Champions South China sounded an early warning that they will be hard to dislodge from their throne when they notched a comfortable 2-0 win over Citizen on the opening day of the BMA First Division yesterday. Midfielder Leung Chun-pong drew first blood for the Caroliners in the 33rd minute at Hong Kong Stadium when his 25-metre beat goalkeeper Tse Tak-him. Second-half substitute Tales Schutz sealed the victory eight minutes before the final whistle. South China are aiming for a fifth consecutive league championship and team convenor Steven Lo was pleased to see his charges make a winning start, especially as they started with local players up front. 'We will give more chances to Chinese players as we are preparing for the Asian Football Confederation Cup,' Lo said. 'We have adopted a new style with more play along the ground.' Only three expatriates are allowed for the Asian regional cup competition, which South China has targeted this season. No Hong Kong team have won it before. In another match, at Tai Po Sports Ground, the hosts were held 1-1 by promoted Hong Kong Football Club. Li Chun-yip put Tai Po ahead in the first half, while Pierre Bakalag equalised for the Happy Valley-based side five minutes into the second half. Ambitious Kitchee will take on TSW Pegasus at Yuen Long Stadium today, while Fourway Rangers face Tuen Mun at Sham Shui Po Sports Ground.