Geylang International FC

Eagles Eyeing Progression in RHB Singapore Cup

11894656_1126636637350830_176249687244194160_oGeylang International will hold onto a slender one-goal advantage, when they host the RHB Singapore Cup Quarter-Final return tie against Global FC, at the Bedok Stadium, on Sunday evening.

Global’s 14-game unbeaten run in all competitions, was brought to a screeching halt at the Jalan Besar Stadium, when the People’s Club went down 1-0 in the first leg, to the Eagles, whom themselves, ended their own five-game winless streak.

The Eagles’ Head Coach, Jorg Steinebrunner, was extremely delighted with Jozef Kaplan’s last-gasp winner in the first-leg and was full of praise for the Slovakian winger.

“Jozef has that exceptional ability to put the ball into the net from that position. He has great technique to hit the target and has demonstrated it many times, over the years,” Steinebrunner added.

Despite having one foot in the Semi-Finals, the German tactician reiterated that Geylang needed to tighten things up at the back and also stressed on adopting a offensive approach, when they meet the Philippines’ outfit.

“We have to play simple and clean football from the back and also avoid giving away the ball too much in our defensive third. Overall, we (Geylang) are not just going to sit back and park the bus, but instead we will play our style of football to attempt another win, at the Eagles’ Nest,“ explained Steinebrunner.

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On the other hand, for the Filipinos, the equation is simple; keep a clean sheet and score two goals, to advance to the coveted Semi-Finals stage.

Despite having only three days to adjust mindsets and prepare for the second leg, Global FC’s Head Coach, Leigh Manson is still confident of overturning the deficit, against the Eagles.

“We will definitely pick ourselves up, sharpen on our finishing and search for the two goals. The (Global) players do not feel that the tie’s over and that the feat is certainly very achievable.” claimed Manson.

“It is only half-time and we’ve got another game to play. I’m very positive that we’ll not miss the chances that we missed in the first-leg,” he added assertively.

It was exhilarating end-to-end stuff in the first leg and both sets of fans can expect an even more exciting clash at the Bedok Stadium and any mistakes made by either side then could prove to be costly.

With the match being held on a Sunday, there will be no doubt, be an overwhelming support from the Philippines community here in Singapore; whilst the Geylang fans will be cheering on the Eagles’ for their quest, to the next stage in their RHB Singapore Cup 2015 journey.

Both sides are free of suspension troubles for this game, although Geylang will continue to miss out on the services of injured defenders Yuki Ichikawa and Syed Thaha, the Japanese hotshot striker, Bruno Castanheira could be in the starting line-up, after making cameo appearances in the last two games.

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