NEW recruit Ian McParland wasted no time in making his mark for Instant-Dict in a Hongkong First Division match against Sing Tao at Mongkok Stadium last night. The 31-year-old Edinburgh-born striker, who was signed from English Third Division club Northampton Town, scored on his debut in a 2-1 win to take Instant-Dict to within a point of second-placed Michelotti. McParland, who had nine seasons with Notts County before moving on to Hull City, Walsall and Dunfermline Athletic, broke the stalemate in the 47th minute to put his side on their way to victory. Right-winger Chan Chi-kwong added a second five minutes later before Sing Tao pulled one back through Ralph Milne nine minutes from full-time to set up a closer finish than Instant-Dict would have liked, considering their territorial advantage for such long spells. McParland, who was substituted in the 78th minute as Instant-Dict brought on a fresh pair of legs in pacey left-winger Lam Hing-lun, said: ''It's always nice to get a goal in your first game but winning the match is the main thing. ''I thought we did well and deserved the three points because we did all the pressing without sticking the ball in the net. ''For the goal I just happened to be in the right place to finish it off; I think the defence was still asleep because it was so early in the second half.'' McParland, who arrived in the territory on Saturday, has replaced Shanghai-born midfielder Townsend Qin, who has returned to the United States to play for the San Francisco Bay Blackhawks. Instant-Dict's victory was their fourth on the trot and they are now unbeaten in seven games. Their last defeat was 2-0 against Eastern in the league on December 12 - the only time Instant-Dict have failed to score in 14 league and cup games this season. And with two trophies - the Viceroy Cup and Hongkong FA Cup - still to play for, they must be strongly fancied to finish the season with some silverware. As for Sing Tao, they have won only one of their last six matches - and that was a scrappy 2-1 victory over British Forces. Meanwhile, an English Premier League club - either Wimbledon, Manchester City or Crystal Palace - will be invited to Hongkong in May for an exhibition match against second-placed Michelotti. Mattress makers King Koil are prepared to pay up to $500,000 to sponsor a top-flight English team during the week when Hongkong play their World Cup qualifiers in Beirut, Lebanon, from May 7-15. Michelotti team manager Sammy Yu said: ''There are very few local fixtures when Hongkong play their World Cup preliminary matches. ''We want to provide a bit of entertainment for the spectators and are inviting a team from the English Premier League. ''We will make inquiries soon with the clubs. I know Joe Kinnear, Wimbledon's team manager, very well. We will also be approaching Manchester City and Crystal Palace.'' The territory's domestic scene will be at a virtual standstill when the Hongkong national squad fly out to play their Asian Group D matches against Lebanon, India, South Korea and Bahrain. All the players who make up the Hongkong squad play for First Division clubs. The company are also waiting for a decision from the Hongkong Football Association on their bid to sponsor the season-ending FA Cup. The FA have five offers on the table, including one from last season's FA Cup backers, Regal, and they will announce the successful bidder within two weeks.