Geylang International FC

Eagles ease past Young Lions in tense affair

Goal

As the supporters filled the Jalan Besar Stadium, there was a sense of expectancy in the air from the Courts Young Lions as they aimed to score their first points of the season against Geylang International who were facing struggles of their own.

However, it would serve as good memory for everyone as the Eagles had previously defeated high flying Tanjong Pagar United in their previous home match and were riding high on confidence after they climbed further up the league table.

Into the middle of the season, the Yeo’s Great Eastern S-League remained as tight as ever as all teams still had chance to qualify for the top five positions to enter the second round play-offs and the Courts Young Lions had yet to score their first points of the season.

The match started off on a bit of a dull note as both teams were contented to pass the ball around in defence while searching for openings. This was probably due to the fact that both teams have conceded goals more than other teams from counter-attacks or from sloppy passing.

As the match hit the 20th minute, it was the Young Lions who were finding their groove as their speedy wingers and midfielders, Anumanthan Mohan Kumar and Shamil Sharif found space only to be denied by the robust Eagle’s defence.

The first half started as it ended with neither teams posing much threat to the opposing goal. Credit had to be given to Jozef Kaplan for pressuring the Lion’s defence and also to Afiq Yunos who stood up to the Croatian’s challenges and off the ball running.

The second half began on a much brighter note as the Eagles were finding their feet that saw them defeat the mighty Jaguars at Bedok Stadium a week back.

As always, Jozef Kaplan was proving to be too much of a handful as his tireless running and commitment left wide spaces for his wingers to run down the channels.

In the 62nd minute of play, Eagle’s striker, No. 14 Wahyudi Wahid was left unmarked after the Young Lions failed to deal with a cross. To his disappointment and the crowd’s dismay, his volley from six yards out missed its target and the scores remained even.

The Eagles were on the ascendency now as the Courts Young Lions could barely threaten the visitors’ goal and their counter-attacks were often broken down by badly placed passes or strong defending from Eagle’s No. 7 Norihiro Kawakami as he broke down each attack with ease.

The expected was soon to come and in the 71st minute, Wahyudi Wahid flung himself at a well placed cross with a diving header and skillfully turned the ball past the Courts Young Lion’s custodian, Syazwan Buhari. As the Eagles celebrated, the hosts knew that it was going to be another day at the office for them.

In the remaining minutes of play, the Courts Young Lions attempted to pick up the pace but it was too little too late as the Eagles were in no mood of dropping points in this game having worked hard for their opening goal.

As the final whistle blew, the Eagles had finally spread their wings and were now climbing up the league table, away from the bottom three.

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