Hong Kong recorded a consolation 1-0 victory over Guam in the last matchday of the EAFF E-1 Football Championship 2017 Round 2 Women’s Tournament.
Both the hosts and the Masakada were eliminated from contention for a spot in next year’s final round after losing their opening matches.
Taking advantage of the home crowd, Hong Kong tried to attack from the opening whistle, and it took them only 11 minutes to score when a shot from Chan Wing Sze was blocked by a Guam defender and Cheung Wai Ki was quick to respond, pounding home the opening goal from close range.
Just six minute later, Cheung had another shot at Guam’s goal but this time was wide of the target.
In the 21st minutes, Hong Kong’s Wong So Han tried to chip the ball in over Guam goalkeeper Sophia Garrido, but she was denied by the crossbar.
Hong Kong continued to press in the closing stages of the first half, but instead it was Guam who came very close to scoring a goal. In the 43rd minute, Colleen Naden had a one-on-one chance but failed to find the back of the net.
The match’s tempo dropped significantly after the interval. Hong Kong continued to dominate possession but failed to create chances due to Guam’s pressing tactics.
Hong Kong’s first real chance in the second half didn’t come until Kwong Wing Yan rattled the crossbar in the 74th minute.
Guam had one last chance to score toward the end of the match, but striker Paige Surber failed to deliver.
The result means Hong Kong finished third in the round-robin table with three points, while Guam finished last with none.