Eagles end their season with draw
By Deepanraj Ganesan on 26 October 2014
Spoils were shared at the Jalan Besar Stadium as Geylang International played out a 1-1 draw with the Courts Young Lions. The result meant that the Eagles have played eleven matches at the Jalan Besar this season and only lost one match in regular time.
The Courts Young Lions had a rather formidable line up at the Jalan Besar Stadium, featuring a squad of eight players who have been in and around the national team set-up over the last few months. In Shafiq Ghani, Shakir Hamzah, Sahil Suhaimi and Faris Ramli, they had four players who have more or less cemented their statuses in the Singapore side set to be picked for the upcoming AFF Suzuki Cup.
In match contested majorly in midfield, the likes of Franco Chivilo, Fabian Kwok and Shah Hirul outshone the men in red. In particular, Franco Chivilo produced what was perhaps his best performance of the season, hassling and harrying the Courts Young Lions’s central midfielders while repeatedly prodding brilliant balls for wingers Mustaqim Manzur and Hafiz Nor.
With a slow start to the match from both teams, the feeling was that it was set to be a long night for both teams but all that talk was to put to bed when a scorcher from Leonel Felice ignited the match at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
Lining up his free kick from 20 yards out, Leonel Felice smashed the ball into the net past a hapless Rudy Khairullah. The goal was reminiscent of the goal that the Argentinian smashed in at the Shah Alam Stadium for the Singapore Selection side, just a few weeks back.
Chances were at a premium for the Young Lions as they match finished 1-0 at half time.
The second half saw the home side go at the Eagles in search of the equaliser but found a stumbling block in the form of Kento Fukuda and Yuki Ichikawa who put in a real shift at the back.
But even the Japanese duo could do nothing about a Iqbal Hussain strike. The tricky midfielder unleashed a strike from outside the box which flew past Siddiq Durimi.
The Eagles should have found a second goal but Leonel Felice and Kento Fukuda should have done better when presented with glit-edged chances in front of goal.
1-1 it ended and both sides would reflect on their match and the season with a feeling of having much to be desired.