Guangdong forward Huang Zhiyi scored a crucial late goal, but Hong Kong are in an ideal position to regain the Guangdong-Hong Kong Cup after winning the first leg of the annual encounter 2-1 at Hong Kong Stadium yesterday. Midfielder Law Chun-bong struck the opening goal for Hong Kong with a soft strike in the 28th minute and Happy Valley defender Poon Yiu-cheuk added the second from the penalty spot two minutes before the break. Just when Hong Kong thought they had done enough to take a two-goal cushion into the second leg in Guangzhou on Sunday, Huang fired in a goal three minutes into injury time. Far from just a consolation, that strike gives Guangdong every reason for optimism when the tie resumes. Hong Kong coach Lai Sun-cheung was furious with his side for conceding a goal right at the death. Hong Kong last won the Cup in January, 2002. 'I think I might have to swear at the players for conceding that goal. We did everything right up to that point. Our midfield held well and we were creating chances. We made it harder for ourselves to regain the trophy, but we still have a good chance ,' said Lai. Guangdong coach Mai Chao said Huang's late goal had given his side some hope of retaining the title. 'It was a crucial goal because we have a chance of winning the second leg in Guangzhou. It has given us hope now,' Mai said. 'Our fitness was a bit lacking and we will have to do something to improve this. I hope we can play better in the second leg. As you know, the Chinese league has just finished and a lot of the players are resting,' he said. Guangdong did well to prevent Hong Kong extending their lead, having played almost the entire second half with only 10 men after Li Zhihai picked up his second yellow card following a dreadful tackle on Hong Kong's Chu Siu-kei in the 55th minute. Li had earlier been cautioned in the 43rd minute for a challenge on Law. Hong Kong were somewhat fortunate in the way they scored the opening goal. Law picked up Lawrence Akandu's through-ball and when Guangdong defender Li Zifei came out to challenge Law, the pair clashed but Law still managed a weak shot that rolled into an empty net. Poon scored from the penalty spot after Li caught Law flush in the face with his hand in the penalty area and the 26-year-old Sun Hei defender did well to place the spot kick high into the net. But Guangdong refused to lie down and Huang weaved his way past Chu before planting a left-footed shot past Fan Chun-yip to give his side some hope of retaining the Cup.