Super Sub Alexander Akande helped Kitchee dashed D

Gunning for a berth in its second cup final of the season, Kitchee duly went on to beat Dreams FC 3:1 on Sunday afternoon’s Sapling Cup semi-final. The victory saw Kitchee advancing to the finale and will clash heads with Wofoo Tai Po competing for the Sapling Cup honor. Despite resting several of its key players, Kitchee still managed to come out on top in the first-half through a clinical finish from Krisztian Vadocz from inside the box. The goal also saw Kitchee wrapped up the first-half with a one-goal lead. After the game resumed, Dreams FC quickly equalized through a Lam Hin-ting goal, creating more suspense for the game. Midway in the second-half, Krisztian Vadocz sprung the ball forward. Substitute Alexander Akande shook off his markers with a slick move inside the box, then went on to fire the ball past the Dreams FC goalkeeper and put the Blues in front once again. Late in the game, it was Alexander Akande who nicked the ball off the Dreams FC keeper and fired home from close-range, sealing the Blues’ 3:1 victory. Lanky striker Alexander Akade, who came off the bench and netted a brace for Kitchee, was excited about powering the Blues into the Sapling Cup final. The talented marksman also vowed to do his outmost to complete the potential Treble for Kitchee this season. “Kitchee always sets different goals heading into the season and we have done quite well in the current campaign. Let us see if we can keep up with our play and go for the potential Treble,&rdqurdquo; voiced the joyful attacker. “I am happy to score two goals in the semi-final but I have always been confident in my own ability. The boy has matured into a man and I have been playing in the local game for a long time now, believing I am one of the best strikers around. I am very happy to show that today.” Full-back Dani Cancela admitted Kitchee did not play up to its potential on the occasion but was glad the team dug deep and came through, eventually reaching its pre-game target of advancing to the Sapling Cup final. “This was not an easy victory, as we came off a grueling AFC Champions League group game midweek, then took the whole Thursday to come back to Hong Kong. It was quite physically demanding,” Cancela reflected. “Dreams FC only had the Sapling Cup to play for, thus everyone knew this was going to be a tough match for us. We let the opponent tie the game in the second-half, allowing them to think that they had a chance to beat us. Thankfully, we dug deep and came up with the victory to secure a place in the final, that is the most important thing.”