Clinical Eagles soared over 10-man Rams
By Eagles Admin on 22 August 2014
Jalan Besar Stadium has proven to be a happy hunting ground for the Geylang International Eagles this season. Save for the last game against the Balestier Khalsa Tigers, they have gotten positive results in every other game at the neutral venue. Tonight proves to be the case again. Coming off a three weeks break and eager to bounce back from their loss to the Tigers, the Eagles came out of the dressing room with a point to make and duly won the game 2-0 against the Woodlands Wellington Rams.
It was a tightly contested contest especially in the opening quarter of the game. The Eagles’ threat came mainly from the flanks where lively birthday boy Hafiz Nor tormented the Rams backline with his pace and trickery. Chances were limited though as both teams cancelled each other out.
Then in the twenty-eighth minute, skipper Ridhuan Muhammad picked up the ball on the right wing and embarked on a surging run, skipping past the sliding challenge of Andy Ahmad before picking out Aliff Shafaein, who had made a late run into the box, for a simple finish.
The Woodlands Wellington Rams tried to respond but the Eagles’ defence held firm, limiting the Woodlands forwards to long range efforts, which hardly troubled Joey Sim in the Eagles’ goal. The Rams were clearly frustrated and it showed in a couple of challenges, one of which resulted in a yellow card for Milos Jevtic. The score stayed at 1-0 till the half-time whistle.
The second half began in the same way with Woodlands pushing forward and Geylang happy to sit back and absorb the pressure. The Rams were then dealt a blow in the fifty-forth minute. Milos Jevtic, who was yellow carded in the first half, was sent off for a second bookable offence after a late challenge on Franco Chivilo. Jevtic can have no complains about it as he should really have been off much earlier for a late lunge on Ridhuan.
With the one man advantage, Geylang began to dominate possession and the wingers began to found plenty of space to run at the Woodlands’ defence. Ridhuan in particular was finding plenty of joy down the right hand side. A cross-shot from him nearly caught out Ahmadulhaq Che Omar in the Woodlands goal, who did well to palm it over for a corner.
The Geylang fans could sense a goal coming and the team duly delivered in the seventy-eighth minute. Franco Chivilo released Ridhuan with a sumptuous through ball and the latter made no mistake, calmly slotting the ball past the Woodlands’ custodian. 2-0 to the Eagles and one would feel that the three points were more or less secured.
The same combination of Franco-Ridhuan nearly resulted in a third for the Eagles a few minutes later but this time round, Ridhuan could only shoot straight at Ahmadulhaq. Leonel Felice should really have made it 3-0 in the eighty-forth minute after Mustaqim Manzur laid it on a plate for him but Leonel tried to be a bit too over-elaborate by trying to round the keeper and Ahmadulhaq managed to get a hand to it and gathered the ball.
The Eagles continued to press in the latter stages and really should have added on to the score line if not for some wayward finishing and poor decision making in the final third. The final whistle sounded and the Eagles will be glad to restart the league with a clean sheet and three points.
Final Score: Woodlands Wellington 0-2 Geylang International 2 (Aliff Shafaein 28’, Ridhuan Muhammad 78’)
Geylang International: Joey Sim; Ridhuan Muhammad ©, Yuki Ichikawa, Kento Fukuda, Joaquin Lopez; Hafiz Nor (87’ Hyder Ismail), Fabian Kwok, Franco Chivilo (84’ Shah Hirul), Aliff Shafaein (84’ Fuad Ramli), Mustaqim Manzur; Leonel Felice