Xiangxue Sun Hei gave themselves an early Christmas present when they beat Citizen 2-1 in their Choi Fung Hong Senior Challenge Shield opener at Mong Kok Stadium yesterday. Sun Hei, the FA Cup champions of last season, earned a semi-final meeting with either defending Shield champions Kitchee or Hong Kong Football Club, who clash today. Fladimir Freitas opened the scoring for Sun Hei in the 67th minute, before Hong Kong defender Ezeh Colly made it 2-0 minutes later after sweeping home from close range. Citizen's Baise Festus headed into an empty net in the last minute, but Sun Hei held on to reach the next round, to be played on January 14. Meanwhile, Lanwa Redbull also reached the semi-finals of the season's first silverware contest courtesy of a 1-0 victory over WoFoo Tai Po.