Geylang International FC

Eagles Etch Yet Another Comeback To Stun Wasps

12187736_1168463106501516_5781830175078235695_nGeylang International came from behind once again, to stun the current league leaders, Brunei DPMM with a 2-1 win at the Bedok Stadium on Tuesday evening. The Eagles are finally off the bottom spot in the 2015 Great Eastern-Yeo’s S.League and the Bedok-based club has also managed to record their second back-to-back victory of the season.

DPMM’s striker, Rafael Ramazotti fired home the opener, before Geylang turned the tide in the second-half, as Hafiz Nor clinched the equalizer whilst Bruno Castanheira snatched all three points for the men in green and white.

The Wasps were desperate to bounce back from their 1-0 defeat to Tampines Rovers last Sunday and were well on the way to do so after the opening minutes of the game.

DPMM’s stalwart, Paulo Sergio sent several free-kick over the goal and the Portuguese winger came really close in the 13th minute, when his deflected snapshot from outside the box, slammed against the crossbar.

Geylang’s custodian, Yazid Yazin was on his toes throughout the night as he was eager to keep a clean sheet against the current league leaders.

In the 19th minute, Ramazotti executed a close-range header, but the veteran goalkeeper made a magnificent save to parry away the attempt.

However, in the 28th minute, the S.League current top goalscorer, Ramazotti broke the deadlock as the Brazilian beat the offside trap and reached Maududi’s defence-splitting pass, before executing a lob over the flailing Yazid.

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Despite conceding a goal, Yazid was determined not to allow more as he stretched to deny both Hafiz Osman’s wayward clearance and DPMM’s Hendra Azam’s fierce piled river from going in, before the first-half came to a close.

After the restart, the Eagles knew that they had an uphill task to overturn their fortunes, but it was not impossible, because they completed a second-half comeback against Home United, a week ago from a similar situation

Just after 28 seconds, Geylang got their equalizer when the Eagles’ nippy winger, Hafiz Nor, raced towards goal and fired a stunning attempt into the back on the net to bring his side level

DPMM were shell-shocked and started to launch their missiles from range. However, none of Bruneians’ shots were on target.

Geylang’s determination reaped its reward in the 57th minute when Hafiz Osman’s outer foot pin point pass from range, found Bruno Castanheira, whom then exquisitely volleyed a shot past Wardun Yusoff.

That goal, gave Geylang a 2-1 advantage and it even brought the roof down at the Bedok Stadium, as the boisterous Eagles’ fans cheered on top of their voices.

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The Eagles, nearly got a third goal which would surely have sealed all three points when Shawal Anaur, pounced onto a rebound, but it was well blocked by Helmi Zambin, despite being only a few yards away from goal.

However, superhero of the day, Yazid came out tops once again, to deny substitute Azwan Saleh’s long-range free-kick, before getting down low to push Ramazotti’s effort in the dying seconds well wide of goal.

Nevertheless, Geylang held on for a crucial victory, which saw them record their second straight victory and also propel above Hougang United into ninth place.

Speaking after the game, Geylang International’s Coach Jorg Steinebrunner, was delighted with the team’s overall performance and character throughout the game. “I was a little loud in the dressing room at half-time in our last game against Home United, but I was less loud this time because I thought we played a decent first half. Unfortunately the goal came, in my opinion, it could have been offside, but then again the first half was better than the last week, so I did not need to be so loud,” said Steinebrunner.

Geylang International FC will now look forward to Friday’s fixture against Courts Young Lions FC at Jalan Besar Stadium.

Full Time: Geylang International FC (Hafiz Nor 46’, Bruno Castanheira 58’) 2 – 1 (Rafael Ramazotti 28’) Brunei DPMM FC

EAGLES’ Editor Man Of The Match: Yazid Yazin

Geylang International FC: Yazid Yasin (GK), Yuki Ichikawa, Kento Fukuda, Syed Thaha (Huzaifah Aziz 73’), Hafiz Osman, Nor Azli, Shawal Anuar, Tatsuro Inui (Shah Hirul 72’), Hafiz Nor (Sevki Sha’ban 87’), Jozef Kaplan (C), Bruno Castanheira

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