The Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd), champions of the 2001/2002Philips Hong Kong Universities Football League and runners-up last season, are mounting another serious challenge for the title. The team, comprising students from the HKIEd's physical education (PE) teacher degree course, won their second match of the first-round programme, 1-0, against former university football powerhouse Polytechnic University (PolyU) on Sunday. HKIEd, widely regarded as the favourites to win the competition, lead Group B after their latest win, secured with a goal from striker Lai Chun-ho in the 43rd minute. Elsewhere in Group B, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) beat Chinese University 1-0 thanks to a first-half goal from captain Au Yeung Chi-on. Baptist University picked up their first win of the season, ending a three-match losing streak, when they beat Lingnan University 2-0. The goals came from Lee Kun-sue and Chan Wing-leung. In the only Group A game, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) came back from 1-3 down to draw 3-3 with Shue Yan College. Lee Yiu-fai opened the scoring in the fifth minute for Shue Yan, while Lam Ka-wai replied for HKUST 16 minutes later. Shue Yan then raced ahead through Lai Ka-leong and Ng Pak-lun, but HKUST recovered with a another strike from midfielder Lam, with striker Cheng Kam-chiu grabbing the last-minute equaliser. The next round of matches is on January 4 when HKU play PolyU in Group B, and the Institute of Vocational Education take on Chu Hai College in Group A. In last season's final, City University (CityU) gained revenge when they clinched the title with a 2-1 victory over HKIEd. The clash was a repeat of the 2001/2002 final, when HKIEd beat CityU. The champions of this year's tournament will claim a place in the annual Philips International Soccer Sevens at Happy Valley next April. Electronics giant Philips also sponsors university leagues in Europe, South America and mainland China. Meanwhile, Philips has organised a soccer clinic with Sun Hei players Rambo Ricardo and Marcio Anacleto at HKU this Saturday. The company is offering places at the session for secondary school students. For inquiries, call Jimay Li at 2570 3388.