Eagles Left Heartbroken After Young Lions Defeat
By Eagles Admin on 21 August 2015
Geylang International FC failed to hold on to a one-goal lead, as they succumbed to a rejuvenated, Courts Young Lions comeback, to fall to their sixth consecutive S.League defeat.
Despite taking the early lead in the game, the Eagles were not able to put a stop to the Young Lions’ stunning performance, as the visitors turned the tide and cruised to a 3-1 victory at the Bedok Stadium.
Geylang’s Coach Jorg Steinebrunner’s charges, had the perfect start to the game, when they took the lead in the 3th minute, through Jozef Kaplan.
The Eagles’ Captain, Kaplan, latched onto Shawal Anuar’s pass, turned his marked swiftly and fired a low pile-driver into the bottom corner, to open the scoring for Geylang.
Five minutes later, the Young Lions grabbed the equalizer when Jordan Webb threaded a well-timed pass to Amy Recha, who calmly slotted his shot beyond the outstretched Yazid Yasin,to get back on level terms.
Geylang were not having it easy as the Eagles had several opportunities to equalize through set-pieces, but their attempts, were denied by the heroics of Syazwan Buhari, in goal for the visitors.
The Bedok-based club, had a wonderful chance to take the lead through, Shawal Anuar in the dying seconds of the first-half. However, the young starlet’s audacious effort, to catch Syazwan Buhari off his line, was timely cleared by the custodian himself, with a diving header to clear the ball, for a corner-kick.
Courts Young Lions’ Coach, Juergen Rabb’s words during the half time break must have worked its magic as the men in red and white, came out of the dressing room with a renewed sense of energy for the remaining 45 minutes.
Apart from Jozef Kaplan’s long range attempt, which missed the goal by a few inches in the 46th minute, it was all about Young Lions and their attacking gear, from then on.
Despite languishing at the bottom of the table, the Young Lions showed confidence and were constantly fighting for every ball. Their zealous determination, paid off in the 48th minute, when Jordan Webb picked up a delicious through pass and dribbled around Yazid Yazin, before stroking his shot into an empty net, to give the Singapore developmental side, a 2-1 lead.
Although the Eagles, were trying their best to eke out a result, they were undone by their own mistakes, minutes later. The three points were sealed in the closing stages when second-half substitute, Nur Na’iim Ishak, hammered home his first goal of the season after pouncing on a rebound which derived from Adam Swandi’s curling free-kick, to make it 3-1.
With two goals down, Steinebrunner introduced Bruno Castanheira to spearhead the Eagles’ offense for the last 25 minutes of the game. Just when, Geylang huffed and puffed in search of an equaliser, things then got from bad to worse for the Eagles as they were reduced to ten man, after Anaz Hadee was dismissed with a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Adam Swandi on 73 minutes.
The numerical advantage, exposed the Eagles at the back and Adam Swandi nearly extended his side’s lead, when he unleashed a spectacular left-footed effort from 25 yards out, that slammed against the woodwork, with Yazid beaten hands down.
Despite, Geylang applying incessant pressure to salvage some pride in front of their home fans, time soon expired with Courts Young Lions bagging all three points, to leapfrog past Geylang International into ninth place, with 15 points from 14 games.
Jorg Steinebrunner, was frustrated with the his charges’ performance, “It was truly a disappointing result. It was a good and bright start, but passes went astray and we were 2-1 down, five minutes after the restart.”
Steinebrunner also added, “We truly missed Yuki Ichikawa and Kento Fukuda in defence tonight, and we are still committing defensive errors, which the team, will dig deep and rectify in the next 10 days, before facing reigning S.League champions, Warriors FC.”
Geylang International FC will next travel to Choa Chu Kang Stadium on 29th August to face the Rhinos. With improved defensive tactics and hunger for goals, the Eagles might be able to clinch three vital points to get out of the condemned, bottom spot.
Full Time : Geylang International FC (Jozef Kaplan 3’) 1 – 3 (Amy Recha 8’, Jordan Webb 48’, Nur Na’iim Ishak 51’) Courts Young Lions FC
EAGLES’ Editor Man Of The Match: Shah Hirul
Geylang International FC: Yazid Yasin, Khairulnizam Jumahat, Hafiz Osman, Nor Azli Yusoff, Anaz Hadee, Shah Hirul, Mustaqim Manzur (Huzaifah Aziz 79′), Hafiz Nor, Tatsuro Inui (Bruno Castanheira 65′), Jozef Kaplan (C), Shawal Anuar (Jonathan Tan 85′)