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  1. No worries - I tried deleting my actual SI folder too and it fixed the problem completely. Thanks for such a quick response though.
  2. No worries - I tried deleting my actual SI folder too and it fixed the problem completely. Thanks for such a quick response though.
  3. Mac Desktop Late 2013 OS X Yosemite 10.10 3.4GHz and 8GB Ram. Game will not progress past the Loading screen anymore. Was fine before I went abroad in June, but now there is no progression. I have tried uninstalling/reinstalling, deleting the cache and verifying the cache. Nothing seems to have had any impact. I run FM2016 through Steam.
  4. Transfer Window Update This is gutting. One of our rising talents, has made almost 50 appearances for the club and fought for his place despite competition, and now on a free to a Premier League side. He refused to enter contract negotiations with me - despite being perfectly happy with where the club were at and his playing time - and has instead signed a one year deal with Kitchee from this Summer. Obviously bitterly disappointed to see him leave, but what could I do when he wouldn't sign a new deal with me? Gah.
  5. This was the first game after my mid-season report. What on earth happened? Maybe this won't be plain sailing...
  6. Happy Valley Athletic Association Mid-Season Report Hong Kong First Division 2019/20 Absolutely phenomenal. There is no other way to describe it. We started our campaign four days late after Tai Chung suffered a waterlogged pitch, so our first game became the clash with Southern. It was a fairly shuttered game, marked by two fantastic moments of brilliance by captain de Clarens to earn us the three points. Sai Kung followed, and I think we were actually quite poor, but a good finish from Ng Siu Fai after a fantastic ball from Evan Tich meant we maintained winning ways. I was really worried about the Tai Chung game - they were meant to be our first game of the season and I was actually expecting us to lose it, but the extra time to get fit and two wins under our belt inspired us to an absolute demolition job. Four sublime goals from Ng Siu Fai and a converted corner from Cheung Chun Hei kept our 100% recorded and had us singing all the way back to Happy Valley. The game against Rangers was a fantastic one - at the time Rangers were actually languishing in the relegation zone after a shocking start, but they gave us a good fight. The score was 2-2 at half-time after a ding-dong battle, but the second half was a much tighter affair: Ng Siu Fai stepping up to snatch the winner late on. Rivals Sun Hei were comfortably dispatched despite the scoreline, the 6 wins in a row breaking a club record, which we dropped in true Happy Valley fashion with a pitiful 0-0 draw at home to Wan Chai. Fortunately we got straight back to winning ways against Double Flower - but we were actually very lucky: Yu Ka Wai winning the Player of the Match award for a stunning clean sheet. Wing Yee robbed us with an 89th minute equaliser, before we dominated Citizen (again) thanks to a masterclass from Jerome de Clarens. Finally, finally, we saw defeat versus Tuen Mun FC. They were league leaders, we were second, and they duly deserved the win. We came very close and performed well for most of the game, but a 15 minute spell from 45-60mins they were all over us and snatched a win. I was genuinely worried we'd lose again to Kwai Tsing - who overtook us to go 2nd and were undefeated at the time, but a stunning performance from key players and rare goals from Wong Wing Sum and Chan Ching Man (brought in as Ng Siu Fai was suffering from food poisoning) helped us back to 2nd and served Kwai Tsing their first defeat. C&W were no real threat: we were always ahead by at least one goal and we just gave sloppy goals away, but Mutual was a massive victory. I'd never managed to get a win against Mutual despite years of trying - they play such stubborn football and always get at least a draw - but Tsang Chun Kit scored a fantastic goal from the fallout of a free kick, before Yau Chun Him consolidated the lead a few minutes later to cap off an amazing start to this season. What can I say? A long way gone but a long way to go. We finally went top on the 13th game, after Tuen Mun FC drew with C&W Districts, but it's been extremely competitive. I have no doubt Tuen Mun FC will continue to fight, and I think Kwai Tsing will get back in the running after their two very recent defeats. Southern District are probably out of the picture though, which means I may have already gone some way to achieving my expectations of a 3rd place finish. Rangers HKG have done really well to recover after losing 5 of their opening six - I'd expect them to continue improving now they've found their footing in this league. Finally, at the bottom, I think Double Flower are probably heading down but I'd actually expect Wing Yee to head down with them - they've been extremely poor and were very lucky to get a point off of us. Record Breakers
