Eagles Cruise Past Young Lions To Achieve Second Win
By Andrew Ang on 16 April 2017
Geylang International FC clinched their second victory of the Great Eastern-Hyundai S.League campaign after handing Garena Young Lions a 2-0 defeat at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Saturday night.
The Eagles deservedly beat Young Lions, thanks to two brillirant second-half goals. Stanely Ng opened the scoring shortly after the hour’s mark, before, Shawal Anuar sealed the deal ten minutes later.
However, the game could have ended up with five or six more goals, if not for Young Lions’ custodian, Zharfan Rohaizad, who kept the score line respectable with a couple of fantastic saves.
The match got off to a bright start as both sides were unlucky not to score within the opening 10 minutes after kick-off.
Young Lions’ Jordan Chan latched onto Muhaimin Suhaimi’s free-kick, with a powerful header in the 8th minute, but the effort glanced over the woodwork. Two minutes later, Geylang’s target-man, Victor Coto spotted Zharfan off his line and unleashed a 50-yard ‘goal-bound’ rocket. However, the Young Lions’ goalkeeper back-peddled in time to parry the ball to safety.
After which, the visitors eventually took control of proceedings and dominated possession, but struggled to put the ball into the back of the net and seize a possible lead.
In the 15th minute, Coto picked out Ricardo Sendra in the box, with a peach of a cross. The latter rose high and connected well with a stupendous header, but Zharfan produced a fabulous save to tip it over the bar.
Anders Aplin almost tore the net in the 19th minute, with a blistering volley from the edge of the box, but it sailed inches wide of the Young Lions’ goal. Next up, Sendra whom was magnificent that night, almost clinched his first goal of the season in the 25th minute. The Argentine playmaker, dazzled his way past a ‘sea of red’, only to see his toe-poke being denied by Zharfan’s fingertips.
With the score being a goalless stalemate and the first-half approaching its end, efforts started to rain from outside the Young Lions’ box. Nevertheless, pile-drivers and missiles from Shahfiq Ghani, Safirul Sulaiman and Coto, were either narrowly wide or comfortably ended up in Zharfan’s arms.
After the break, Geylang tweaked their formation and adopted up an offensive stance, for the remaining 45 minutes of the game. Just four minutes later, Amirul Adli needlessly conceded possession to Shahfiq, and the latter sent Stanely through on goal. However, Stanely’s shot was blocked by Zharfan’s outstretched leg.
Nevertheless, there was nothing Zharfan could do in the 64th minute, when Stanely pounced onto a rebound and tapped home from close range, after the former had parried Sendra’s bullet into his path.
With the floodgates opened, Geylang threw on Shawal Anuar and Amy Recha for the remaining minutes to compound the misery of the Young Lions. True enough, Shawal repaid the coach’s confidence in him as he doubled the Eagles’ lead with an intelligent finish in the 75th minute.
Substitute Shawal latched onto teammate Safirul Sulaiman’s visionary pass, rounded Zharfan and calmly evaded a defender’s sliding tackle, before firing into an empty net.
The final whistle was blown a while later and it gave Geylang three vital points which escalated the Eagles to fifth spot, with seven points from five matches.
Speaking after the game, Geylang International’s Head Coach Hasrin Jailani, was delighted with his charges bouncing back, “At the end of the day, the three points is the most important after a heavy defeat. It’s not easy for the players; you can see from their body language.”
The former Singapore international also added with caution, “We still have a lot of areas for improvement. The balls played in behind our defence gave us a lot of problems and we need to get back to the basics of defending. That’s our priority, especially with Brunei DPMM’s towering strikers.”
Geylang International FC will now look forward to their next game against (Brunei) DPMM FC at the Eagles’ Nest on 20th April 2017!
Full Time : Garena Young Lions 0 – 2 Geylang International FC [Stanely Ng’ 64, Shawal Anuar 75’]
EAGLES’ Editor Man Of The Match: Ricardo Sendra
Geylang International FC: Syazwan (GK), Faritz Hameed, Anders Aplin, Yuki Ichikawa, Al-Qaasimy Rahman, Stanely Ng (Gabriel Quak 87’), Isa Halim (C) (Shawal Anuar 61’), Ricardo Sendra, Shahfiq Ghani (Amy Recha 69’), Safirul Sulaiman, Victor Coto
*Photos Courtesy of S.League