The 2016 Macau League started for CPK in the same way it had ended 2015 League, with a win over Monte Carlo. Besides the difficulties of being the first match, CPK encountered a newly formed but well structured and organized team which kept its plan to wait a chance for counterattack or any eventual error by CPK. Despite being superior in terms of ball possession, Monte Carlo had two or three good opportunities to open the score, before CPK responded with a nice kick by Cheong, but Monte Carlo’s goalkeeper did a nice save. At minute 42, Roni lobbed over Monte Carlo’s defender and put the ball in the angle, scoring a beautiful goal. No time to enjoy the advantage, since the opponent equalized the match at the next minute. CPK cannot complain much about the misfortune of Monte Carlo’s goal, even the team held the ball more time, adjustments were necessary when the opponent had the ball. The first half ended 1×1.
The second half started with CPK still having more ball possession, but another mistake gave the second goal to Monte Carlo. Despite the goal, CPK kept fighting and at minute 64, Roni got a ball face to face with the goalkeeper, and score his second goal and equalized the match again. What a way to debut in his new team!
After the equalizer goal, Monte Carlo seemed happy with the draw, but it was time to show the same determination and to show CPK Power, as last season. CPK kept trying hard to win the match, and at minute 92, the reward for not giving up appeared. A silly fault close to the corner kick, gave the chance to Bruno cross the ball to Ronaldo score the third goal and give the three points to CPK.
Of course, this was only the first match and there is a lot of room for improvement, but if something positive should be highlighted, it was the team spirit. Players fought together, they compensated each other mistakes and they pushed each other by improving communication during the match.
It was a great debut for the new players, it was a confirmation for the old players, it was a good sign for the coaches and it was a delightful message for the supporters that CPK will keep aiming the top.
Congrats to all players, coaches and supporters!! CPK Power rules!! Go Go CPK!!