  7. Happy Valley Athletic Association Pre Season 2019/20 Transfers In Only one newcomer this window - young forward Chan Chun Fai from 3rd Division Tsuen Wan. He joins for £500 and will hopefully have a bright future at the club. Transfers Out A fair few departures as I look to clear out the youth ranks that haven't quite made it. Yip Kin Sang was not happy about a lack of first team football but was not anywhere near good enough to get into our starting eleven, so he was first out the door. Unfortunately this also meant saying goodbye to some of our young hopefuls: (YP16c) Ho Kam Fai was now considerably down the pecking order and there was no interest from anyone to take him off our hands, and (YP16b) Yuen Sai Kit managed no starts last season in a very competitive midfield so setting him free was in the interest of his career. The rest have hit the 18 year-old mark where they can no longer play for the youth team and have no future at the club, so no tears will be shed. Staff Improvements By far the biggest changes this pre-season has been to our staff. Our former Head of Youth Development, Chief Scout and Head Physio have all departed after their contracts were not renewed. We poached So Cho Wai as our new HoYD from Kwong Wah, who is miles better than the previous one. Lawrence - ex-Happy Valley forward - was promoted from his scouting role to become Chief Scout, and we poached Law Chun Kit from Ornaments to become our new Head Physio. Changes didn't stop there. We filled our vacant scouting position by hiring Yeung Kai Yin for his first staff role after hanging up his boots at Sha Tin - an absolutely superb scout who really could have joined any Premier Division side. Ng Ka Ming - after an abysmal 4 months as manager of North District - left the position to join us as a new coach, and our final hire was to bring in Wun Tsz Hong as a goalkeeping coach, poaching him from rivals Sun Hei where he was the GK coach for their u18s. The final improvement was to send Ng Ka Ming on a course to obtain his Continental Pro license. All in all, some huge changes to give Happy Valley a backroom team to rival any in the top flight, and I'm hoping that this investment in the staff will be reflected on the pitch as well as off it. Realistically, such a backroom is only financially viable in the top flight - even with our superb finances - and we need to get up to it sooner rather than later so they aren't poached by our rivals. Happy Valley First Team 2019/20 We now possess a very strong squad that I'm excited to see in action. Our key players are fantastic and unchanged from last season, but the real strength in this squad now is with its depth - whereas before we had to rely on a starting eleven, we now have the ability to change up seamlessly during games and on the teamsheet, and I think that can only bode well. Our only signing starts life off in the reserves but will probably be added to the first team soon, and we've got a few youngsters that will hopefully get some game time too. Media Predictions Our previous good performances see us rise in the eyes of pundits, as we look an outsider chance for promotion. Rangers HKG are a good team and you'd expect them to do well, and if Tuen Mun FC are anything like they were two years ago then they are a strong attacking side that most teams will struggle to deal with. Southern will surely be better than last season and a real threat, but I don't see Sun Hei, Citizen or Wing Yee being as threatening as this suggests. Board Expectations in the League: Top 4 | My Expectations: Top Three The board are becoming more demanding after two top-four finishes in subsequent years, but I'm playing it safe with my expectations. As I've said before, the recently relegated sides are obvious favourites to go back up, but I will not accept being beaten by any other side that was in this league last season. We can't let Tai Chung or Southern get the best of us. That's the key. Transfer Budget: £866,000 (Spent: £500) Wage Budget: £6,341 per week (Spending: £1,752) My Contract: £100 per week until June 30th 2020 Pre-Season Fixtures A nice clean sweep is just what the doctor ordered. After last pre-season's baptism of fire, the assistant had obviously decided to take a different approach as we faced a couple of amateur sides to start - earning 4-0 and 3-1 victories. Arguably our toughest pre-season challenge was a visit to 3rd Division North District, who I'd faced a couple of times back as manager of HKFYG. In truth we were rather poor here, but the captain Jerome de Clarens clinched the victory with a stunning 25-yarder in injury time. Then came our third annual trip to Macau. After a couple of days of sunshine (like you don't get enough in Hong Kong), we earned a comfortable 2-0 win against Sao Paulo thanks to two good goals from Chau Cheuk Him early on. I thought we'd hammer them after such a fantastic start, but we struggled to find the net and had to settle. Finally it was time for our big game against Flora (MAC) - who we'd beaten 3-0 and 6-1 in previous years. This time out we looked just as good, and four different players got on the scoresheet for a big win. Just my second ever clean sweep in pre-season, hopefully a good omen for the season to come. In truth we looked very good except in the North District game, and we head into our opening game against Southern District on a fantastic run.
