South China will be relegated to the Second Division after managing a disappointing 1-1 draw against fellow strugglers Citizen in a First Division league match at the Mongkok Stadium yesterday. It was 23 years ago when the Caroliners suffered the same fate after finishing bottom during the 1982-83 season. But they did not go down as they were invited to stay in the First Division by the Hong Kong Football Association. 'We have to accept the fact that we are relegated,' said a dejected South China skipper Au Wai-lun, who joined the club in 1993 and had won all titles with South China over these years. 'It's now up to the club management and the FA to decide our fate. As a player, I just have to wait and see.' Braving a hot afternoon, more than 3,000 spectators, possibly the highest number so far this season and most of them supporters of the Caroliners, attended the match. But in the end, more than half of them left after watching their team fail to gain the victory that would have saved from them from the drop. Only a few hundred remained in the stadium for the second match which saw Hong Kong 08 force a 1-1 draw with Buler Rangers. Collecting their second point of the season and facing being disbanded next season, relegation bound Hong Kong 08's captain Wong Shun-him was sent to the hospital with a suspected broken leg after a fierce challenge from Wu Jun of Rangers in the 81st minute. Wu was sent off and teammate Man Pei-tak also got his marching orders after collecting his second yellow card in the 88th minute. Three players from Hong Kong 08 were also booked. Playing in their final match of the season, the Caroliners needed to take all three points to overtake Citizen in the standings, but their hopes suffered a jolt when Leung Chun-pong headed home a free-kick for Citizen in the 17th minute. That early goal left South China with a mountain to climb and they had to wait until the second half to score the equaliser. Stephane Ambassa committed a silly mistake by bringing down striker Au on the edge of the box in the 56th minute. Au made no mistake to get the equaliser from the spot. South China threw everything into the attack. Three forwards were brought in but none them was able to make any impact. Kwok Kin-pong was the only one who came close to scoring but his close-range shot went straight to the keeper with four minutes left in the match. The result rounded off a disappointing season for the Caroliners and club director Peter Leung Shou-chi said afterwards he would take responsibility and would resign at the end of the season.