Kitchee debuts in Senior Shield Quarter-final agai

Determined to reclaim the Senior Shield trophy for the first time since the 2005-2006 domestic football season, Kitchee will make its debut in this year’s competition on Friday night by facing Hong Kong Pegasus. The match will take place in Mongkok Stadium and kick-off time will be 8:00pm. Kitchee and Hong Kong Pegasus actually met up last weekend in the premier league, with Kitchee dominated the proceedings and came up with a comfortable 3:1 victory. Now that the two sides are set for a rematch in the Senior Shield under straight knock-out format, the Blues should still likely have what it takes to overcome Hong Kong Pegasus – as long as the side performs up to standard and shows the steely determination that it has for the coveted Senior Shield trophy. Goalkeeper Wang Zhenpeng reminds his teammates ahead of the game that Hong Kong Pegasus has several dangerous players within its squad and Kitchee will need to be on guard to avoid any potential upset. “Joao Emir has been finding the back of the net with regularity this season and of course he will be the major threat. Towering centre-forward Travis Major is also someone that we should keep an eye on,” Wang points out. “That is why I am sure we will come up with a solid game-plan, try to cut down on the supply for these two players and hopefully reduce the pressure on our backline.” Midfielder Lam Ka-wai states that Hong Kong Pegasus plays a fairly direct style of football but insists as long as Kitchee performs up to its normal standard on match day, the Blues should be able to punch its ticket for the Senior Shield semi-final. “We beat Hong Kong Pegasus last weekend in the premier league and I am sure the opponent will try to come up with a specific game-plan to try to stop us this time around,” Lam predicts. “However, we have always done well against the opponent over the past few seasons and if we can maintain our own form, I think we will still be the side to beat on Friday night.”