Spotlight shines on BC Rangers and HK U23 for Wednesday night Sapling Cup battle


BC Rangers and HK U23 are due to square off in Mongkok Stadium on Wednesday evening for the lone Sapling Cup fixture of the day. The midweek cup-tie will kick-off at 20:00.

BC Rangers has been one of the surprise packages of the top flight this season. While the side might only be sitting on a modest sixth place in the Sapling Cup table, BC Rangers does boast a middle of the pack ranking in the premier league standing and recently unleashed a 4:0 beating towards HKFC in the FA Cup quarter-final. The team has proven to have the ability to topple any side on its day and should be guarded.

The partnership of Argentine forward Leandro Basan and Brazilian speedster Walter Junior has given BC Rangers an extra dimension up-front. The BC Rangers attacking duo have gelled seamlessly and have netted a staggering fourteen goals amongst themselves in the early going. Towering Basan is an imposing presence up-front who can finish his chances, while Junior has speed to burn and is not afraid of taking on defenders and firing from all angles. Lam Ka-wai, Lo Kwan-yee, Leung Hing-kit, Jean Kilama, Tse Long-hin and Yiu Ho-ming are all capable performers as well, and their presences in the BC Rangers lineup have allowed the team to compete in a rather high level.

HK U23 currently sits seventh in the Sapling Cup table and trails BC Rangers in the standing. A win on Wednesday night against BC Rangers can propel HK U23 over its opponent-on-the-evening and that should be enough to spur the HK U23 troops. Imposing goalkeeper Tse Ka-wing has yet to see any action since his return from the AFC U23 Asian Cup qualifiers, yet deputies Pong Cheuk-hei and Ngan Ho-tin have both stepped into the void and have served up some decent performances, despite their tender age.

Veteran attacker Wong Wai, who is on loan from Eastern Long Lions this season, has proven to be an all-important presence in the HK U23 lineup. With two goals under his name so far this season, Wong’s current tally actually counts for twenty-five percent of HK U23's total goal-haul in all competitions. Wong sat out HK U23's recent FA Cup quarter-final tilt against Eastern Long Lions but is expected to return on midweek. In addition, young guns such as Ng Man-hei, Tang In-chim and Yuen Sai-kit have all shown flashes of brilliance so far this season and all have the potential and ability to trouble the BC Rangers defense.