|Date:||15th November, 2016|
|Location:||Hong Kong Football Club|
The England Masters tour of Hong Kong was from the 14th to the 17th November 2016.
Masters Football are very grateful for the support from Hong Kong Football Club and the following sponsors of the tour and are delighted it was such a success.
Official Hotel – Harbour Grand Kowloon
Official Airline – Qatar Airways
Official Apparel – Player Layer
Official Sponsor– Standard Chartered Bank
Official England Shirt Sponsor – Pegasus Agriculture
Masters Football put together a squad of 16 England Masters for the 2016 tour of Hong Kong. Some world class names including David James, Emile Heskey, Steve McManaman and Teddy Sheringham were part of the England squad. With some of the biggest names to grace the English game on show against a mixture of local heroes – it promised to be a real exhibition for the Hong Kong public to enjoy
A 4-day itinerary including a soccer camp at King George V school, a cocktail party with Standard Chartered Bank and a private lunch with VIP’s from Qatar Airways was arranged in support of the big game! Giving locals the opportunity to meet their heroes and the Masters a chance to see the different sights of Hong Kong.
With so many high class Premier League names on show for the England Masters the HKFC Masters were clearly in for the game of their lives, and thats exactly how they started. Flying out the blocks and pressing the England team all over the field, the England Masters quickly realised they were in for a proper game. Whilst HKFC enjoyed lots of possession, they struggled to carve open many opportunities. England found their stride after twenty minutes of the game when smart work from Danny Murphy and man of the match Steve McManaman opened up the HKFC defence for Darius Vassell to miss a guilt edged opportunity from 6 yards out. Soon after, Emile Heskey forced a great save out of the goalkeeper, leaping to direct Darren Andertons cross in to the top corner, but the HKFC was equal to it. England dictated the rest of the half but couldnt find the back of the net as HKFC displayed great resolve and togetherness to keep the score 0-0 at the break. Similarly to the first half, HKFC came out for the second half all guns blazing and forced a superb save out of David James who dived to his right to tip a rasping drive from the edge of the box round the post to preserve his clean sheet. England took the lead after 60 minutes, Luke Young went on a run down the right flank and cut the ball inside to Danny Murphy, the former Fulham captain dropped his shoulder and rolled a delightful ball with the outside of his foot through to Jason White who kept his composure and squeezed the ball past the keeper. As the game went on HKFC pushed forward looking for an equalizer, a perfectly timed tackle from captain Des Walker late on meant England held on to their 1-0 victory.
- Players and staff land in Hong Kong, taken to Harbour Grand Kowloon
- Soccer clinic at King George V school
- Private cocktail party with Standard Chartered Bank
- Private lunch with VIP’s from Qatar Airays
- Soccer clinic at Hong Kong Football Club
- Match – England Masters v HKFC Masters
- After party
Hong Kong FC Masters
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