Geylang International FC

Eagles Desperate To Halt Protectors’ Unbeaten Run

10418987_920241647995458_8505345934678374099_nCellar-dwellers Geylang International will host Home United at the Jalan Besar Stadium, on Friday evening, as the Eagles look to get away from the bottom of the table.

The Bedok-based club, have manage to clinch 17 points in 22 games and are currently stuck to the root of the table, due to their unfortunate, struggling form in the second-half of the season.

However with ‘Lady Luck’ shining on Bedok, Geylang are now only two points away from, ninth spot, Hougang United and a win for the Eagles will see them overtake the latter. However, this will be no easy task, especially since their opponents are the current most consistent team in the league, Home United.

After the Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League resumed its second-half in July, the Protectors have been unbeaten in all of their 10 games.

The hosts are easily the more dangerous team with the abundance of attacking talents they have at their disposal, especially with the effervescent Kamel Ramdani pulling the strings in midfield and providing the ammunition to the forwards.

This point was exemplified In their last match when the Protectors swept aside title contenders, Balestier Khlasa in a well-deserved 2-0 win, with Sufianto Salleh and Ken Ilso getting their names on the score-sheet. In the event that neither are able to pop up with the goals, there will be the services of Yasir Hanapi, Ambroise Beague, Masrezwan Masturi or Sirina Camara to call upon.

The Protectors will be depending on their chief striker and fan-favourite, Ken Ilso, to bag the goals against the Eagles. The Danish striker’s height, pace, power and intelligence, will definitely allow him to gain a few steps ahead of his marker. His aerial presence will also be an asset during set-pieces and the colossal striker would be looking to add more goals to his current tally of 10 against Geylang.

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On the other hand, Geylang suffered their third consecutive defeat at the hands of Albirex Niigata (S), despite a spirited performance.

The Eagles were on course to end their winless streak with the game seemingly headed for a draw. However, in the last quarter of the game, an own goal by Syed Thaha and Yusuke Mukai’s first goal of the season, crushed Geylang’s hopes of returning home with a point.

For the Eagles, this clash against Home will be a vital one. Their early season’ struggles and unfortunate marginal defeats, due to injuries and players’ unavailability, have placed the club in an all-time low, last place. On paper, the task against the Protectors, may seem to be an audacious one, but Geylang should never be written as their players’ hunger and desire could cause a surprising upset. The men in green and white have indeed put up gritty performances and also have spring a few surprises against the odds, throughout the season.

The partnership of Kento Fukuda and Hafiz Osman has steadied the ship with their brave tackling and aerial prowess which brings confidence to the team.

Further up the pitch, the Eagles’ skipper, Jozef Kaplan has been in good l form as well. He is currently joint-fifth in the S.League goal scoring charts with 10 goals so far and Geylang will count on him for the goods as the Slovakian forward hopes to deliver, when it matters the most.

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Hafiz Nor and Shawal Anuar will no doubt, be the key men for the Eagles as the speedy wingers have been consistent performers for Geylang. They both have great vision, deadly speed, rapid runs into boxes, as well as the ability to score, and not forgetting a bag of tricks that usually makes the duo a ‘livewire’ at games.

In this season’s previous encounters, both teams shared the spoils at Bedok Stadium, with a 1-1 draw in the season-opener, before Geylang narrowly edged Home, to a 1-0 victory at Jalan Besar Stadium in May.

If the Eagles, want to have something to show for their efforts this season, winning in front of their fans, is simply the main objective. Hence, it is imperative that they collect all three points, so that they can return to winning ways and also be the first team to halt Home United’s unbeaten run when they lock horns on Friday evening.

With that said, this game should see some goals, as both sides will pry open the opponents’ back-line and score the goals required to get a favourable and positive result.

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