TWO first-half goals from striker Xie Hui handed the Hong Kong-Shanghai Cup back to Shanghai as the territory crashed 2-0 at the Huanghau Sports Ground yesterday. Xie struck in the seventh minute and then added to his tally 19 minutes later to give the home side a well-deserved victory before a near-capacity crowd who were treated to a colourful parade before the match in anticipation of victory. Hong Kong rallied briefly in the second half with the introduction of midfielder Tam Siu-wai, who replaced Rangers' clubmate Lee Wai-man and his presence added a bit more punch to the territory's attack. But in the end, it was too little too late for Hong Kong who were technically and physically outclassed by their rivals. Hong Kong assistant coach Chan Kwok-hung summed up Shanghai's performance: 'They were quicker to the ball and were fitter than us and they deserved to win. 'They defended very well. When Tam came on in the second half, we pushed forward more and opened them up a bit. Maybe if he had come on earlier, the result might have been different.' Striker Dale Tempest was given very little space as the Shanghainese defenders did a superb job closing him down and their Russian goalkeeper Gotcha Gorgoliani was in fine form.