Eastern coach Cristiano Cordeiro has urged his players to keep up the good fight as the club turned their attention back on the Premier League after snatching the Canbo Senior Shield in a thrilling final at Hong Kong Stadium on Saturday. The two-time former Hong Kong Footballer of the Year said his club's latest silverware success after defeating rivals Kitchee 3-2, was the perfect springboard to go headlong into the league challenge, beginning with another encounter with Kitchee, who they meet at Mong Kok Stadium on Saturday. Eastern picked up their first silverware of the season - beating Kitchee for the second straight time in a trophy final after last May's FA Cup success - in front of the highest attendance so far this season - 6,133. I haven't scored too many goals this season for Eastern, but these are two important goals Miroslav Saric "Our league game against Kitchee will be different, but victory today will definitely give us extra motivation," said Cordeiro. "But I also want to warn my players that soccer is so dynamic that if you stay complacent, you will get punished." Eastern had to thank attacking midfielder Miroslav Saric, a replacement for suspended Michel Lugo, after he scored a brace, with Dylan Macallister netting the other for the ambitious club. After Saric found the net first, Kitchee marksman Juan Belencoso equalised, but Kitchee stepped up another gear in the second half with Macallister and Saric hitting their targets before Jorge Tarres scored deep into stoppage time when it was all too late. Saric, who was voted man of the match, attributed some of the club's success to their loyal fans. "I am very proud of the club and the fact that so many fans came out today to support us," said the Croatian. "I haven't scored too many goals this season for Eastern, but these are two important goals. "I always like to play against Kitchee because it gives me extra drive as they are the best club in Hong Kong." Eastern captain Leung Chi-wing paid tribute to the team after the club lifted their ninth Senior Shield, the oldest tournament in Hong Kong, first played in 1896. The club are top of the league standings on goal difference from Sun Pegasus. "It was not easy to score three goals against Kitchee, but we made it today with the excellent team spirit we displayed," said the 36-year-old veteran. Kitchee blamed the referee for two serious blunders they said cost them victory. Eastern centre half Jean Kilama was lucky not to be sent off after being booked for hauling down Kitchee forward Jorge Tarres in the first half. And in stoppage time, Eastern goalkeeper Yapp Hung-fai escaped punishment after he brought down Paulo Carreiro. "Those two poor decisions by the referee robbed us of a chance of winning," lamented Kitchee director of football Chu Chi-kwong.