Chandran Nair is too old to get a call-up from new SAR coach Kevin Knapp, but the former Hong Kong national team manager showed he can still make his presence felt on the field when he provided the coup de grace as Shaheen humbled Asahi Valley 4-1 in the South China Premier League yesterday. With Knapp an interested onlooker - the new SAR coach was trawling for talent outside the pool of players provided by the Hong Kong Hockey Association - Shaheen turned on the style with characteristic individual flair to post their fifth win for the season. Nair, probably the oldest player in the Premier League (his teammates revealed he had already celebrated his 50th birthday), provided the finishing touches to a comfortable victory by completing a lovely piece of stick play from Asif Ali who beat a couple of defenders before finding Nair unmarked inside the circle and with only Valley goalkeeper Hilton Munro to beat. If Nair provided the final flourish, the broad strokes that filled out Shaheen's illuminating canvas came from striker Asghar Ali, who scored a brace, and man-of-the-match Alfonso Cordeiro who was a constant thorn in Valley's side in both attack and in defence. Undoubtedly Knapp already has both Asghar Ali and Cordeiro in his national set-up. Yesterday, they underlined their status as leading cogs in Hong Kong's campaign for glory at this summer's East Asian Games in Macau. 'I have got a pool of players given to me by the association and at this point I'm happy to accept it as their knowledge is better than mine. 'But I will be watching every Premier League game in the next few days as I want to look at the players in a game situation and identify those who are not in the squad,' said Knapp beforehand. All four Ali brothers - the other two being Arif and Shaheen skipper Akbar - will have caught his eye with their sterling work which constantly kept Valley on the back-foot throughout. 'It was an easy win in the end. Valley is a very physical side but they did not have the finishing touch. We, on the other hand, have the finishing touch and it was quite an easy win. I'm not even sweating,' said Shaheen skipper Akbar Ali. Shaheen's victory - taking their tally to five wins and two draws from eight games - puts them in a good position to book one of the top three berths that ensures a place in the season-ending Super League with the mainland's champion outfit Guangdong. Valley, who have only won twice from eight matches, are all but out of the reckoning. 'I feel we still have a chance if we win all our remaining matches. It was very disappointing today. We had our strongest side out but we let ourselves down badly,' said Valley captain James Parsons. Valley got off to the worst start possible when they let in an early goal in the very first minute of play. Cordeiro was quick to pounce on a defensive error to scoop the ball over Munro and draw first blood with Valley hardly having settled down. Asghar Ali came close to adding a second minutes later but his shot soared over the bar and Munro denied Shaheen soon after when he slapped away a shot off a short corner. Valley's best chance in the first half came when Olly Love had an opportunity to equalise but hit his shot just wide. Shaheen went 2-0 up when Asghar Ali netted his first goal, latching on to a long pass from Nawab Din and hammering it home first time. Charles Feddersen lifted Valley's hopes just before half-time when he scrambled home a shot in a goal-mouth melee to reduce the deficit. Feddersen had another golden opportunity just after the break to level scores, but missed and it proved costly in the end as Shaheen stepped up a gear. Good lead-up work by Cordeiro led to Asghar Ali scoring his second goal before Nair completed the rout with his final heroics.