Geylang International FC

Eagles Falter Against Rampant White Swans

11146237_940899349263021_972929327539779735_nGeylang International faltered to their third defeat in 10 days, after Albirex Niigata (S) pipped the Eagles 2-0, at the Bedok Stadium on 02 August 2015.

The victory made the White Swans move to top spot in the Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League standings with 25 points, despite having played two more games than the other teams.

Goals by Fumiya Kogure and Atsushi Kawata in each half, ensured that the White Swans clinched three points against the persistent Eagles whom predominantly had a better game as compared to their ‘Eastern Derby’ on Friday night.

Things were looking bright for the Eagles, as the first chance of the game fell to Geylang in less than a minute after kick-off. Jozef Kaplan was sent through on goal by Tatsuro Inui’s quick free-kick. However, the Slovakian forward was unable to muster his shot on target from a tight angle, as his effort slammed against the side-netting.

Rion Taki, whom scored the solitary goal in Albirex’s win against Geylang, at Jurong East Stadium in March, came close to scoring a goal in the 6th minute.

The energetic forward, Taki skipped past a defender and unleashed a blistering shot from just outside the box, but his effort missed the goal, agonisingly wide.

After some persistent attempts, Albirex opened the scoring in the 16th minute, through Fumiya Kogure’s free-kick. The White Swans’ midfielder, lined up his free-kick attempt before curling the effort past the flailing Yazid Yazin, into the bottom corner, to record another trademark finish by the Japanese sharpshooter.

Geylang were not disheartened, but instead the men in green and white, were keen to score an equaliser, before half-time.

The Eagles’ Hafiz Nor came really close in scoring a stunning equalizer for the hosts, 15 minutes later. However, the hopeful belter from a distance, was terrifically saved by Albirex’s custodian, Yosuke Nazawa.

Just before the break, Geylang had a wonderful chance to pull level through their towering defender, Kento Fukuda, from a corner-kick attempt. Despite it being the last attack of the first-half,  Albirex’s Atsushi Kawata was alert and kept out that wonderful header from Fukuda, with a timely goal-line clearance.

After the break, Geylang emerged from the tunnel, rejuvenated and determined to put the ball in the back of the net. However, the White Swans capitalised on an defensive error and converted it into a goal, which extended their lead to 2-0, in the 50th minute.

Goalscorer turned provider, as Kogure’s inch-perfect cross found Atsushi Kawata, whom calmly stroked a simple finish from close range, to put the ball past Yazid, once again.

The Eagles maintained their organisation at the back, while pressing hard upfront on Albirex’s defence for the rest of the game.

Geylang, wasted three wonderful opportunities to pull a goal back, as they attempted to salvage some pride in front of their home fans.

Geylang’s Tatsuro Inui released Shawal Anuar with a delicious through ball into the box, in the 56th minute. However, the young starlet’s first touch, was a tad too heavy and Albirex’s Yosuke averts the danger with a fine diving save, to gather the ball comfortably in his arms.

In the 68th minute, Hafiz Nor had another chance to redeem himself, but the nippy winger ballooned his shot way above the goal, after pouncing on Nazawa’s error in the box.

Lastly, Geylang’s Kento Fukuda skipped past two defenders’ challenges in the box, and fires a low pile-driver towards goal, in the 72nd minute. Then again, Yosuke made a splendid save with his legs, to keep his clean sheet intact.

Despite Geylang applying incessant pressure, time soon expired with Albirex bagging the three vital points to propel them up the S.League table. However, the match ended on a slightly sour note for the White Swans, as substitute, Kento Nagasaki was shown the red card and given the marching orders, for an elbow against Syed Thaha in the dying seconds of ‘additional’ time.

Jorg Steinebrunner, was delighted with the performance of his charges but laments that costly errors has led to the lost, despite dominating the game with multiple chances. “I believed we played better than the Tampines game and we had the chances. However, what let us down once again, was the early goal due to our excessive contribution in giving free-kicks away,” said the German tactician.

Jorg also added, “We will be working on the unnecessary giving away of fouls and conceding unwarranted goals, against Brunei DPMM in a few days time.”

Geylang International FC will now look forward to next Wednesday’s fixture against Brunei DPMM FC at Bandar Seri Begawan. With the same character and commitment, the Eagles might be able to clinch three vital points to propel them out of the bottom-half of the table.

Full Time : Geylang International FC 0 – 2 (Fumiya Kogure 16’, Atsushi Kawata 50’) Albirex Niigata (Singapore) FC

EAGLES’ Editor Man Of The Match: Kento Fukuda

Geylang International FC: Yazid Yazin (GK), Anaz Hadee, Yuki Ichikawa, Kento Fukuda, Syed Thaha, Nor Azli Yusoff, Khairulnizam Jumahat (Mustaqim Manzur 73′), Hafiz Nor, Jozef Kaplan (C), Tatsuro Inui (Shafeeq Faruk 81′), Shawal Anuar

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