EASTERN'S Paul Nixon put former teammate Dale Tempest in the shade with two goals which helped sink Kitchee 3-0 in last night's First Division clash at Mongkok Stadium. Tempest, keen to do well against the team who dumped him during the summer, endured a frustrating night as champions Eastern turned on the sort of attacking show he used to be associated with last year. Last season's top-scorer, who joined Kitchee on a one-month contract, was hoping for a winning start with his new club, but it was clearly not his night as Nixon helped Eastern to their second successive victory. Nixon, who scored the winning goal in his club's 2-1 league season-opening win over arch-rivals South China, found the net with headers in the 63rd and 71st minutes after teammate Tam Siu-wai had put Eastern ahead with a stunning drive 13 minutes into thesecond half. The three-goal burst in 12 minutes killed off Kitchee and snuffed out any hopes Tempest might have had of putting one over on his old teammates before a crowd of 3,277. Tempest was closely marked throughout and will now have to look forward to Kitchee's second game - against Happy Valley next Friday - to show his worth. ''We created chances and played well. But, once they scored that superb goal through Tam, it was the turning point for them. ''We fought back and hit the post after they had scored, but luck was not on our side,'' said 29-year-old Tempest. ''I'm pretty pleased to get through the game because it was my first since the Shanghai interport in June,'' he added. The expected lethal strike partnership between Tempest and Brazilian Rogerio dos Santos Oliveira never materialised as Eastern's defence held firm throughout the 90 minutes. Kitchee's other one-month signing, midfielder Jose Antonio, showed a few good touches, but Eastern goalkeeper Iain Hesford was never really seriously tested. Eastern team manager Peter Leung was pleased with his team's performance, saying his players were not that well prepared for the match given the poor weather Hong Kong had experienced. ''We trained for two days only because of Typhoon Dot, but we still put up a good show. All credit must go to Nixon, who is really putting it together this season,'' he said. ''Kitchee played well in the first half, but I think everything came together after Tam scored that world-class goal,'' he said. Kitchee gave little leeway to Eastern in the first half, battling hard and giving every indication that it was going to be a close game. Defender Jon Widdows and Yau Kin-wai had a commendable first half, frustrating Eastern, who could find no way past them. But the game swung Eastern's way after Tam's superb strike in the 58th minute. Eastern captain Lee Kin-wo fed Tam outside the penalty area and the Hong Kong international let loose with a curling left-footed drive which flew into Chung Ho-yin's top right corner net. But Kitchee refused to give in and almost equalised three minutes later when Widdows' header hit Hesford's upright from Yeung Hei-chi's corner. Two minutes later Nixon, who scored 16 goals and helped Eastern to three trophies last season, pounced on a defensive lapse by goalkeeper Chung and defender Wu Yiu-kwok for his first goal. Lee's corner led to Wu slicing a clearance off the line. The ball bobbed up and Nixon beat the goalkeeper in the air to head home. Chung was slightly injured in the challenge and was substituted by 19-year-old reserve goalkeeper Lok Kar-win. Lok was to blame for Eastern's third goal seven mintues later, completely missing a left-wing corner from Tam and allowing the predatory Nixon to head in at the far post. It was not a memorable night for Tempest's replacement at Eastern, striker Tony Sealy, who was substituted for the second time in as many matches after another low-key performance. He was replaced by Tong Yuen-sing moments after Tam had scored. Leung added: ''Our next match is against Rangers next Thursday and we are confident of another win. Beating South China gave us the confidence for this match. ''We will also give Sealy another chance to play and, hopefully, he'll come good this time.''