THREE goals in a 12 minute burst buried Instant-Dict as Viceroy Cup champs South China racked up their fifth straight win last night. The Caroliners battled back from goal behind at half-time to run out 3-1 winners at Mongkok Stadium. Ian McParland put Instant-Dict ahead with a 28th minute goal against the run of play. But Chu Yue-tai grabbed the vital equaliser in the 73rd minute before striker Billy Whitehurst blasted home South China's second goal three minutes later. Bosnian striker Anto Grabo iced the cake when he headed in Pang Kam-chuen's superb cross to hand South China their eighth league win in 15 games. South China leapfrog Michelotti to occupy third place in the 10-team standings, one point behind Instant-Dict. Their victory gives Eastern, who are virtually assured of the title, even more breathing space at the top of the table with 35 points and two games in hand. Grabo, who was voted the best forward in the Viceroy Cup competition, was delighted with his team's victory. ''I was a bit surprised with the way we won. When we were down 1-0, I expected my teammates to come back in defence but we continued to press forward. Everybody put in 100 per cent and we looked very disciplined,'' he said. ''This win will give us more confidence for the FA Cup this month. We really started the season badly but things have picked up and our confidence has been restored.'' Grabo singled out up-and-coming midfielders Chiu Chung-man and Chu as the men who made the difference for South China. ''They are improving with every game. They are both playing very well now,'' he said. South China dominated for long periods and ran Instant-Dict ragged with their fluent passing in a physical encounter which produced six bookings - all in the first half. Instant-Dict sorely missed midfielder Steve Berry, on the bench with a strained thigh suffered in training this week. But after soaking up much of the pressure in the first half, Instant-Dict went ahead after South China's defence suffered a lapse of concentration. Trevor Quow chipped in a cross from the right, winger Adrian Thorpe headed on for McParland and his low shot eluded goalkeeper Allen McKnight. But South China continued to press and it was only a matter of time before they found their target. Chu had the crowd of 4,157 in raptures with his equaliser after Chiu had done a marvellous job cutting the ball back the bye-line. Chiu's cross was headed away by defender Wong Fo-mok - but Chu dashed in for a cracking header of his own which flew into the top left corner of the net. Three minutes later, Whitehurst put South China ahead with another superb goal. The former Newcastle United striker burst through the Instant-Dict defence after being fed by Shum Kwok-pui to rifle home from close range. South China's confidence was soaring and they sealed the game after another fine piece of crossing - this time from Pang Kam-chuen. Pang raced down the right flank, cut the ball back from the bye-line and Grabo's powerful header eluded the outstretched Chan.