  8. Hong Kong Roundup 2018/19 Premier League Pegasus snatched the title after their continental successes last season, followed closely by Yuen Long. Last year's champions Kitchee could only manage 4th, but only 5 points separated them from the title. At the other end, Rangers HKG set up clashes with their rival Happy Valley thanks to relegation, and Tuen Mun FC's Premier Division dream is short-lived as they propped up the table without a single win all season. This demonstrates the gulf in ability between the Premier Division and the First Division, I think. First Division Not much to say here. HKFC dominated, Tuen Mun were too good, Southern District and Citizen get off the hook with a lucky escape. Second Division Ex-Happy Valley midfielder Alan Batteiger helped Double Flower to the Second Division title, securing his return to First Division football next season. They will be joined by Wan Chai, who held their nerve to edge out Lucky Mile by a point. What is crazy is that 3 points separated 2nd from 8th - with four teams finishing on 31 points apiece. Hoi King's days challenging for the title are now long gone, as too many defeats see them drop back down to the 3rd division alongside Sun Source. Third Division Tung Sing came out of nowhere to dominate the Third Division. Kowloon City will join them in the 2nd Division next season after securing their return on the final day despite defeat - one extra goal for Islands would have seen them steal promotion, as Kowloon City lost 2-1 to Ornaments. Sai Kung Friends provided no surprises - another disappointing season sees them finish bottom of the Hong Kong pyramid with 0 wins from 30 games. Hong Kong FA Cup Eastern claim the FA Cup after a give year absence, beating HKFC in the latter's first ever final. Both sides had tough trails to the final, but it was Eastern who stole the show against their Division One opponents. Hong Kong League Cup Pegasus HKG made it three in a row with a solid defensive display against Eastern. Sandro gave them the 1-0 lead in the 9th minute, and they fought on to the end to take the win. After three back-to-back-to-back defeats in the final between 2009 and 2012, they've set the record straight with 3 wins in 3 years under current manager Chan Ho Yin.
  9. Happy Valley Athletic Association Season Summary Hong Kong First Division 2018/19 Another decent set of results. We started the second half of our 2018/19 campaign with some great victories - the entire squad playing brilliantly to secure a big win against Tai Chung. Sai Kung duly followed, before a second hat-trick of the season from Ng Siu Fai earned us a 3-1 win versus Sha Tin. All good things, however, come to an end. Despite holding a lead for a large portion of the game vs. Southern District, a 73rd minute equaliser meant we shared the spoils against a team battling relegation. Had Southern District lived up to expectations this season then this would have been a fantastic result, but they have been poor and we should be doing much better here. Unfortunately our toughest game of the year followed, a tough, gritty battle against Tuen Mun which ended with a 1-0 defeat. I think we deserved a point, but Tuen Mun were very, very good and reminded me of Tuen Mun FC last year where we struggled to get a foothold in the game. Citizen took a beating from us (again, trend emerging) and I hoped that would have us firing again, but a bitter defeat to Wing Yee followed. This was shocking - just one of those days where we never got going and everything seemed a struggle. Instead of rectifying things with a win against C&W, we played the same boring and laboured football to grind out a point, and our chance of promotion was slipping further and further away. I was absolutely dreading the game against HKFC - but we had hope as they'd just lost their second game of the season in the previous fixture. We were outstanding, dominated, and looked like the team top of the league. Evan Tich run the show and everyone put in a shift to record a massive 3-1 victory. We carried this into the 2-1 win against Sun Hei, but Mutual were too much for us in the following game. This was frustrating but not too bad: Mutual play very stubborn, resilient football and it is such a slog to break them down. That I understand. I just don't quite like that we managed to concede in the process. By this stage, Hong Kong Football Club had won the title, and Tuen Mun were dead-set on joining them. Instead of pushing for 3rd, we sulked to a 1-1 draw with Kwai Tsing, and managed a 2-1 win over Yau Tsim **** to round out the season. All in all a decent showing, but little improvement on