NEW boy Glyn Hodges boosted Sing Tao's hopes for the upcoming season when he scored a brace of goals to lead the Tigers to a 3-1 victory over South China in last night's Regional Council Cup final at Yuen Long Stadium. The former Welsh international showed that he had lost none of his form despite his advancing years carrying his new club to their first major trophy since the Viceroy Cup two seasons ago. Hodges' goals in the 39th and 81st minutes sandwiching right-winger Lo Kai-wah's 64th minute goal was a taste of what can be expected of Sing Tao this season. 'It's nice to win a cup but we did not worry about this one too much. We are looking forward to the forthcoming season though,' said 33-year-old Hodges. Hodges only blotch last night was his second booking to add to the red card he received in his side's first meeting with South China 12 days ago in the preliminary rounds which ended in a 4-4 draw. 'I was very disappointed with the referee and I got booked again. If we continue to get things like this, I will be missing a lot of games.' Hodges said winning a major trophy was his main goal saying: 'I haven't won anything for a senior team for a long time although I have won cups for the reserves.' Both sides failed to find the net until the 39th minute when Hodges struck with a low, close-range shot after picking up a Lo Kai-wah cross. Sing Tao doubled the tally when Lo finished off a Lau Chi-yuen cross in the 64th minute. South China's hopes were brightened when new signing Dale Tempest, who came on to replace Chan Wai-chiu at the break, reduced the deficit with a 71st minute goal - his first goal for the Caroliners since returning to the side he left five years ago. Tempest latched on to Yau Kin-wai's through ball before scoring with his left foot inside the box. The Caroliners' celebrations were short lived as Hodges struck again - and this time it was a beauty. Sing Tao midfielder John Moore chested the ball for Hodges to score with a powerful, curling left-footed shot from 25 yards. The referee piled on the agony for South China when defender Song Lianyong was given his marching orders five minutes from time for an untidy challenge on winger Lau. Meanwhile, South China goalkeeper Werner Kooistra is hoping to return to the Netherlands to visit his wife who is recovering from a stomach ailment. Kooistra hopes to leave the territory next week and return before the league starts on September 7. TEAMS Sing Tao: Iain Hesford; Paul Masefield, Chan Chi-keung, Rudi Hedman, Chu Yue-tai; Lo Kai-wah (Chan Tsz-kong 74), Lau Chi-yuen, Lee Wai-man, John Moore; Glyn Hodges, Wai Kwan-lung. South China: Werner Kooistra; Aurelio da Silva, Ku Kam-fai, Yau Kin-wai, Chan Wai-chiu (Dale Tempest 45); Lee Kin-wo, Leslie Santos, Song Lianyong, Chan Chi-hong (Pedro Xavier 62); Au Wai-lun, Ricky Cheng Siu-chung.