Birthday boy Mark Grainger denied South China three points in last night's Ericsson League Championship Play-off encounter at Mongkok Stadium. The Sing Tao right-back, who turns 32 today, blocked three attempts towards the end of the game that left the match deadlocked at 1-1. In the curtain-raiser, Golden handed Five-One-Seven a 4-2 defeat in an entertaining Relegation Play-off match. Sing Tao, missing Hong Kong forward Wai Kwan-lung who has been suffering from hepatitis, opened the scoring in the 14th minute when veteran forward Anto Grabo scored from inside the box. Grabo had another chance four minutes later but his free-kick just outside the penalty area was too high. Left-winger Chan Tsz-kong and Yugoslav forward Zeljko Gavrilovic missed opportunities in the 29th and 32nd minutes which could have put the game out of South China's reach. But the Caroliners came back quickly after the interval and controlled the game. Their attacks were more intense after American striker Sheldon Thomas came on to replace winger Lee Kin-wo in the 72nd minute. They found the net in the 75th minute when forward Dale Tempest slotted home from close range after his first attempt was blocked by a Sing Tao defender during a goalmouth scramble. Thomas himself had a chance three minutes later but his powerful header with an open goal gaping was blocked by Grainger. Grainger then blocked a second header from Thomas before saving yet another header from Tempest in the dying moments. Then, against the run of play, Sing Tao almost scored but Chu Yue-tai's shot from six yards out was deflected out by South China goalkeeper Kevin Lok Kar-win in injury time. Grainger was satisfied with his own performance but added: 'I should've stopped Tempest's goal as I saw him shooting. It could've been an easier game for us if we had scored more in the first half but in the end we were lucky to draw with South China as they dominated the second half.' In the other match, both Golden and Five-One-Seven opted to attack at all costs. Golden's Brazilian Anilton Da Conceicao scored in the 11th minute and set up another one for young midfielder Wong Kwok-pun seven minutes later. Bottom side Five-One-Seven pulled one back in the 23rd minute through Andrew Clark but Golden went ahead 3-1 from a spectacular volley by defender Pau Ka-yiu in the 54th minute. Clark narrowed the gap to 3-2 in the 59th minute but Golden's new Brazilian-signing Leandro Simioni sealed the issue with a powerful shot and celebrated with a series of cartwheels. Chinese Professional League champions Dalian Wanda are to play Iran's Pirouzi in the Asian Club Championship semi-finals on April 3 at the Hong Kong Stadium. Defending champions Pohang Steelers face Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia in the other semi-final. The winners of both matches will meet in the final on April 5, while the losing sides play in the third-place play-off, also at the Hong Kong Stadium.