May 31, 2015: USRC – BTS lifted the Masters Cup at the third time of trying with a 2-1 win over Wallsend Boys Club of Newcastle in the penultimate match of the day.
USRC took the lead through 35-year-old Daniel Lins Cortes, formerly of Wellington Phoenix. Former Leeds United striker Michael Bridges equalised for Wallsend before Paolo Henrique eventually scored the winner for the Kowloon-based club.
Capone, who helped Galatasaray win the 2000 UEFA Cup, captained a squad dominated by former and current Brazilian pros, including former Hong Kong captain Cristiano Cordeiro. Both were also part of the squad that lost to Ajax All Stars after extra-time in last year’s final.
“We came very close last year, but we couldn’t make it,” Cordeiro said. “We decided that this would be our year, so it means a lot for us to win it. We trained very hard, then suffered some injuries, so we had to overcome that.
“I thought the final was a very exciting game; a really, really exciting final. It’s a nice rivalry with Wallsend because we played them in the group stage and we played them twice last year.”
BC Rangers of the Hong Kong Premier League won the second-tier Plate with a 3-1 win over Yau Yee League Select.
Jason Eng, Han Jae-woong and Chuck Yiu-kwok all scored for BC Rangers, while Luca Merlone smashed in a spectacular goal for Yau Yee League Select, who reached the final by knocking out five-time champions Aston Villa in the semis with a 7-6 penalty shootout victory after a 2-2 draw in regulation time.
Yau Yee League Select, representing Hong Kong’s top amateur league, had earlier upset the seedings in Saturday’s group stage when they beat Stoke City (2-0) and HKFA U-20 (2-1), and even led Atletico Madrid before losing 2-1.
Hosts Hong Kong Football Club won the third-tier Plate by beating 2013 Cup winners Leicester City on penalties after a scoreless draw in the final.
KCC Veterans won the first trophy of the day by beating HKFC Chairman’s Select 3-1 in the Masters Plate final. Marcel Sossnowski, former Scottish pro James Grady and Ian Nelson all scored as Kowloon Cricket Club regained the silverware they first won in 2009.