Geylang International FC

Eagles Crash Out Of RHB Singapore Cup

11882343_1128311893849971_933773697531399278_oDespite a valiant effort till the final whistle of Extra-Time, in the RHB Singapore Cup Quarter-Finals Second Leg, Geylang International were eliminated from the RHB Singapore Cup after a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Global FC at the Bedok Stadium.

Mark Hartmann’s hat-trick and Paulo Salenga’s brace, erased the first-leg’s one-goal advantage and Bruno Castanheira’ brilliant volley, to conclude the aggregate score at 4-2, which paved the route for the People’s Club to face either Albirex Niigata (S) or Balestier Khalsa, in the Semi-Finals.

Global drew first blood and open the scoring through their ace striker, Mark Hartmann in the 19th minute. Hartmann picked up a loose ball and hammered home a 20-yard cracker past Yazid Yazin, to level the aggregate at 1-1, in a largely uneventful first half.

After the break, Hartmann nearly doubled his side’s lead in the 70th minute. However, Yazid Yazin’s quick reflexes allowed the Geylang’s custodian to make splendid fingertip save to parry the effort away for a corner-kick.

Sensing that the next goal would be vital as it would take the lead in aggregate, both coaches introduced offensive minded changes and it was two substitutes that made the mark for their respective teams.

Geylang’s substitute, Castanheira chased down Nor Azli’s long ball and held off two Global defenders, before calmly slotting his volley attempt beyond Patrick Deyto’s reach, to not only equalize, but  also, lead 2-1 in the aggregate.

However, Geylang’s delight only lasted a few minutes, as Global’s ‘super sub’, Salenga capitalized on a defensive error to brilliantly lob over Yazid in the 81st minute, to make it 2-1 and also levelled the overall score at 2-2 on aggregate.

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The Philippines outfit almost scored another goal in quick succession as they attempted to snatch a last-gasp winner during regulation time. However, a header and a shot from Salenga and Matthew Hartmann, amazingly slammed against the post in the 82nd minute.

With both sides tied at 2-2 on aggregate after 90 minutes, the tie went into extra-time, where Mark Hartmann stole the show and enabled Global to take the lead for the first time in the two-legged affair.

Despite, Geylang’s Khairulnizam Jumahat was down, injured on the pitch, the referee did not stop play and allowed Global to execute their corner-kick. Mark Hartmann, then picked up a pass and unleashed a belter past Yazid, from the edge of the box to make it 3-1 in the game, and 3-2 on aggregate, in the 102nd minute.

Geylang’s Head Coach, Jorg Steinebrunner was also sent to the stands, seconds later, for his boisterous protests on the controversial incident, that his player was down during the build-up to Global’s goal.

Nevertheless, the game resumed, and the Eagles pushed players forward in a search of an equalizer. However, despite the number of shots, challenges and crosses thrown at Patrick Deyto, the Global custodian remained unfazed by the situation and calmly made comfortable saves to keep the People’s Club in the lead.

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Despite Geylang’s numerous attempts on goal, the Eagles’ back-line were left exposed and Mark Hartmann duly punished the hosts in the 120th minute, as he completed his hat-trick with 40 yard screamer into an empty net, after Yazid missed his interception, in the middle of the park.

Jorg Steinebrunner, was disappointed after the game and shared, “The first two goals, were our mistakes, as simple as that. At 2-1, it could have gone either way and I’m fine losing by 2-1, or if the third goal went in via a free-kick. But with my players down on the field, and the game carries on. No one will take that as a defeat”. Steinebrunner admitted.

Over 1,500 fans whom gathered at the Bedok Stadium, were rewarded with a fine spectacle of five goals, but for the Eagles’ fans, the result was bitter pill to swallow and now Geylang have only the S.League to turn to and Steinebrunner’s charges will be eager to bounce back with a victory against Courts Young Lions, this Thursday.

A.E.T Full Time : Geylang International FC (Bruno Castanheira 71’) 1 – 4 (Mark Hartmann 19’, 102’ & 120’, Paulo Salenga 81′) Global FC

Aggregate Score : Geylang International FC 2 – 4 Global FC

EAGLES’ Editor Man Of The Match: Shawal Anuar

Geylang International FC: Yazid Yasin (GK), Khairulnizam Jumahat (Shafeeq Faruk 104′), Hafiz Osman, Kento Fukuda, Anaz Hadee, Nor Azli Yusoff, Shah Hirul (Mustaqim Manzur 71′), Hafiz Nor, Tatsuro Inui (Bruno Castanheira 54′), Shawal Anuar, Jozef Kaplan (C)

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