Sing Tao lifted the Viceroy Cup for the second time in three seasons yesterday as they continued a startling season's cup run which began last August. Sing Tao beat Happy Valley 7-6 in a dramatic penalty shootout after the teams remained goalless at the end of extra-time. The shootout provided the only serious entertainment in an otherwise lacklustre final witnessed by just 5,981 spectators - the lowest in the 28-year history of the tournament. The Tigers have a happy knack of winning every time they appear in a Cup final this decade and yesterday's victory - their first major success since winning the Viceroy Cup in 1995 - was the latest triumph for a club who started the season with the Regional Council Cup and the President's Cup already on the sideboard. Sing Tao's 37-year-old goalkeeper Iain Hesford was undoubtedly the Man of the Match. He came to his team's rescue on at least five occasions, including two brilliant saves in the shootout. 'It was part and parcel of the game. It was part of my job. I try to do my job the best I can,' said Hesford, who won the only medal which had eluded him in the territory since joining Eastern in the summer of 1992. 'I've gotten older in years, but sometimes experience brings you through. I'm a big bloke and I take some beating when standing up. I'm not as quick as I used to be, but this is what I want to do. I still enjoy the game,' said the former England under-21 international. Hesford got off to the best possible start in the shootout when he saved Happy Valley striker Declan Perkins' spot kick. The burly 'keeper came to his team's rescue again with a brilliant one-handed save from Wong Chun-yue which put victory back in Sing Tao's grasp after Sing Tao midfielder John Moore had his attempt saved by Victor Derbounov. Sing Tao defender Lee Wai-man made it all square with two misses from each side when his attempt was saved by Derbounov. Sing Tao got their break when Happy Valley defender Chung Kin-hei nervously ballooned his effort over the bar. It was up to Sing Tao's Chan Tsz-kong to carry his team to victory. And the little winger made no mistake to start the Sing Tao celebrations. But the hero of the day was Hesford, who has completed a collection of all four major domestic competitions. Hesford made his first save in the 32nd minute when he came off his line to smother Happy Valley striker Michael Midwood's attempt after the 20-year-old was sent smartly through by John Maher. A minute later, Hesford came to the fore again, using his legs to stop Midwood's shot after the Happy Valley striker dispossessed Sing Tao defender Rudi Hedman before running into the Sing Tao box unchallenged. Hesford's commanding performance continued in the second half when he stopped Perkins' close-range shot in the 61st minute having saved Midwood's attempt on goal in the first minute of the second half. Two minutes later, Sing Tao had the ball in the net, but Chan Tsz-kong's goal was ruled off-side. Some dreadful finishing and bad luck denied Sing Tao from winning the match outright. Defender Chan Chi-keung came closest when his shot went wide of the right-hand post after Chan Tsz-kong started the move with a long ball which was headed back in the path of Chan by Glyn Hodges. Sing Tao coach Chan Hung-ping paid tribute to Hesford, saying he had done well - especially in the penalty shootout. 'We are in debt for his services,' said Chan. Sing Tao's victory was worth $19,000 per man which included $260,000 first prizemoney they had won. Sing Tao: 1-Iain Hesford; 2-Lee Wai-man, 4-Rudi Hedman, 8-Marlon Van Der Sander, 5-Chan Chi-keung; 11-Chan Tsz-kong, 10-John Moore, 14-Ian Muir, 16-Lo Kai-wah (3-Lau Chi-yuen 51); 12-Wai Kwan-lung (Chu Yue-tai 64), 9-Glyn Hodges. Happy Valley: 1-Victor Derbounov; 4-Chau Chiu-hung, 15-Keung Wing-yiu, 19-John Maher, 3-Hau Yiu-tak (22-Szeto Man-chun 109); 11-Dean Martin, 13-Kwok Yue-hung (7-Wong Chun-yue), 8-Cheung Sai-ho, 9-Alan Reis; 20-Declan Perkins, 5-Michael Midwood.