10-Man Geylang Extend Unbeaten Streak Against DPMM
By Kevin Prasad on 21 February 2016
Geylang International FC continue to impress and excel as the Eagles, extended their unbeaten streak to two games in the 2016 Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League.
The ‘GreenWhite Army’ shared the spoils with defending champions, Brunei DPMM following a 1-1 draw at Bedok Stadium on Saturday evening.
The Eagles went down to ten men after Amy Recha picked up a second booking, with over 20 minutes remaining. However, super substitute Sahil Suhaimi opened the scoring soon later and sent the 2000 over crowd in ecstasy, before Rafael Ramazotti silenced it with an instant equalizer, the next minute.
Geylang’s Head Coach, Hasrin Jailani started with a refreshing 3-1-3-3 formation which certainly sent many scratching their heads. However, with experienced Shariff Samat leading the backline and Croatian forward Branko Cubrilo spearheading the attack, the Eagles dominated the early exchanges.
The Eagles almost got off to a perfect start when Branko instinctively pounced on a loose ball which ricocheted from the post, and slammed the rebound into the back of the net inside six minutes. However, the strike was unfortunately ruled out by the linesman’s flag.
DPMM slowly started to settle into the game and had a great chance to take the lead in the 11th minute. A Brian McLean’s quick free-kick allowed Maududi Himli to burst down the flank and deliver a cross into the box. Nevertheless, Azwan Ali ballooned his shot into stands, despite being only five yards away from goal.
A few minutes later, Geylang’s Branko, Gabriel Quak and Carlos each had shot inside the box, but it was duly blocked by a sea of DPMM defenders, respectively
The visitors would come close again in the 30th minute, but Syazwan Buhari’s heroics in between the posts, saved Geylang’s blushes. The budding custodian, splendidly saved Azwan Salleh’s piledriver, before picking himself up to throw his bod on the line once again, to deny Ramazotti’s tap-in.
Just before the half-time whistle, DPMM’s Azwan picked up a delicious cross, but failed to hit the target, as his volley sailed over the crossbar, despite being unmarked.
After the break, renewed with confidence and boosted by the home fans’ boisterous support, Gabriel then had a great opportunity to put the Eagles ahead. However, his stinging shot was parried away to safety by the Wasps’ custodian, Wardun Yusoff.
Soon later, Sahil Suhaimi checked in for Gabriel and instantly set up Geylang’s ‘Iron Man’ Al-Qaasimy with a deft pass. The Eagles’ full-back then sprinted into the box and fired towards the goal, but the shot fizzed into the side-netting, instead.
The hosts’ hopes of clinching a goal took a huge dent, when Amy Recha was sent off, for an early shower after receiving a second yellow card for a late challenge against Helmi Zembin
Despite going down to ten-man, Geylang then marched on and broke the deadlock through Sahil’s moment of brilliance in the 76th minute. A quick free-throw by Branko squeezed past the DPMM defence before Sahil lobbed the flailing Wardun, despite being at an acute angle.
However, the Eagles’ celebrations were cut short as DPMM found the equalizer immediately after the restart.
With the numerical advantage, the Wasps’ Maududi Hilmi raced down the flank and sent in a cross towards the unmarked colossal Brazilian, Ramazotti, whom slotted home from six yards out.
Geylang then pushed forward in the dying stages of the game, for a possible winner and were nearly rewarded with a last-gasp winner through Sahil. The nippy forward, launched a rocket free-kick attempt, which was destined towards the top left-corner, until Wardun pulled off a stunning diving save to deny the three points for the Eagles.
Speaking after the game, Geylang International’s Head Coach Hasrin Jailani, was filled with mixed emotions about his charges, “I think we should have been smarter defensively. To concede a goal right after we have scored, we were not smart defensively. Maintaining our concentration and focus defensively was the most important thing after scoring a goal,” said Hasrin.
The 40-year-old also added, “For me, we didn’t lose three points. I had a game plan where we came here today to attack from the very start. It is always a learning experience for me and the players, in each game.”
Geylang International FC will now look forward to their next game against Garena Young Lions at the Jalan Besar Stadium on 25th Febraury 2016!
Full Time : Geylang International FC (Sahil Suhaimi 76’) 1 – 1 Brunei DPMM FC (Rafael Ramazotti 77’)
EAGLES’ Editor Man Of The Match: Yuki Ichikawa
Geylang International FC: Syazwan Buhari (GK), Yuki Ichikawa, Shariff Samat, Gabriel Quak (Sahil Suhaimi 61’), Daniel Bennett, Faritz Hameed, Stanely Ng (Safirul Sulaiman 73’), Branko Cubrilo , Amy Recha, Al-Qaasimy Rahman, Carlos Delgado (Indra Sahdan 83’)
*Photos Courtesy of S.League