yuen travelled to take on Taipower as both sides lined up with a strong team that justified this being a top of the table clash. 

The first half showed both sides get hold of the game in an entertaining 45 minutes, the home side looked to use the pitch width as Chao-An Chen and Kai-Chun Huang run the wings using their pace. 

This though did not work as they were unable to break down a very strong and well organised Hang Yuen side. 

Despite both sides looking to battle the scores remained goalless and a special mention needs to go to the two lads in the centre of defence for the visitors in JudelĂ­n Aveska and Louis Emmanuel as the two lads from Hati have kept their keeper Chiu-Lin Huang quiet all season. 

In the second half, we saw further water breaks as the teams failed to keep up the high tempo with the temperature at almost 40 degrees. The pace of the game slowed as the hosts replaced the pacey winger Kai-Chun Huang on 65 minutes. 

In the end, though neither side could make the breakthrough and the match ended 0-0.

Onto the second match and this saw may be the best display this season by Taiwan Steel, they left out their big signing Marc-Donald Fenelus completely for this match too but it did not affect their ability to score. 

This was a match which the host Taiwan Steel looked to take control of early and this was seen as they took the lead with ten minutes of the first half remaining through a Benchy Estama header. 

Then just before half-time, it was 2-0 as Po-Wei Kuo picked up his first goal of the season. The second half started with Tatung looking to get back into the game but this was something they found hard as their top goalscorer Ange Samuel struggled to get into the match. 

It was then 3-0 with twenty minutes left as Benchy Estama picked up his second of the day and fourth of the season. 

The visitors did manage to pick up a late consolation through Hirokimi Harada but this was one of their worse displays of the season. 

We have now seen all sides play each other once and we will go into the second round of matches on the 14th June with the following fixtures;

Taichung Futuro v National Taiwan University 
Hang Yuen v Red Lions
Taipower v Tatung
Taiwan Steel v Ming Chuan University

Team                G W D L F A GD Pts
Taichung Futuro 7 4 3 0 11 4 +7 15
Taipower                 7 4 2 1 13 5 +8 14
Hang Yuen*         7 4 3 0 9 4 +5 14
Taipei Tatung         7 3 2 2 21 10 +11 13
Taiwan Steel         7 3 0 3 14 8 +6 12
Taiwan Sports Uni 7 2 1 4 7 16 -9 7
Ming Chuan Uni 7 1 1 5 11 14 -3 4
Taipei Red Lions 7 0 0 7 3 28 -25 0

*-1 point Reason: Over usage of foreign players

News around Taiwan 

In other news, the National Junior Cup began in Taiwan this week, as a total of 251 clubs took part from around the country at the Taichung Football Field in Taichung City.

This is a major event in youth football in the country but it was delayed due to COVID 19 as it was originally planned for April. 

This event is now being played between the 1st June and 12th July, the results will also be announced on the official CTFA website each day.

Elsewhere Hang Yuen have been deducted a point after playing one too many foreign players in their 2-2 draw with Tatung on the 10th May. This meant the official result went down as 3-0 to Tatung because Hang Yuen broke the rules by using over five foreign players on the pitch at the same time.

Photo credits go to the CTFA

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