Instant-Dict consolidate

INSTANT-Dict chairman Thomas Tam believes he is three players short of a team good enough to end Eastern's domination of the Hong Kong First Division.

After seeing his side beat Rangers 4-1 at Mongkok Stadium last night to consolidate their second spot in the table behind champions Eastern, Tam said he would be trying to sign three new players in the summer.

''I think I need to change three positions to have a team strong enough to win the league next season,'' said Tam.

''But I would prefer not to say which kind of player I am looking for at this moment because we still have the FA Cup to play for this season.

''We are a commercial team and therefore we need to keep changing to be successful.

''Of the five foreign players here now I will choose three, maybe four, and I also hope to sign two more local Chinese players.'' Tam has told the five foreign players - central defender Roddy Manley, midfielders Sean Edwards and Steve Berry and strikers Graham Harvey and Ian McParland - that they will know next week if their services will be required next season.

''It will be a hard decision because I think they are all very good but only one is outstanding - Manley,'' said Tam.

After a goalless first half last night, Instant won the game with four goals inside the first 22 minutes of the second half.

Two of them were scored by McParland to take his season's tally to 18, only two behind the league's leading marksman, Dale Tempest. His first, 32 seconds into the second half, was a powerful header after a great run and cross by left-winger Lam Hing-lun.

Sean Edwards scored a neat individual goal to make it 2-0 in the 58th minute - the midfielder's first of the campaign - and Harvey's 17th of the season, turning in Manley's header from close range, extended their lead to 3-0 six minutes later.

From Berry's free-kick in the 67th minute, McParland's back-header caught out the Rangers defence for Instant's fourth of the night.

Rangers replied in the 69th minute through Dean Edwards, who capitalised on a mistake by goalkeeper Chan Sau-yin to fire in a loose ball from a left-wing corner.

Rangers (5-4-1): Jamie Picken; Poon Ka-ming, Justin Crowe, Sammy Wong Wai-tak, Tong Kin-ming, Trevor Quow; Pau Ka-yiu, Billy Bone, Yeung Kin-wah (Lau Tik-lun, 50), Danny Lai Wing-cheong; Dean Edwards.

Instant-Dict (4-4-2): Chan Sau-yin; Yeung Kin-keung, Roddy Manley, Yan Lik-kin, Ng Chun-chung (Leung Kin-bong, 82); Chan Chi-kwong (Ng Kam-hung, 66), Sean Edwards, Steve Berry, Lam Hing-lun; Ian McParland, Graham Harvey.

Man of the Match: Lam Hing-lun.