the previous year despite a host of signings. In the end, I exceeded the board's expectations and just about matched my own. We were far from any danger of a 5th place finish, but should really have done enough to manage 3rd. HKFC dominated all season and fully deserve the title, and if I am honest Tuen Mun deserve promotion too. We quite simply weren't good enough to finish any higher - losing 7 of 26 is not promotion standard - but it's another decent season and there is a good base to build on next year once the squad has gelled. At the other end, heartbreak for Sha Tin and Yau Tsim ****, who both went down on the final day. Yau Tsim **** looked to have done enough, but losing to us whilst Southern District and Citizen both grabbed victories meant they were down. Had they managed a point then they'd have been clear, sorry lads! Division Stats Media Attention Team Stats Fans' Player & Young Player of the Season: Evan Tich Tich (78%) | Wong Wing Sum (13%) | (YP16a) Ho Wai Ho (7%) Tich makes it three in a row here with some fantastic displays this season. I certainly can't argue with this - he is always a threat down the right hand side, but I actually think this has been his worst season yet. He only managed 7 assists and 3 goals this year in comparison to 12 & 4 last. Still a constant figure in the team that is crucial to our success...and the fans love him. Manager's Player of the Season: Ng Siu Fai I know I know, I always seem to be giving this to a forward, but he has been fantastic. I really hoped de Clarens would continue his form this season, because if so we'd have been unstoppable. Ng Siu Fai has joined the squad and revolutionised our attacking game. 17 goals, league top goalscorer and Team of the Year speaks for itself. Fantastic debut season for the club for the 30 year-old. Manager's Young Player of the Season: Wong Wing Sum Wong Wing Sum snatches the award from (YP16a) Ho Wai Ho! He was the fans' signing of the season, but he is my young player of the season too. I have no idea why Pegasus let him go, but I am very grateful. Despite being 16 and part of a long list of central midfielders, he managed 24 appearances and ran the midfield for the majority of them - earning 5 PotM awards and a spot in the Division One Team of the Year in his breakthrough season. Well done pal. Money, money, money! 100 Club Two of my players - captain Jerome de Clarens and keeper Yu Ka Wai - have both entered the Happy Valley 100 club with their appearances this season. This is how they stack up in terms of most appearances ever for Happy Valley. Times a'Changing
  10. Happy Valley Athletic Association Youth Candidates 2018/19 I really like this intake! I don't think there are any superstars but there are a few players that should hopefully develop into useful squad players at Happy Valley. I've tagged a fair few, but d and f may struggle to fit in and have been tagged as potential cash chows. (YP19a) Yip Kin Sang: GK We had a decent GK come through the ranks last year, but the more the better I suppose. Doesn't look quite as good as (YP18a) Yu Ka Wing, but will be an interesting fight for the #2 spot. Would be useful to have the option of joining the Reserve/U18 leagues so we could put them both to good use. (YP19b) Lam Ho Yin: DC / L I like this guy. Not quite tall enough to be a centre back in my opinion, but I would like to turn him into a competent left back - especially seeing as we lack depth there. (YP19c) Ngan Hau Fung: CM Certainly a work in progress but looks pretty exciting on the ball. He doesn't hesitate to run with the ball (in trial games), and that's something I really like in an attacking central midfielder. Fantastic physicals too. I have really high hopes for this guy, but he will struggle for opportunities with so many talented CMs ahead of him. (YP19d) Chan Wai Shing: DM/CM Another youngster destined for a role in the middle of the park. I don't like to use a DM but do use a ball winning midfielder, so this guy could fit nicely into that. He isn't fantastic but we will see. (YP19e) Chan Ho Yin: M C/R His versatility is an asset, but if he stays he will develop into a right midfielder. We lack any form of depth at MR behind Evan Tich, so this guy will probably have the best chance of proving his worth when Evan needs a rest. I like his pace and dribbling, but he needs a bit of work if he is to get anywhere near Tich's level. (YP19f) Wong Chi Wai: D R Last but not (yes he is) least. Has some decent ability but will struggle to displace (YP16a) Ho Wai Ho and (YP17b) Law Ka Keung for game time. Still miles better than the rest of the slosh coming through our academy.
