TONY Sealy scored his first goal for Eastern last night to put the champions on their way to a 2-0 victory over Rangers in a Hong Kong First Division match at Mongkok Stadium. The 34-year-old striker, who Eastern gambled on in the summer by signing him to lead their attack instead of leading goal-scorer Dale Tempest, lifted a burden off his shoulders by heading home Paul Nixon's cross in the 73rd minute. And, with two minutes remaining, Sealy's neat back-header put midfielder Cheung Kam-wah racing away down the left and his cross was met at the far post by Tam Siu-wai, who scored his third goal in three games to wrap up the three points. Eastern's win took them back to the top of the table with a maximum nine points from three matches, three points ahead of second-placed South China. For Sealy it was a personal triumph. Already under pressure after replacing Tempest, Sealy's pre-season build-up had been hampered by a groin strain and he was substituted in Eastern's first two matches. After opening his account last night, Sealy admitted: ''I didn't care how the first goal came, so long as it came - and this one was gift-wrapped. ''This will go a long way to settling me down and hopefully a few more goals will follow. ''I would really like to thank my teammates, though. They have been very supportive and very patient and the management have stuck to their guns in the belief it would come right. ''It was nice to see it go in, especially the way the game was going. It was a tough slog most of the time but in the end our quality shone through.'' Marked tightly by Rangers' experienced skipper, Trevor Quow, Sealy rarely had a sight of goal in the first half. And his side's attacking options were reduced in the 26th minute when left-winger Ross Greer limped off with a calf strain. Twenty minutes into the second half, though, Eastern began to create chances and Sealy went close on three occasions. When Tam crossed from the right, Rangers defender Justin Crowe was in smartly to take the ball off Sealy's toe. Five minutes later, after skilful approach play from Nixon, Sealy saw his right-foot drive turned aside by Jamie Picken in the Rangers goal. The pressure mounted on Sealy in the very next minute, though, when he blazed a shot over the bar after being put in the clear by Lee Kin-wo's back-heeled pass. The goal finally arrived with Nixon chipping over a cross and Sealy, unmarked, heading home from five yards. Eastern were not in control just yet, though, and midfielder Tim O'Shea had to clear his lines when Rangers threatened an equaliser on the break. But a Sealy header released Cheung on the left and Tam stole in on the far post to head in from close range and make the match safe. Rangers could take heart from this display, however, as they looked a much better unit than in their first two matches of the season. Steven Raynes showed good skills in midfield, while Crowe became the first goalkeeper to keep Nixon off the scoresheet this season.