The 2011 Long Teng Cup is underway and the first game is between the Philippine Azkals and the 2010 Champs Hong Kong. the Azkals played without regulars Stephan Schrock, Neil Etheridge and Paul Mulders.
HK struck twice in the first 22 minutes as Lee Wai Lim scored on the 2nd minute and Cheng Lai Hin headed a goal in the 22nd minute for an early 2-0 lead. The Philippines woke up and answered via a Phil Younghusband goal in 31st minute. The Azkals equalized just before halftime as Younghusband found diminutive Chieffy Caligdong for a left-footed finish.
The Azkals struck first in the 2nd half as Caligdong received a pass from James Younghusband, beat 2 defenders then struck hard to beat Hung Fai Yapp in the 62nd minute for his second score. It was the first lead by the Philippines and they held it for 25 minutes before Roland Muller conceded the equalizer from Cheng Lai Hin off a Chan Siu Ki free kick. The game ended 3-3.
It was a physical match as Wai Chiu Ng, Jason de Jong, and Kwok Pin Pong getting sent off the match. The result was better than last year’s outcome when the Azkals fell to Hong Kong Under-23, 2-4. Coach Michael Weiss was all praises for co-captain Chieffy Caligdong and he believed that the outcome would have been better had he not left the game on 78th minute after suffering a knee injury. The other teams in the 4-nation cup are Chinese-Taipei and Macau.
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