Eastern set their stall out on the opening weekend of the Hong Kong Premier League season with a 5-0 win over new boys Resources Capital at Mong Kok Stadium, as over 4,000 fans attended the weekend matches. The season’s curtain-raiser saw the promoted side race out of the blocks to create the first chances of the game but they could not beat Hong Kong international keeper Yapp Hung-fai in the Eastern goal. Instead, it was last season’s double cup winners and Hong Kong Premier League runners-up who took the lead after half an hour. Sandro won and scored a spot kick to open the scoring. Eastern were soon a player down after going a goal up, with Chen Hao-wei shown a straight red for standing on a prone opponent after a tackle. The disadvantage did not prove costly as Eastern doubled their lead with the interval approaching when Lucas put home a Wong Wai free kick. It was more of the same after the break as Lucas scored another penalty, Everton Camargo headed in a rebound from a Chung Wai-keung effort and Sandro rounded off the rout with his second to put Eastern top of the league. Will Eastern unseat Kitchee as Hong Kong Premier League champions? Southern faced TSW Pegasus in Saturday’s other game and the Aberdeeners made the trip north to Yuen Long for their start to the new season. It could not have gone any better for Zesh Rehman’s side who ran out 4-0 winners, thanks to goals from James Ha and a Stefan Pereira hat-trick. Pegasus started the brighter before Southern took control in the second half with three goals in eight minutes before Pereira completed his treble and the scoring on the 71st minute for four goals inside 16 minutes. Sunday’s two games began with Rangers hosting Happy Valley at Hammer Hill Road in another game that saw chances from the outset as the youngest team in the league took on the oldest. Rangers had the best of them in the opening 20 minutes and were unlucky not to see their strikers get on the end of Lam Ka-wai’s crosses. Instead, it was Happy Valley who took the lead thanks to the high press of Yuen Sai-kit, who poked the ball away from dawdling defender Fernando Alcantara and kept a cool head to stroke home. Don't lose focus on him. pic.twitter.com/tFMzlLUUqB — Happy Valley FC (@HVFCHKG) November 22, 2020 The lead lasted less than 10 minutes as a game of pinball broke out in the Happy Valley area before Junior Soares fired home to level the scores. The finger-pointing in the inquest seemed to pin the blame on Robert “Jaguar” Odu and he immediately tried to make up for it with a number of efforts on goal. It was Jaguar who made the breakthrough, despite Rangers impressing from the restart and having the ball in the net before it was whistled offside. The young Nigerian kept up his Sapling Cup form on his HKPL debut by slamming home on 60 minutes before posing for the cameras in celebration. Rangers picked it up again through danger man Lam, keeping Valley custodian To Chun-kiu busy. It paid off with a fine strike from Yiu Ho-ming to beat To from the edge of the area after more sustained pressure. There were big chances at both ends to win it, but the fiercely contested affair finished honours even. That brought the final game of the weekend and Kitchee facing Lee Man at Mong Kok. The pressure was on both teams to match Eastern at the top of the table and 1,775 fans were there for the show. It ended with the teams sharing four goals and the points. Resources Capital vow to develop young players even if it means relegation Matthew Orr kept up the pace he set in the Sapling Cup with another goal for Kitchee, following pressure from Cleiton, before Lee Man levelled almost immediately from the spot. Serhii Shapoval saw his initial effort saved by Wang Zhenpeng but made no mistake on the rebound. Kitchee themselves rebounded to take the lead again before half-time. Skipper Li Ngai-ho slammed home from a Cleiton dead ball. Looks like it's gonna be a while before fans can watch their teams in action this close again.... #Kitchee 2 - 2 Lee Man #LeeManFC #理文 #hkpl #港超聯 #hkfootball #本地波 pic.twitter.com/YWUKXUJEPl — LMFTV (@LMFTV1) November 23, 2020 Their lead only lasted five minutes after the restart, Jonathan Acosta the scorer of a fine goal. That was how it ended. Kitchee welcome Happy Valley next weekend, while Eastern take on Lee Man on a super Sunday. Before that, Southern welcome Rangers to a refurbished Aberdeen Sports Ground for the weekend opener, while Resources Capital and Pegasus hope to put their first game behind them.