Eagles Face Tricky Protectors’ Mission
By Eagles Admin on 11 September 2015
Geylang International FC will host Home United FC in their first match of September, as they come out of a 16-day break. The Eagles will be looking to return to winning ways and also aim to halt Home United’s unbeaten run when they lock horns at Jalan Besar Stadium (JBS), on Monday evening.
After the Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League resumed its second-half in July, Home have been unbeaten in all six games. In their last match, the Protectors swept aside Courts Young Lions in a well-deserved 2-0 win, with Azhar Sairudin and Ambroise Beague getting their names on the score-sheet.
Kamel Ramdani will no doubt, be the key man for the Protectors as the French-born Algerian attacker, has been a consistent performer for the Bishan-based club. He has great vision, as well as the ability to score, not forgetting a bag of tricks that usually makes him a ‘livewire’ at games.
The Protectors will be depending on their chief striker, 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. Despite scoring only five goals in the league, the colossal forward certainly gives all sorts of problems to all his opponents’ backline on any given day.
Home’s young French starlet, Beague has also been in stunning form as he has been actively taking on players at will and also executing mind-blowing passes, in the past few games. Blessed with pace, trickery and a good delivery, he will be another player that Geylang has to keep an eye on.
Geylang meanwhile, responded to their six-game losing streak by earning a hard-earned 1-1 draw with Warriors FC, at Choa Chu Kang Stadium, in their last match slightly over a week ago.
The Warriors were on course to return to winning ways when Hafiz Rahim put his side into the lead with a second-half strike, but the Eagles’ captain, Jozef Kaplan, scored in final minute of the regulation time, to share the spoils and bring back a sole point back to Bedok.
For the Eagles, the clash will be a vital one. Their early season’ struggles and unfortunate marginal defeats, due to injuries and players’ unavailability, have rooted them at the bottom of the S.League table.
With three points against the Protectors, the men in green and white will be able to leapfrog over the Courts Young Lions, into ninth spot in the table. On paper, the task may seem to be an audacious one, but Geylang should never be written as their players’ hunger and desire could cause an surprising upset.
Jozef Kaplan, whom netted his 10th league goal will be gunning for more, against the Protectors. The Slovakian forward, will be spearheading the Geylang’s offense, alongside Bruno Castanheira, whom will also look to add more to his current nine goal-tally in all competitions.
Geylang’s defence will be boosted by the return of Kento Fukuda and Syed Thaha, as the back-line guardians will return to action at the JBS after recuperating from their respective knee injuries. Unfortunately, the Eagles’ will still be without, Yuki Ichikawa and Anaz Hadee, as the former still nurses an injury whilst, the latter serves his two-game suspension.
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.
The Eagles currently sit on tenth place, with 13 points out of 17 games, whilst Home United are currently placed in sixth place, with 23 points generated from 18 games.
The Geylang squad are aware that there are only 10 more games till the end of the season. The Eagles want to edge closer to their season’s aspiration, of finishing in the top-half of the table, but Geylang, have to not only start scoring, but also eliminate needless or careless defensive errors under pressurizing situations.
With that said, both teams do have the firepower, so it may ultimately come down to which defence holds up its end of the bargain, for the respective side to walk away with a positive result and the precious three points.