Rain saved the day for Sun Hei as a thunderstorm forced a postponement of their match against New Radiant in the AFC Cup at Mongkok Stadium last night. Sun Hei needed a win to stay top of the table in group E but found themselves trailing 1-0 to the team from the Maldives at the end of the first half before heavy rain and thunder stopped play. The game will be replayed today at 3.30pm. New Radiant went ahead in the 26th minute through midfielder Ali Umar, whose shot took a deflection and wrong-footed goalkeeper Chan Ka-ki. The FA Cup holders had a chance to equalise two minutes later when Chu Siu-kei was brought down inside the box, but Chu hit the penalty straight at goalkeeper Mohammed Silan. As the rain began to pour down and the thunder followed, the players found themselves floundering on a waterlogged pitch that did not bode well for expansive football. Korean referee Lee Gi-young was relieved to blow the whistle at the end of the half before ushering the players under cover at just about the same time as the Observatory issued a red rainstorm warning. Meanwhile, Happy Valley continued their miserable Asian campaign in group F with a 1-1 draw against Hurriyah in the Maldives. Li Chun-yip was on target for Happy Valley early in the match, but Hurriyah equalised before half-time. Neither side has a chance of progressing to the knockout stages.