THE disconsolate figure slowly walked away from the penalty area in a daze at Hong Kong Stadium. His head bowed in shame, it was not to be his day. Happy Valley defender Sammy Wong Wai-tak had just missed his spot-kick and given fierce rivals South China a dramatic 4-3 penalty shoot-out victory in yesterday's First Division Grand Final. The dreaded shoot-out was called for after the sides were deadlocked at 2-2 following 120 minutes of play. And while Wong, almost in tears, dragged his feet away from the area not knowing where nor who to turn to, wild celebrations erupted behind the goal by the other team. South China regained the league championship for the first time since 1997, but more importantly, the balance of power shifted back in their direction as this was their second trophy of the season. The league title has now been added to the Senior Challenge Shield. Happy Valley's lone trophy this season was the FA Cup. As Wong gradually came to terms with his miss, he received a sympathetic pat on the back from fellow defender and teammate Dimitre Kalkanov. South China were now bathing themselves in glory as the champagne flowed in stark contrast to a stunned Happy Valley camp. For the second successive season, nine months of the league championship all came down to a penalty shoot-out. And this time, South China came out winners. 'It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. I really feel sorry for Sammy. He's a wonderful player, a very nice and sensible guy, and he didn't deserve to miss,' said Kalkanov. 'I just hope he doesn't feel too down. It could have happened to anybody. That's life and that's football.' Kalkanov then couldn't help taking a swipe at the controversial league format, saying: 'If you had to ask me as a player what I thought about the format, I'd tell you this: It's a league not a cup [final]. 'The league is won by the most consistent team throughout the season not over one match. But that's the way it is. I'm just a foreigner in a foreign country. It's not the players' business.' Wong's miss in the shoot-out was the second for Happy Valley. Earlier, Kwok Man-tik had his spot-kick saved by Mick Leonard. But Happy Valley were thrown a lifeline when South China captain Yau Kin-wai saw his effort hit the post. Earlier, Gerry Laterza, Au Wai-lun, Leung Shing-kit and Ricky Cheng Siu-chung were all successful with their conversions for South China. It was then all down to Wong to put Happy Valley back in title contention, but his weakly-struck kick rolled wide of Leonard's left-hand post. And it was all over for Happy Valley. 'It's been a great season for us. We have now won two trophies this season. We have now won everything since I took over as coach last season. We have won the league, the FA Cup, the Viceroy Cup and the Shield. Now we're in the Asian Club Championship and hopefully we can win that too,' said South China coach Casemiro Mior. 'It was all down to organisation on and off the field. The upper management of South China has been very good. We have worked together and never have we had any problems,' he said. South China were given a dream start when Cheng handed the Caroliners a third-minute lead. Au Wai-lun's header was flicked on to Cheng who slammed home from close range. Happy Valley put themselves back on level terms with an equaliser from Cheung Sai-ho in the 24th minute. Lee Wai-man's lob put Cheung through and the midfielder crashed home from point-blank range. South China regained the lead in the 52nd minute thanks to Laterza, who poked the ball home after Cheng's overhead kick fell to the Paraguayan-born midfielder in the six-yard box. But Cheung again came to his team's rescue, scoring a 56th-minute equaliser, his second of the day. Lo Kai-wah's right-wing cross was chested down by Tomy Giacomeli and Cheung's 25-yard shot flew into the bottom right corner of the net.