Kitchee continues to push for premier league summi

Fresh off a two-week break on the sidelines, Kitchee marked its return to the Hong Kong Premier League battleground on Saturday afternoon in tremendous fashion, blasting four goals past KMB Yuen Long in an impressive 4:1 away victory, courtesy to goals from Alessandro Leonardo and Jared Lum. Despite playing away from home, Kitchee wasted no time and took the game straight at KMB Yuen Long. The Blues went on to open the score on the 16th minute, as Alessandro Leonardo headed home a Fernando Pedreira cross and put Kitchee in front. Moments later, Leonardo found himself on the receiving end of a Lam Zhi Gin pass and dished out yet another tasty header that found the back of the net, establishing a two-goal lead for Kitchee in the first-half. Midway through the second-half, Kitchee hit the scoreboard once again. This time, Leonardo turned provider and teed up the ball nicely for substitute Jared Lum. Lum blasted away from outside the box, handcuffed the KMB Yuen Long keeper and scored. Late in the game, a smooth attacking play saw Jared Lum finished off the attack with a clinical finish, pulling Kitchee further away. KMB Yuen Long managed to pull closer late in the game through a sensational Aleksander Randelovic strike but it was too little too late for the home side, as Kitchee went on and nailed down a 4:1 victory. Kitchee Head Coach Alex Chu believes taking the game straight towards KMB Yuen Long right from the start was the reason behind the team’s impressive victory. “We started the game with a bang and attacked the opposing goal aggressively. I think that was the key behind our victory. We have crashed out of the AFC Champions League earlier and our goal for the remainder of the season thus becomes crystal clear, which is to go all out and try to win the premier league title,” Chu stated. Substitute Jared Lum netted twice in the game despite only coming off the bench in the second-half. The industrious midfielder hopes his two-goal haul can lead to more starting opportunities down the road. “Obviously, I am very happy to score twice in the game. I have not started for the team recently so I hope my two goals can help me to reclaim my position in the starting lineup. The fight at the top of the table is quite tight at the moment, but the way I see it, if Kitchee plays up to its potential, there is no one in the premier league that we cannot steamroll through. We have a good squad and will be giving our best in the remainder of the season, let us just go ahead and see how things might end up for us,” Lum expressed.