Kitchee survived a bout of late nerves to beat Sun Pegasus 2-1 in a BOCG Life Premier League clash yesterday and tighten their grip on their bid for a second successive championship title. The narrow, but important victory at Mong Kok Stadium kept the defending champions on top of the table with 26 points, one ahead of Eastern, who beat Wofoo Tai Po 1-0 in an earlier match through an early goal by Giovane da Silva. A penalty kick in the first half from Jorge Tarres put Kitchee ahead before Matthew Lam added to the tally 10 minutes after the break, the midfielder heading home his first goal of the season. These three points are very important. We defended well and the boys did a good job Kitchee's Jose Molina Pegasus, who needed a result to keep their title hopes alive, closed the gap with Admir Rascic picking up his 10th goal of the season through a header from Petrisor Voinea’s cross. Niko Tokic almost found the equaliser for Pegasus, but his weak shot following a goal-mouth scramble was cleared off the line by Kitchee captain Lo Kwan-yee. Pegasus fought desperately to find an equaliser, but Kitchee, who have five matches left, hung on to ward off some late challenges. “These three points are very important,” said coach Jose Molina. “We defended well and the boys did a good job. We still have some difficult away matches left, but we are ready for the challenge.” Molina’s side leave today for India, where they will meet East Bengal in Calcutta on Tuesday in the AFC Cup, but Molina was not worried by the hectic schedule. “We knew from the beginning of the season that we have a busy season with battles on two fronts and we do have sufficient players to cope,” he said. Pegasus coach Chan Chi-hong admitted their titles hopes were almost gone. They are now third in the table with 22 points, but have played one more match than the two leading sides. “The boys have showed improvement today, but our finishing is still far from ideal,” he said. “We created chances, but could not find the equaliser while they were able to capitalise on their chances when they came. That makes the difference,” he said.