Shaheen midfielder Arif Ali grabbed a consolation second-half goal as hosts South Korea romped to a 14-1 victory over Hong Kong in the preliminary stages of the men's hockey competition yesterday. It was probably the heaviest defeat suffered by Hong Kong in international competition and at the Asian Games. But not entirely surprising as the Koreans, Sydney Olympic silver medallists, are regarded as one of the top teams in the world. 'It is probably our highest loss. I can't recall being beaten by a heavier margin in recent years. But you must remember that we were playing against full-time professionals, one of the giants of the world. And they were fielding all their big guns today,' said Con Conway, local hockey enthusiast and vice-president of the Hong Kong Olympic Committee. Korea led 8-0 at the end of an action-packed first half. Unfortunately for Hong Kong all the action was centred around their goal area. The SAR's blow for the minnows came midway through the second half when Ali pounced on a deflection off the Korean goalkeeper to hit the board to give Hong Kong a brief moment of happiness. 'The Koreans were exceptionally good but at the same time we had a bad day. But against one of the top three teams in the world you cannot afford to go out and have a bad day,' said manager Chandran Nair. Hong Kong lost 5-1 to India in their opening match on Monday leaving them winless with one more grouop match to go - against Japan on Sunday. Already Nair is looking ahead to the playoff for fifth to eighth places which begins next Wednesday. Japan and Hong Kong will vie with China and Bangladesh for the minor placings. 'We are a second tier side in Asia. I don't think we were disgraced by the result. Getting a goal against Korea is a creditable achievement,' said Conway. In table tennis, Hong Kong's women's team finished the preliminary stages with a 2-2 record. The SAR beat Pakistan 3-0 before losing to favourites China by an identical margin. On Tuesday, they scored a shock 3-1 win over hosts Korea and were beaten by a similar scoreline by Singapore. Hong Kong finished in the top four in their group and have thus earned a berth in the quarter-finals today. A lot will depend on Tie Yana - the only one of the three mainland girls who escaped being sent back home after failing to meet the Olympic Council of Asia's eligibility requirements - if Hong Kong are to manoeuvre their way into medal contention. Outdoor, on the hardcourts of the Geumjeong Stadium, the tennis team lost their way in the second round of the men's team competition. Wayne Wong gave Hong Kong a sound start when he beat Taiwan's Wang Yeu-tzuoo 6-7, 6-4, 6-1 in the first singles match. But Taiwan levelled the score through Lu Yen-hsun who beat local teenager Yu Hiu-tung 6-2, 6-2. Wong and John Hui then failed to stop Lu and Cheng Wei-jen who won the doubles 6-4, 6-4. 'We had our chances in the doubles. It is a pity for if we had won we would have met Indonesia in the quarter-finals and I think our chances would have been high of entering the semi-finals and thus be assured of a bronze medal at least,' said manager Derek Ling. 'Wayne Wong did well to beat Wang in the opening singles match. The Taiwanese was the guy who earlier this year led them to victory over us in a Davis Cup tie. They were seeded and we did well to take it into the deciding doubles,' said Ling. Taiwan were worried. They were nervous but their number one Lu and Cheng combined well to see off the challenge from Hui and Wong. 'I'm proud. We gave them a scare and a run for the money,' added Ling. In cycling, Alexandra Yeung Ka-wah finished eighth in the women's road race. Yeung finished the 96.8km in two hours, 47 minutes and 19 seconds. In the equestrian individual eventing competition, Masami Toda, riding Coolgardie, finished the best of the Hong Kong four riders in the preliminary dressage stage. Toda came in eighth, while Hamish McAuley (Jiggalong) finished 15th, Nicole Fardel 19th (Little Madam IV) and Daniel Palmer (Snowy II) last in at 22nd. In the team standings, Hong Kong were placed fourth. With the best three scores counting, the SAR aggregated 189.13 penalty points and will have to do well in the remaining two disciplines to catch third-placed Thailand, who are on 161.62.