  11. Happy Valley Athletic Association Mid-Season Report Hong Kong First Division 2018/19 Everything was going very well until those last two games. We lost four of our open half last season so this isn't much of an improvement, but I think we can do better. We had the poorest start to the season imaginable: our opening goal coming after two full matches and 88 minutes of a third, scored by a 15 year-old kid to give us an undeserved point. We'd also managed to lose our first competitive game in the new stadium without even putting up a fight. Fortunately, Wong Wing Sum's goal spurred us on to a run of form. We demolished Southern District thanks to a goal from new face Ng Siu Fai and from old guard Tich and Chau Cheuk Him. We knew the Tuen Mun game would be tough as they'd started the season strong, but Ng Siu Fai earned us a point after they went ahead early on. Three massive wins followed - Ng Siu Fai the common denominator - as we trashed Citizen (again), Wing Yee and the newly promoted Central and West Districts. I don't really consider the loss to HKFC as a drop in form. They were a strong side and we knew it would be tough. We were lucky to escape with 0-1, but also had a couple of chances of our own. My biggest fear was that a defeat would send us spiralling again, but any such fear was quelled by annihilating our rivals Sun Hei in a 5-1 thriller. If any supporters hadn't warmed to Ng Siu Fai yet - they certainly did after this hat-trick. In the following game, we earned a hard-fought point. Mutual were stubborn - as they always have been - but they managed to take a 2-1 lead in the 67th minute. I feared the worst, but the team responded magnificently and de Clarens netted the equaliser with time running out. Then came the problems. We went 2-0 down to Kwai Tsing early, and I was appalled. Fortunately (YP16d) Lau Kam Chuen had turned up, and we went it level at 2-2 thanks solely to his hard work. This was a massive opportunity - we'd shown we could handle them - and yet we let it all go from a poor defensive error in the second half. Absolutely abysmal. Our final game this half of the season was just as bad - Cheung Chun Hei equalising from a corner before Yau Tsim **** finished us off. What is crystal clear is that we are struggling away from home. If you look at our fixtures, we've managed just one win from six games away. That is not top four form. That's barely top half form. For all our faults, this tells a different story. 5th place given our performance is not too bad, but we are already some way off the top two and I seriously do not see us catching them. My aim at the beginning of the season was a top four finish because you always have to predict the recently relegated Premier League teams going straight back up...but Southern District are 13th. This is a real opportunity. Why are we letting Tuen Mun take it instead of taking it for ourselves? Media Attention (we lost) Record Breakers
  12. Happy Valley Athletic Association Pre Season 2018/19 In we go. A new dawn. Transfers In A very busy transfer window after last season's void. Fortunately there was a bunch of talent available this window and I did my best to bring it all to Happy Valley. We missed out on one player who joined recently promoted Tuen Mun FC instead, but other than that it was a huge success. Sham Tze Hang joins from my former club - he is 21 now and can no longer play for them so I duly took him off their hands. He should be great as a squad player at the very least. Ng Siu Fai is a very competent and experienced striker who will most likely join de Clarens in the starting eleven. Chan Ching Man and (YP16d) Lau Kam Chuen will get their chance, but it may not be this season when we need the consistency to hunt down promotion. I am incredibly excited about my final two signings. Wong Wing Sum is a 15 year-old superstar who should fit right into my plans immediately and will hopefully improve considerably with the experience. Admittedly this may leave Sham Tze Hang struggling for game time, but this guy is leagues above him. I coughed out £5,000 to bring Tsang Chun Kit over from Pegasus, and something tells me they will be kicking themselves about this one. He's only 16 but easily our best centre-back and I can't wait to see how he gets on. Transfers Out Last year's no-departures policy was not in play this year, but it is really only one player being let go. Batteiger didn't get that much playing time last season and was rather disgruntled about it, so with the new midfielders coming in it was right for him to depart. He quickly signed up with Division Two outfit Double Flower so it is probably the right decision for all concerned. Yip Chi Wai is a youth product from before my time at the club who is really nothing special. 