EAGLES HOLD PROTECTORS AT BAY
By Eagles Admin on 5 March 2015
3 March 2015
Written By: Kenneth Ho
Geylang International restricted title contenders Home United to a solitary point after coming back from a goal down to earn a 1-1 draw at Bedok Stadium.
The Protectors seemed good value for the win after Ken Ilsø had given them a first-half lead but Geylang captain Jozef Kaplan came to his side’s rescue with a strike in the 46th minute.
Credit has to be given to the Eagles for forcing the match into a draw, but Home could have claimed all three points had they been more clinical in front of goal.
Long shots peppered the early stages of the game, with both sides eager to grab the lead.
Kamel Ramdani and Azhar Sairudin tried their luck from distance but were unsuccessful, and it was the same for Inui Tatsuro and Bruno Castanheira at the other end.
That said, Home finally made one count in the 23rd minute, when Ilsø thumped in a thunderous strike from 20 yards out to give his side the lead.
The Eagles could have equalised in the 33rd minute when Inui managed to weave his way into the box, but his shot was bravely blocked by Home’s defender Noh Rahman.
Several set-piece deliveries by Inui also threatened the Protectors, and one in particular found Kento Fukuda in the six-yard box, only for Shahril Jantan to make a save from the defender’s diving header.
When the game restarted in the second-half, Geylang levelled matters through Kaplan almost immediately
From Bruno Castanheira’s flick-on, the Geylang skipper took two touches to set himself up for a shot before scooping it past Shahril.
Despite that setback, Home did not drop their heads down and proceeded to enjoy the bulk of chances that followed.
Ramdani struck the post with a bending free-kick in the 53rd minute, while Geylang goalkeeper Yazid Yasin denied Ilsø from close range before the Danish striker drilled another effort wide.
Meanwhile, Inui was still a menace with his free-kicks. The Japanese found his compatriot Fukuda at the far post in the 63rd minute, but the defender’s header was meek and easy for Shahril to gather.
The visitors could have claimed the three points at the death when Yazid was left stranded following a challenge on Nur Hizami, but Ilsø could only put the loose ball wide despite an unguarded goal.