South China new boy Chan Ho-man said he felt 'awestruck' after scoring both his team's goals as the Caroliners got off to a rousing start to the new campaign in a 2-0 win over champions Happy Valley yesterday. The SAR World Cup striker had dreamed of getting on the scoresheet, but never envisioned scoring twice against the toughest team in the league at Hong Kong Stadium. Leaving the pitch on a high, Chan said he was thankful South China had shown faith in him after signing him on with the Caroliners from Yee Hope in the summer. 'I went to the match thinking it would be great to get on the scoresheet in my first game for South China. When I scored my first goal I said to myself 'great' and then when I scored another I just couldn't believe it. I didn't think I would score two against Happy Valley. This is all amazing to me, but it's great,' said 21-year-old Chan. 'I'm really happy to have scored two goals and to help South China make a winning start. This is something I will remember for a long time. 'We had three or four other chances to score so we could have won really big today.' Chan showed his excellent finishing by scoring South China's first goal in the 10th minute. South China forward Ricky Cheng Siu-chung's powerful low shot struck a post and Chan reacted quickest to the loose ball, beating Happy Valley goalkeeper Fan Chun-yip to slip through and score. Chan completed his brace in the 74th minute when he stayed on his feet under pressure after picking up Lee Kin-wo's cross before slipping the ball past Fan for another tidy finish. Happy Valley were sorely missing a proper striker. They were without Indonesian forward Rochi Putiray who was serving a two-match suspension and visiting Singaporean striker Latiff Kharmarudin who was unable to get his transfer papers on time. It was only during the last seven minutes of the game did Happy Valley show some penetration in the South China defence after not having a single shot on target. 'We needed Rochi or Latiff up front but both didn't play. We were struggling and we just didn't have it to cause South China alarm. The other local strikers were not experienced enough. This is not a good start for us,' said Happy Valley manager Lim Fong Kee. The match began with a one-minute silence in respect for the victims of last week's devastating attacks on New York and Washington. The 5,544 spectators who turned out for the season opener gave the biggest cheer to South China winger Lee Kin-wo who played his first senior match since serving a one-year ban for his part in a highly publicised referee-attacks-player incident last year. And Lee had a good chance to make a winning return in the 26th minute when he received a lovely through ball from Ricky Cheng Siu-chung. With his target in sight, he hesitated with his shot from about 12 yards out before Poon Yiu-cheuk came to the rescue to clear away the danger. South China team director Peter Leung was pleased with victory, but cautioned it was only the start of a long campaign. 'We won the start to the season. It's good to win but we have a very long campaign in front of us and we can't get too carried away with this win. This is only one game,' said Leung who was in charge of his team in the absence of Brazilian coach Casemiro Mior who was serving a three-match touchline ban. 'I had no problems coaching the team. Casemiro kept phoning me with instructions and it wasn't so much of a problem him not being here in the dug-out. Chan Kwok-hung and Ku Kam-fai [assistant coaches] were also on hand and they are experienced. 'We still managed to win without Casemiro who advised us over the phone what changes we should make at half-time and during the game. 'Winning was the most important thing and I am glad we got off to a good start, but we can expect more tough games,' said Leung. South China could have won by a bigger margin had Brazilian midfielder Aderbal Filho done better with his finishing after having at least three golden opportunities to score. Filho drew out Fan after Lee had picked him out in the 62nd minute, but despite having an open goal in front of him, the Brazilian shot high and wide. Filho tried all he could to score, including using his hand to guide the ball into the net in the 55th minute which earned him a yellow card. He also had chances in the 64th and 71st minutes, but his shot with the outside of his left boot was way off target and his weak effort inside the Happy Valley box was easily picked out by Fan. Filho, who had been nursing a hamstring problem, was replaced by midfielder Yeung Ching-kwong in the 75th minute. Happy Valley hardly rattled South China's defence. Lo Kai-wah's low shot with seven minutes to go was probably the best chance Happy Valley had all day, although South China goalkeeper Chan Ka-ki had no problems keeping it out. TEAMS Happy Valley: 1-Fan Chun-yip; 3-Gerard Ambassa Guy, 4, Chau Chiu-hung (12-Tong Kin-ming 72), 5-Wong Wai-tak (15-Li Pui 64), 6-Lai Kai-cheuk; 8-Cheung Sai-ho, 11-Chan Chi-hong, 16-Lo Kai-wah, 20-Poon Yiu-cheuk; 7-Kwok Man-tik, 18-Lee Wai-man. South China: 18-Chan Ka-ki; 2-Yau Kin-wai, 3-Cristiano Cordeiro, 20-Szeto Man-chun, 6-Luk Koon-pong; 10-Ricky Cheng Siu-chung, 11-Lee Kin-wo (14-Poon Man-tik 78), 16-Shum Kwok-pui, 25-Aderbal Filho (8-Yeung Ching-kwong 75); 7-Au Wai-lun 13-Chan Ho-man (15-Tam Wai-kwok 81).