Week 23: Mes are Div 2 Champions and Samurai Blue miss the chance to go clear in Div 3

 This week, we will start with Division 2. Congratulations to Mes for winning the championship and getting promoted to Division 1. It was tense but as San Ps and Revs fought out a 3-3 draw between each other, Mes knew a victory over KCC Cavs will make them champions. Mes raced into a 1-0 lead, ... Posted at 6:59PM on April 17, 2019 Week 23: Mes are Div 2 Champions and Samurai Blue miss the chance to go clear in Div 3

 This week, we will start with Division 2. Congratulations to Mes for winning the championship and getting promoted to Division 1. It was tense but as San Ps and Revs fought out a 3-3 draw between each other, Mes knew a victory over KCC Cavs will make them champions. Mes raced into a 1-0 lead, but it was short-lived as Cavs struck an equalizer to potentially take the championship into the final week, giving San Ps and Revs a chance to snatch it away on the last week. Mes knew they had to win the game; otherwise, the promotion might not happen with San Ps being their next opponent and Revs playing OSM. Two goals late in the second half sealed the deal for Mes, and there were jubilant scenes afterwards all around Hong Kong.

 
In the other crucial fixture which could have taken the title to the wire was between San Ps and Revs but they couldn't muster a winner between a six-goal thriller. Revs started the game well, taking a 2-0 lead. However, a determined San Ps weren't going to roll over and let their promotion hopes be destroyed and fought back to level the game 2-2. Revolution picked themselves up and thought they scored a winner, only for a 30-yard screamer to tie the game 3-3.
 
Elsewhere in Division 2, OSM beat KCC Royals 2-1, and Dragon Valley and Wolves played an exciting encounter with DV edging the game 5-3. Dragon raced into a 3-0 and was thinking about Easter Eggs when Wolves got their act together and levelled the game 3-3. However, courtesy to a keeper, who was seeing two balls due to this drinking skills from the previous night, made an error and gave DV the lead again, before a penalty wrapped the game 5-3.
 
In Division 1, Wan Chai Spartans continued their strong run with a 7-1 victory over Goodfellas as they solidify 2nd place. On Friday, the other Spartans, Sohos, lost 2-1 to USRC in a much tighter affair. 
 
Forward smashed five past against the already relegated, Krauts as they won the game 5-1. Scots battled and won their game 2-1 against Trops. 
 
In the last game of Division 1, saw the return of the legendary deep-lying play-maker, Manjeet Brar, for Corinthians and made sure they got back to winning ways with a clean sheet. The unfortunate victims were JLeaguers who couldn't find a way through. What a difference one player makes! 
 
Finally Division 3, only had two games were played in the span of two weekends. The first one is from last week, during the Rugby 7s, two managers defied all odds by fielding two teams, Samurai Blue and Young Guns, to play a game of football. Yes, football was played when Rugby 7s was on in Hong Kong. SB knew a victory would take them above their title challengers, Shui Wei, and started brightly by winning a penalty, which was scored but wait a minute, no, ref wants a retake, and it's MISSED, over the bar. I think he imagined he was at the Hong Kong Stadium playing Rugby on the retake. The miss didn't affect SB, taking the lead shortly after, and continued to dominate the game. Suddenly, YG thought to themselves that they are here to play as well and started creating chances and equalizing. The game continued, the scoreline didn't change, but the number of players on the field did, SB goalscorer sent off. This means the next match between SB and SW is being labelled as the title decider!
 
This week saw Young Guns beat Shooters 3-2 with the winning goal scored in the last 5 minutes of the game. 
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