2016-17 Yau Yee League round-up: delight for Albion, Azzurri, Maccabi and Corinthians
9th May 2017
Albion made light work of Colloids FC to the tune of 7-0 to secure the Yau Yee League Division One title.
(Photo credit: Bill Cox/Epoch Times)
The 2016-17 Yau Yee Amateur League drew to a close recently, bringing the curtain down on a season that saw some incredibly close finishes throughout the divisions, leaving some delighted and others perhaps ruing what might have been.
The Hong Kong Football Club were undoubtedly the big winners this season, with three of its teams finishing in the top three spots.
While Club Colts finished a respectable third with 43 points, Wanderers (51) were pipped to the title by Albion (52) with a solitary point separating the sides. As the league's most prolific goalscorers and boasting the best goal difference, however, Albion were deserving champions in the end.
Looking towards the bottom of the table, Colloids and Knights paid the price for a disappointing campaign and will play in Division Two next season.
It was a close affair in the business end of Division Two as well although with a 2-point margin, champions Azzurri (56) had slightly more breathing space in their title race against runners-up Carnegies Boca Seniors (54).
Having the league's most potent attack and frugal defence certainly helped their case as they vastly improved on last year's 6th-placed finish. Both teams will be joined by Hearts FC as next season's promotion sides in Division One.
Moving down the table, the second division bid goodbye to Community Sports Old Boys and Grasshoppers, who both had a season to forget.
If you thought the top two divisions had nail-biting finishes, this one went all the way down to the wire.
Maccabi HK had completed their fixtures for the season a week early, registering a 4-1 victory over Goal Visio, finishing their season with 56 points from 22 games but most importantly, with a whopping 38-goal cushion above closest competitors Antonhill.
Antonhill had signalled their intent in the same week with a 7-1 demolition of Friends of Barclays- a result which took them to within 3 points of Maccabi with a game left to play.
However, they were ultimately undone by the improbability of winning by 39 goals although their final day 3-2 win over Scorpions ensured they nonetheless wrapped up a fantastic season on a high.
11th-placed Friends of Barclays (FOB) and 12th-placed Outward Bound Association (OBA) were relegated on the back of a poor season, with shoring up a leaky defence a priority for the former (FOB managed to outscore four teams including 6th-placed HOB, but have the ignominy of letting in the most goals down the other end).
Champions Corinthians had the easiest run-in of all the divisions and wrapped up the 4th division trophy after a 1-0 win over Bank of China (BOC), with a 6-point gap between them and 2nd-placed Green Cypress FC.
Despite this, Hung Art were ultimately unable to displace BOC to secure a top-three finish, only narrowly missing out.
On a whole, the jam-packed nature of most of the remaining places, as exemplified by a 5-point difference between 4th-placed Hung Art and 9th-placed CAPS, suggests a very open-ended Division Four next season.