Kitchee Continues Climb in Premier League Table wi

Kitchee visited Kowloon Bay Park on Sunday afternoon to take on BC Rangers in the BOCG Life Hong Kong Premier League. Paulo Carreiro and Fernando Pedreira were the heroes of the day for Kitchee, as timely goals from the two attackers saw Kitchee powered through BC Rangers in a 2:0 victory. Both sides started the game somewhat slowly but the match progressively opened up. Lam Ka-wai came closest to opening the score for Kitchee in the first-half, when the midfielder’s strike hit the BC Rangers goal-post and stayed out from the net. The goalless score-line remained until the 73rd minute, when Paulo Carreiro’s header sailed into the top corner of the BC Rangers goal and put Kitchee in front. Deep in stoppage time, Fernando Pedreira capitalized on a counter-attack and made it 2:0 for Kitchee. Paulo Carreiro, who just received his Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passport several days earlier and is now eligible to represent Hong Kong on the international stage, could not contain his joy after the game. “My new Chinese name, loosely translate into Fortune Paulo, seems to have brought me pretty good luck so far, which I am very happy about. I want to thank my family and the Kitchee supporters for always supporting me and I am glad to repay their faith with my goal,” said the Kitchee forward. Fernando Pedreira, the other goal-scorer on the day, talks about the importance of staying calm and collected while searching for the first goal to break the game open. “We know this is going to be a tough game as BC Rangers is a fast-improving side and they have a great goalkeeper between the sticks. Sometimes in football, it just requires time to find the opening goal,” the Brazilian explained. “We are a side that has quality and experience. Therefore we simply need to stay calm, keep creating chances and the rest will take care of itself. As you can see from today’s match, it only takes one chance to open up the game.”