TITLE-CHASING Instant-Dict squandered a chance of opening up a decisive three-point lead over their rivals after dominating an incident-packed second half in their goalless draw with favourites South China before the biggest crowd of the season at Hong Kong Stadium last night. Instant-Dict maintained top spot in the Hong Kong First Division with South China breathing down their necks on an inferior goal difference also on 10 points. The Dickies, chasing their first league title and their first major championship since their formation in 1991, could have made it their fourth straight victory before a crowd of 21,191 spectators. They had numerous scoring chances as they opened up their opponents' defence in the second half with midfielder Sean Edwards and attacking midfielder Ross Greer, playing in the centre of the attack, failing to put away several gilt-edged chances. Instant-Dict president Thomas Tam Wai-tong said: 'We really should have won. We clearly had more chances than South China in the second half. 'You don't get that many chances against a team like South China so I'm disappointed we didn't get the three points. Our team still played well and they will be rewarded with $2,500 bonus each.' South China coach Wong Man-wai was also disappointed that his team could only come away with a draw but said: 'We played one good half and that's really it. We tried to move forward by bringing on Leslie Santos but he was not playing up to par. Our striker Alen Bajkusa is nursing an injury and he was not up to scratch either. We didn't win but at least we came away with a draw and we are still left in a strong position for the championship.' South China were pinned back in defence by a revitalised Instant-Dict attack but it was the Caroliners who had the best chance of scoring. Defender Aurelio flicked on Ricky Cheng Siu-chung's cross and Instant-Dict goalkeeper Mick Leonard had to go full stretch to turn the Brazilian's header around a post, hurting his right shoulder in the process. Leonard defied the pain barrier for the remaining 25 minutes as he kept his fourth clean sheet of the campaign. South China had other chances to break the deadlock with striker Au Wai-lun and defender Ku Kam-fai going close. Au had a close-range shot blocked by defender Sammy Wong Wai-tak in the 14th minute and Ku headed over from Lee Kin-wo's free kick in the 28th minute. South China goalkeeper Werner Kooistra was forced to make his first save of the night in the 52nd minute when Foster's shot on the run from the right side of the box was parried away. TEAMS Instant-Dict: Mick Leonard; Cheung Chi-tak, Chan Ping-on, Sammy Wong Wai-tak, Tim O'Shea; Chan Hong-fai, Sean Edwards, Yeung Hei-chi (Chan Chi-kwong 59), Lam Hing-lun; Ross Greer, Paul Foster. South China: Werner Kooistra; Song Lianyong, Ku Kam-fai, Aurelio, Chan Wai-chiu (Leslie Santos 64); Lee Kin-wo, Shum Kwok-pui, Wu Qunli, Ricky Cheng Siu-chung; Alen Bajkusa, Alan Au Wai-lun.