Wofoo Tai Po face an uphill battle after trailing 3-2 in the opening leg of the annual Interport Club Championship against Shanghai East Asia at Mong Kok Stadium yesterday. Despite playing with 10 men in the second half, and being reduced to nine in stoppage time, East Asia were in full control of the match. They play the return leg at home on Saturday. 'We played with a lot of disadvantages in the first leg - the ground, the weather, the crowd support, but still returned with a victory,' said East Asia midfielder Wu Lei. 'I think we are the better side and if we can perform to our normal standard at home, which I am pretty confident of, we can lift the title for the second year in a row.' East Asia coach Jiang Bingyao said they could have played better had it not been for the two sending-offs. 'We lost one man in the closing stages of the first half which put us in a very difficult position when the match restarted,' he said. 'The home side worked very hard to get back to the table in the second period before another red card against us in the dying minutes. 'Although we return home with a slight advantage, we won't take things for granted but go for another victory in front of the Shanghai fans.' East Asia, who outclassed Hong Kong side Citizen 5-3 on aggregate at last year's tournament, looked set to repeat the success when they took an early lead through Wu. The attacking midfielder had a simple task when he was unmarked in the middle and scored into an open goal. East Asia added to the tally with Lu Wenjun's goal midway through the first half before Li Chun-yip pulled one back for Tai Po before half-time. East Asia extended their lead to 3-1 with Sun Kai's goal 10 minutes after the break before Tai Po captain Ye Jia closed the gap in stoppage time. 'We were outpaced in the early stages and committed two silly mistakes in defence,' Ye said. 'We have learned the lesson and will need to deliver our best if we want revert the result.'