The Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) remain unperturbed by the recent spate of red cards in the Regional Council Cup despite two more players joining the growing list last night. Since the pre-season tournament began on Tuesday, seven red cards have been shown, giving the event one of the worst disciplinary records of any local cup. Happy Valley veteran defender Hau Yiu-tak and Instant-Dict midfielder Yeung Kin-wah were the latest offenders, sent off for fighting in the 53rd minute of last night's 1-1 draw at the North District Sports Ground in Sheung Shui. On Tuesday night, South China goalkeeper Werner Kooistra and Sing Tao forward Glyn Hodges were sent off for fighting and there were more red cards on Wednesday night when Golden had two players sent off and Happy Valley one. Hau and Yeung were challenging for the ball when fists started to fly. Referee Chan Siu-kai sent both players off after calm was restored. There was more bleak news for Happy Valley when left-winger Szeto Man-chun suffered a neck injury after clashing with an Instant-Dict defender in the 60th minute. Szeto had to be given oxygen on the pitch before being rushed to Fanling Hospital where he was later cleared of serious injury. HKFA chief executive officer Vincent Yuen said it wasn't surprising so many red cards had been given, explaining that the FA had decided to use new referees for the season-opening clashes. 'They are not very experienced and this might affect their performance,' he said. 'It's unfair to blame the referee for the number of red cards. 'It's a different case tonight as the two red cards were given because of fighting. The players could not control their tempers so they were sent off. But on the whole, the referee did a fair job.' Happy Valley chairman Martin Hong Po-kui said: 'Hau Yiu-tak will be warned about his conduct although Yeung Kin-wah appeared to have started the trouble. Hau was under enormous pressure because he was captain. 'The weather was hot and players can easily lose their tempers under these conditions.' Happy Valley took the lead in the 33rd minute through Brazilian forward Cesar Santanna's diving header. Another Brazilian, Silvio Wielewski, had earlier been presented with a chance in the 11th minute but his header was saved by 'keeper Mick Leonard. Instant-Dict could have gone ahead in the 25th minute when Tim Bredbury shot over the crossbar from the edge of the penalty area. Fellow striker Paul Foster then forced Brazilian goalkeeper Joel Machado to tip the ball over the crossbar from a free kick. Instant-Dict's equaliser came in the 49th minute. Defender Au Young Wing-tsz pumped a long ball upfield to Bredbury, whose fierce shot eluded Machado. Instant-Dict president Thomas Tam Wai-tong was not worried by his team's latest setback. The league champions have only two points from two games after having been held to a goalless draw by Eastern on Wednesday night. He said: 'Our target is not the Regional Council Cup but the Asian Club Championship first-round match against Shanghai Shenhua [on August 21]. 'We are playing better and better. I hope we can perform even better when Tam Siu-wai returns to action.' Teams Happy Valley: Joel Machado, Hau Yiu-tak, Lee Sai-cheong, Leite Emersson, Chung Kin-hei; Kwok Yue-hung, Chau Chiu-hung, Lauro Camargo (Leandrol Zeferino 63), Lau Tik-lun (Szeto Man-chun 60, Pang Chi-tong 86); Silvio Wielwski, Cesar Santanna. Instant-Dict: Mick Leonard, Au Young Wing-tsz, Dimitri Kalkanov, Wong Wai-tak, Chan Hon-fai; Chan Chi-kwong, Tim O'Shea, Yeung Kin-wah, Yeung Hei-chi; Paul Foster, Tim Bredbury.