Hong Kong proved once again they were the best second-tier team in Asia when they won the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) Cup for the second time at King's Park last night. Having won the inaugural tournament five years ago, the SAR retained the trophy by holding Sri Lanka to a goalless draw in their final round-robin match. That result meant Hong Kong won the tournament from Chinese Taipei, who finished a point behind the SAR. Hong Kong could have won the tournament even if they had lost 4-0 to the Sri Lankans, but the local squad showed battling qualities to maintain their unbeaten record in the competition. Hong Kong conceded just one goal in six matches, while scoring 17 for the best record among the seven teams. Hong Kong skipper Farooq Saeed was a relieved man after the final whistle, knowing the local team had done well again. 'We were the only team who had to go to work almost every day,' said Saeed. 'All the players had jobs, even on Saturday, so that placed a bigger burden on us. We were getting tired [in the end] but we had the courage to continue fighting. 'It was not easy to play six matches in seven days and work at the same time. It would have been a lot easier to stay in the hotel and prepare for the tournament like the other overseas teams were doing. 'I am glad we have won. This was our first major tournament in five years and we finished on top again.' Hong Kong team manager Chandran Nair said Sri Lanka had played 'out of their skins' to hold the local squad to a goalless draw, but Hong Kong had played well to win the tournament. 'Ultimately, we played with discipline and determination. We had a few open chances, especially in the first half. Overall, we got the result we were looking for. Winning the tournament was the most important thing. We have retained the trophy, proving we were still the top second-tier team in Asia,' said Nair. Sri Lanka finished third in the tournament on 10 points ahead of Singapore, who suffered a shock 3-1 defeat to Macau earlier in the day. Macau finished last, but scored their first win of the tournament against the Singaporeans. Iran ended fifth thanks to a 2-0 win over Oman in their final round-robin match.