Eagles And Stags Eager For Victory In Eastern Derby
By Eagles Admin on 1 April 2015
Both traditional eastern powerhouses, Geylang International and Tampines Rovers will be on a quest for victory as they face off at the Jalan Besar Stadium on 3 April 2015.
Despite the fact that the Stags have moved to Jurong West, the match is still traditionally called the, ‘Eastern Derby’ as both teams will battle for the braggin rights, ‘Pride of the East’, in the evening of Good Friday, next week.
In last season’s encounters, Tampines cruised to a 3-0 victory at Clementi Stadium in March, before falling to a surprise 1-0 defeat to Geylang at the Jalan Besar Stadium in June.
This time round, the current S. League leader’s Tampines Rovers would be looking for their fourth league win when they entertain a winless Geylang International side.
Tampines coach, V. Sundramoorthy and his men have enjoyed a good run of form, having clinched three wins out of four games and are currently sitting top of the table.
Tampines will be coming into this game brimming with confidence, not just because of their recent 2-0 triumph against the Cheetahs, but also because of their latest superstar signing, Rodrigo Tosi. The ex-Brunei DPMM striker, Tosi, who is also the 2014 Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League top scorer, will be replacing Fabrice Noel for the remainder of the Stags’ 2015 season.
Stags’ V.Sundramoorthy is confident that the signing of the 32-year-old will be a great boost for the club and he believes that having Tosi in the team will definitely be an instant solution for Tampines’ goal scoring woes.
“He (Tosi), will be a great inclusion to the team. We need his presence upfront; we have lacked someone who can hold up the play and score goals,” said Sundram.
Tampines will be also depending on their captain, Mustafic Fahrudin to command and dominate the midfield while Firdaus Idros orchestrates the attacks alongside ex-Geylang International skipper, Ridhuan Muhamad.
On the other hand, Geylang enter this highly-anticipated game with only two points earned out of three games. Having suffered a painful defeat to Balestier, alongside two draws with Home and Hougang, the Eagles really need a win to propel them up the table.
Eagles’ captain, Jozef Kaplan who has scored the only two goals for the Eagles in the 2015 campaign said, “We are looking forward to the Eastern Derby and it will be a very tough game. However, we will not give up despite our previous results and will go all out to fight for a good result next week.”
Tatsuro Inui who has been instrumental these past few games, unfortunately, has not recorded his name on the score sheet yet. Nevertheless, with Inui pulling the strings behind the Eagles’ attacking trio of Jozef Kaplan, Hafiz Nor and Bruno Castanheira, goals will definitely be scored, sooner or later according to Geylang International coach, Jorg Steinbrunner.
Adding on, Eagles’ midfield dynamo, Nor Azli has returned to training after his recovery from a pulled hamstring and might feature in next week’s vital clash.
The Slovakian forward, Kaplan, also added that he is aware of Tosi’s threat but believes in his team-mates’ abilities. “Tosi is a quality and complete attacking player who can hold up and finish the ball very well. However, we (Geylang) too have quality defenders. Tampines is not just about Tosi as they have other quality players as well. We will do our very best to acquire a decent result.”