The meeting of an unusual-looking top-four clubs produced a memorable victory for Citizen and an equally memorable low for Kitchee, as the former beat the latter 2-1 at Mongkok Stadium, while leaders Sun Hei failed to win for the third match in a row as they were held 1-1 by second-placed Buler Rangers. Ma Shuai, Citizen's on-loan striker from Dalian, scored once in each half to help his side consolidate their position near the top of the table in their first season in the top flight. Szeto Man-chun pulled on back with a spectacular strike from long range but Kitchee never looked like drawing level in a match where the coach's and players' moods contrasted hugely. 'This is our best game of the season,' said Citizen's Simon Chan Kung-hing. 'I think we played our worst game this season; no skills!' complained Kitchee's Ricky Cheng Siu-chung. 'It's marvellous. It feels great to beat Kitchee. We're so united, we try together to win every match. That was the difference - every player on our team is so determined and confident,' exclaimed Citizen's goal hero. 'We've hit the bottom. It can't get any worse,' said Kitchee's Serbian striker Mihailo Jovanovic, uncharacteristically bereft of words as Kitchee continue to struggle with the weight of expectations this season, and remain out of sorts. Rangers again showed the resilience that new coach Qiu Jingwei has instilled in them when they fought back to take a point from Sun Hei in a match decided by two penalties. The first was converted by Lau Chi-keung after 10 minutes, after Chu Wai-lam had fouled the Hong Kong international midfielder. Rangers replied when goalkeeper Domingos Chan clipped the heels of Roger Batoum, allowing Eder Ferreira to demonstrate his slippery skills from the spot. 'Our team is getting more grown-up, more mature,' claimed Rangers captain Peter Man Pei-tak. 'If we keep playing like that we can challenge for the title. In training we've been doing a lot of defensive work and it's very hard to beat us now.' It was certainly one of Rangers' grittiest performances of the year, so much so that Sun Hei coach Koo Luam Khen was not too dismayed at his side's inability to win yet again. 'It was a battle, a good battle for both teams. Overall it was a good performance. We had our chances and we didn't make the most of them. Did Rangers have a shot on goal? We have to start burying our chances.'