Eagles Aim To Down Confident Young Tigers
By Eagles Admin on 18 April 2015
Geylang International FC will pay a visit to Hang Jebat Stadium as they take on Harimau Muda on the 20th April 2015, in hope of returning to their winning ways and possibly ending the Young Tigers’ amazing winning streak .
The developmental side of Malaysia, Harimau Muda are on a roll right now, coming into the game with two back-to-back victories. They clinched their first three points of the season with a 1-0 victory over Courts Young Lions, a week ago.
The Young Tigers, then extended their winning streak against title contenders, Home United FC via Syafwan Syahlan’s 90th minute winner, in another 1-0 victory as well.
On the other hand, the Eagles will enter this game courageously despite losing their previous two fixtures, with similar 1-0 defeats to both Albirex Niigata (S) and Brunei DPMM FC.
However, it will be necessary to recollect that prior to the Eagles’ narrow losses, they have been always punching well above their weight with determined performances against the regional powerhouses. They even managed to secure a win over the noteworthy, Tampines Rovers FC along the way.
Geylang will face Harimau Muda for the first time this season and matches between these two sides had always been entertaining with their ‘goals galore’ reputation.
Indeed, it rained goals during last season’s encounters, when Geylang cruised to a 3-0 and 2-1 victory at Pasir Gudang Stadium, in April and October 2014 respectively. Whereas, the Young Tigers escaped with a narrow 3-2 win at Bedok Stadium in June 2014.
The Malaysian based outfit are currently seventh in the S.League table, with six points from five games, whilst, the Eagles are presently in eighth spot, with five points from six games. Both teams will be on a quest for the vital three points to climb up the standings.
Harimau Muda’s Adam Nor Azlin would be a constant threat to the Eagles defence with his skilful footwork and eye for goal. Adding on, Faizat Ghazali, the fearless support striker would be able to punish any side with his passing abilities and powerful strikes if he is not closely monitored.
However, both Kento Fukuda and Hafiz Osman, have blossomed and built up a formidable defensive partnership, which will be on high alert as they take on the Malaysians, with the help of their Geylang colleagues.
Geylang International FC Player of The Month (March 2015) Award’ winner, Jozef Kaplan will be spearheading the Eagles’ attack confidently as he looks forward to add to his personal goal tally of three goals, with playmaker Tatsuro Inui pulling the strings from behind.
Geylang will also be boosted by the return of their midfield dynamo, Nor Azli, whom returns after serving a two-game suspension.
Geylang have grown from strength to strength under their Head Coach, Jorg Steinbrunner and the club believes that the positive favourable results will come very soon after much spirited performances by the Eagles week in, week out.
Jorg Steinbrunner said, “We (Geylang) need to have a certain level of focus and concentration to avoid switching off at crucial moments to avoid painful defeats. Defensively, I believe we are as good as any other team in the league.”
The German also added his thoughts about the upcoming tricky tie with Harimau Muda, “We (Geylang) might change one or two things to our tactics to adopt an offensive approach. Adding on, if we have the same determination and tactical discipline like we displayed against DPMM, we are hopeful of bringing some points back to Singapore.”