Champions Shaheen stretched their lead at the top of the Hong Kong men's First Division to nine points after labouring past 10-man Kowloon Cricket Club (KCC) B 4-1 at King's Park yesterday. KCC B, who are firmly anchored at the bottom of the table with just two points from nine games, were struggling to put together a team and turned up with 10 men. The cellar-dwellers did well to frustrate Shaheen at times, although the champion's numerical advantage was the telling factor. The win did not impress Shaheen captain Akbar Ali, who said the champions still had some way to go if they were to retain their league title. 'KCC played a defensive game so we had to work very hard to get our goals,' he said. Akbar said his side would need to lift in time for their crucial encounter with KCC A on Sunday at King's Park. Akbar struck early in the second half to give his side a 3-1 lead after younger brother Asif opened the scoring in the sixth minute and Derek Leung made it 2-0 in the 20th minute after converting from a short corner. Joe Pannu pulled one back for KCC before the break with a simple tap-in. Asif found his second two minutes before time for the 4-1 win.