3rd Division Kui Tan offered him a contract and I had absolutely no intention of standing in their way. Staff Improvements This year's only staff improvement isssssss, Me! Off the touchline I've worked hard to get my National B License. Happy Valley First Team 2018/19 After a couple of deals in the transfer market, this is what we have on the front of the club Christmas card. Delighted to have maintained the squad after (YP16a) Ho Wai Ho and Evan Tich were nearly taken away, and really excited to see what the newcomers will add to the squad. As well as the incoming players, several academy graduates have been given a superficial spot in the squad to bolster our numbers and give them opportunities when they arise. Media Predictions This is pretty fair. Predicting recently relegated HKFC and Southern District to bounce straight back up is understandable, and Sun Hei have gone 17 games unbeaten through the latter half of last season. Even so, I'm hoping we can do better than 6th after our 3rd place finish last season. Board Expectations in the League: Top Half Finish | My Expectations: Top Four After a great season last year, the board are rightfully being much more ambitious. They want a finish in the top seven and I'm sure that I can deliver. Personally, I'm hoping we can finish in the top four - which isn't selling ourselves short. It is always tough to challenge the relegated Premier League teams as their league is far above Division One standard, but I think we are one of the best teams in this league if you take them out of consideration. For me, that should be priority - beating everyone else in this league from last season - and if we can sneak past one of the former Prem teams then that'd be the icing on the cake. Transfer Budget: £565,000 (Spent: £5,000) Wage Budget: £4,725 per week (Spending: £1,762) My Contract: £80 per week until June 30th 2019 Pre-Season Fixtures Actually not a bad set of results. We started slowly with a 1-0 win over minor league Western Spartans, but our Assistant decided to chuck us in at the deep end with three matches against Premier League opposition to open our new ground. Clearly not understanding we needed to give off the impression that Happy Valley Stadium was a fortress, he had somehow been given the go-ahead to open our brand new stadium with a match against the current Premier League and FA Cup Champions, Kitchee. We struggled - and quickly fell 2-0. Fortunately a goal just before half time rallied the troops, and new super-signing Ng Fiu Sai got the equaliser in the 69th minute, before grabbing a second equaliser for 3-3 in the 82nd. How's that for a fortress?! We followed with a massive win over Metro Gallery: Yuen Sai Kit with a stunner before Chau Cheuk Him settled the game late from a corner. Unfortunately our fortress was successfully sieged by Wong Tai Sin, who ended our stint with a 2-1 win. After a win, a loss and a draw at Happy Valley Stadium, we embarked on our now-annual trip to Macau for a confidence boost. A 3-0 victory against Flora was not quite the margin we were hoping for, but it was nice to see youngsters taking their chances. I was actually then disappointed with the Flamingo game, as a full first eleven (minus the injured Jerome de Clarens) only managed a 2-0 win over lacklustre opposition. All in all it was a decent pre-season, and I'm looking forward to the season ahead.
  13. Hong Kong Roundup 2017/18 Premier League Kitchee stormed to the Premier League title this season, with an 8-point gap over previous holders Eastern. At the other end of the table, Hong Kong Football Club continued their yoyo-ing between the two leagues with relegation, followed by Southern District who also struggled. First Division Not much to say here. Tuen Mun FC made it back-to-back titles and promotions, whilst Metro Gallery returned to the Premier League at the first time of asking. At the other end, Tai Po and Sun Source were deservedly sent down. Second Division Central & West claimed the Second Division title and back-to-back promotions, after a 2nd place finish in the Third Division in 2016/17. They were joined by Sai Kung who really got their act together to improve on mid-table the previous year. At the other end, a little bit of heartbreak as my former club HKFYG were relegated on goal difference on the final day. Hoi King just about avoided the drop with a win. Kwong Wah are also deservedly down with a poor season. Third Division KCDRSC managed to claim the Third Division title, closely followed by Eastern District who make an immediate return to the Second Division following relegation. As usual, North District ran them close but just missed out. Sai Kung Friends continued their record of being the worst team in Hong Kong football with another finish at the bottom of the pyramid. Hong Kong FA Cup Kitchee made it a double with a penalties victory in the Hong Kong FA Cup final over Pegasus HK. Despite Pegasus knocking out some of the toughest teams in Hong Kong enroute, Kitchee proved too much for them in the final - picking up their 5th FA Cup win in the past seven years. Defeat also meant Pegasus had lost in each of the last three FA Cup finals in a row. Ouch. Hong Kong League Cup Though they certainly tried, Kitchee couldn't make it a treble. The semis and final follow two stages of groups, but Pegasus knocked out Kitchee to reach another final - winning the trophy with a 3-2 win. This meant they'd retained the trophy after victory in 2017 against Southern District the previous year. Continental Champions! Not satisfied with their League Cup title, Pegasus HK became the first ever Hong Kong side to win a continental competition: winning the Asian Confederations Cup (Asian version of the Europa League) on penalties over Muharraq from Bahrain. This is a massive success for the country, with Pegasus beating sides from India, Bahrain, Malaysia, Iraq and Singapore enroute to their success.
