Eastern lifted the Choi Fung Hong Senior Shield for the seventh time in their history with a battling 3-1 win over fancied rivals Kitchee at Hong Kong Stadium yesterday. Manager Peter Leung Shou-chi was grinning from ear to ear after his charges scored one of the most unlikely victories of the season. It was the teams' first meeting in the Shield final since the Blues beat Kitchee in 1956. Eastern had two-goal hero Rodrigo Andreis Galvao and Fabio Alcantara to thank as the club won their first Shield since the 1993-94 season. But this one was far sweeter as the club only returned to the First Division this season by virtue of a Hong Kong FA special resolution. 'We really shouldn't have been in the final. We can consider ourselves lucky to be in the final against Kitchee,' said Leung, who also managed Eastern to their last Shield triumph. Eastern scrambled into the final after defeating Happy Valley 1-0 with just nine men and the club showed the same grit and determination to lift the season's first silverware. 'We were relaxed and not afraid of losing. I just wanted to see my players enjoy themselves and provide some entertainment for spectators. I really didn't expect we would win,' said Leung. Alcantara put Eastern ahead after 13 minutes when he rose above the Kitchee defence to head home a superb goal after finding Galvao's left-wing cross. But Kitchee caught Eastern napping when Lo Kwan-yee slid home from close range to score the equaliser in the 27th minute. Kitchee goalkeeper Wang Zhenpeng then committed a terrible blunder that led to Eastern's second goal in the 73rd minute. He failed to collect the ball after Eastern's Wong Yiu-fu threaded a terrific long ball for the onrushing Galvao, who snatched the ball away from the goalkeeper before tapping into an empty net. Wang was at fault again in the dying minute of the match after flinging himself forward trying to find the equaliser. When the ball was punched away by Eastern goalkeeper Luciano Da Silva, Galvao raced away and beat the goalkeeper to the ball yet again, tapping home to put the result beyond doubt. While the final whistle sparked off massive celebrations for Eastern, a tearful Wang had to be consoled by Kitchee manager Ken Ng Kin. Kitchee won the Shield two years ago, but had no answer to Eastern, who are the third most successful club in the competition's history - after South China and now-defunct Seiko - since the trophy began in 1945.