|Ahmad Fahmie's second half effort "Kena Tiang" (hit the upright)|
The swift passing with the movement on and off the ball by the current Hong Kong Division One table-toppers had definitely placed them on a much favourable position to break the deadlock in the first half, if not for the heroics of Croatian custodian Sasa Dreven on several occasions.
|Stags' Benoit Croissant (right) and Anaz Hadee (center) up against Kitchee's Lam Ka Wai (left)|
Still, the Stags counted themselves unlucky in the second period of play with Ahmad Fahmie's effort in the box struck the upright and followed by the inches-wide effort by skipper Aleksandar Duric.
|Ahmad Latiff up against Kitchee's Zesh Rehman|
"I am happy with the way my team played and we tried to attack, but to us one point is a very good (result) since we are already in the second round."said Kitchee's Spanish coach Josep Balague in his post-match assessment.
"We are a team that don't have experience in this competition and furthermore we aren't the strongest team in Hong Kong two years until we won the league title last year and in a good position to do so again this year.
"And it's more for the players to gain from this experience for taking part in such tournament, as they are required to play more games this season on top of our domestic league and cup competitions that I hope we can make the best of the last 16." added coach Balague.
|Skipper Alek Duric (9) is Stags leading scorer in this tournament|
"Disappointed is because we couldn't get the win and the players had given all their all, but that's football where we now we have to move on." said the former national winger upon prompted the corresponding result.
"Now for us is to stay positive and head to Vietnam to get a win, after which we will concentrate on our league."
|Tampines found themselves constantly defended such "dead-ball" in match|
"Which I hope the stop drop in the AFC Cup and not in the S.League." added coach Tan after saw his once free-scoring side recorded three goals in the continental campaign so far.
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