  14. Congrats on the massive win over Bayern! And both Selva & Spinozzi look brilliant. Could not agree more with this. Hate even the thought of wage rises 'just because' and being paid extra just to sit and watch a game from the subs bench instead of the stands.
  15. Happy Valley Athletic Association Season Summary Hong Kong First Division 2017/18 We actually had a really good second half of the season and came agonisingly close to promotion - throwing it away in our final game with a gutting defeat. We opened this half of the campaign on the wrong end of Citizen's revenge, falling from a winning position to defeat. Our next game however was a great point: drawing with Metro Gallery who outclassed us in the previous fixture. We were certainly helped by an early goal, but we managed to hold Metro Gallery off the entire second half despite tired legs. Finally we got back to winning ways, a quick-fire double from Chan Ching Man helping us to three points over Yau Tsim ****, and a comfortable game against Sun Source got us the same result (not quite the 6-0 thumping from last time). Draws against Kwai Tsing and Tai Chung were disappointing as we let both sides back into the game after taking the lead, and we almost did the same against league-leaders Tuen Mun FC in the following game. We stormed to a 3-1 lead, but a Tuen Mun FC goal before half time set up a nervy second half. It looked like they might get a late equaliser as they had done in the same fixture last year, but we held off to take a massive scalp. Relegation fodder Tai Po were a chance to rotate the squad a bit, and some players impressed whilst others did not. (YP16c) Ho Kam Fai was shocking to let in three, but Chau Cheuk Him and (YP17c) Liu Ho Yin gave me something to think about with a first goal of the season and a first ever goal respectively. A disappointing draw with our rivals followed - needing a goal from Evan Tich to cancel out their penalty strike, and the same happened against Mutual - Jerome de Clarens cancelling out Mutual's second goal from the spot. At this stage, Tuen Mun FC had won the title and we had been sat unmoved in 3rd since early November, so I had little hope of a late promotion push. That certainly changed: big wins against a tough Wing Yee and a rather sub-par Sha Tin was unmatched by promotion contenders Metro Gallery, who had dropped off in form. We headed into the final game of the season facing mid-table Tuen Mun, whilst Metro Gallery were away to the back-to-back champions Tuen Mun FC. A win for us, and defeat for them, would see us promoted alongside Tuen Mun FC once again. Unfortunately for us, we didn't play to the occasion. A shocking 2-0 defeat where we rarely got out of first gear meant we gave up our chance - even as Metro Gallery managed to lose 2-1. Metro Gallery were promoted by 2 points, and we would remain in Division One for another year. Not our finest hour. An away defeat on the final day meant we only had ourselves to blame for missing out on promotion glory. The win for Tuen Mun pushed them from an 11th placed finish up to 7th, which shows just how pathetic that defeat was - we completely choked. Tuen Mun FC - who beat us to the Division Two title just last season - have been phenomenal to make it back-to-back titles and I actually think they will manage okay in the Premier League. Metro Gallery may struggle though. At the other end, Tai Po and Sun Source are both deservedly down after winning just three games each all season. Despite missing out on promotion, I'm delighted with the position we managed to achieve and with just how good we looked this season. I never expected promotion this year and said that with a couple of transfers the coming Summer we should be challenging. It looks like we are right on track for that. Division Stats Media Attention Team Stats Fans' Player & Young Player of the Season: Evan Tich Another sweep of the fan awards for Evan Tich, deservedly so. A fantastic season with 12 assists and some fantastic performances makes him a clear fan favourite, and I hope we can keep hold of him given the interest from other senior clubs. Manager's Player of the Season: Jerome de Clarens Yes, Tich has been fantastic. But Jerome de Clarens has been outstanding. My biggest concern this season was not having a goalscorer: de Clarens really struggled last season and I didn't think my youngsters were up to the task. Jerome proved me wrong with 20 goals and 6 assists: smashing into the Division One Best XI and winning top goalscorer in the process, as well as a massive 5 goals in one game. He really made the difference this season and I had to give him this award. Manager's Young Player of the Season: (YP16a) Ho Wai Ho Again, this could have gone to Tich, but 22 is not really that young in my eyes. Ho Wai Ho has contributed massively yet again this season - capping it off with 8 assists and some great defensive performances to boot. He may be 17, but he has made the Division Best XI two years on the bounce and is a vital part of our squad. I think we'd miss him much more than we'd miss Evan if I'm honest. Money, money, money!
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