Geylang International FC

Eagles Looking For Third Win On Trot


12074731_1154910011190159_6875365848833441897_nGeylang International FC are looking to make it three wins on the bounce when they travel to Jalan Besar Stadium, to face Courts Young Lions on Friday night. With identical blockbuster comeback victories, against Home United and current leaders, Brunei DPMM, the Eagles are all charged up to face a gutsy Young Lions’ side to record their first ever third consecutive win this season.

Currently, both teams are in similar situations in the bottom-half of the table, as Geylang are currently sitting in ninth spot, with 23 points. The Eagles have one game in hand and are only three points away from the Young Lions, whom are in eight place with 26 points from 25 games.

Geylang have been working hard this season, but a turn of unfortunate results led them to be the cellar-dwellers for quite some time, until they broke the spell last week after clinching two back-to-back wins. The men in green and white hope that they can finish the season on a high night and climb higher up the table, to overtake the Singapore development squad, with the Bedok-based club’s third win in a row.

Nevertheless, the Eagles and Young Lions share the spoils as both teams outplayed each other on the last two occasions. Geylang had to succumb to a 3-1 defeat, as Jozef Kaplan’s early goal was cancelled out by the assiduous visitors with a comeback victory in August, whilst Bruno Castanheira’s hat-trick sealed 3-2 a comeback victory for Geylang, in October

With that in mind, Jorg Steinebrunner and his charges would be cautious, so as to not repeat the anti-climax and also attempt to gain redemption of some sort by exacting revenge on the Singapore developmental side.

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With that said, Geylang also cannot take the threat of Young Lions lightly, as Juergen Raab’s introduction has spurred his charges to clinch 22 points in 18 games, including splendid victories against powerhouses, Tampines Rovers, Albirex Niigata (S) and Warriors.

There is no doubting that their top scorer Jordan Webb, will be the key man in attack, the Canadian having bagged his sixth goal of the season with the winner against Albirex. His goals and efforts in games, truly showcased his aerial capabilities, in addition to his sublime ability with the ball at his feet.

Nippy winger, Sherif El Masri labelled as Singapore’s very own Juan Cuadrado by some, will also be a pesky presence while Afiq Noor and M. Anumanthan will drive the Young Lions on, from central midfield.

Their defence will be helmed by the reliable Sheikh Abdul Hadi, who is a solid wall in the centre as well as a goal threat at set-pieces. He will be in front of goalkeeper Syazwan Buhari, who has earned recognition for his stellar displays this season.

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On the other hand, the Geylang’s ‘Samba Boy’, Bruno Castanheira is the Eagles’ in-form man, having struck a stupendous volley to net the winner against the Bruneians and also sealing the victory against Home United with an intelligent tap-in. His skill and poise on the ball makes the former J3.League, Machida Zelvia man, a menace and the Young Lions will have to keep him on a tight leash.

The impressive showings from Hafiz Nor and Shawal Anuar certainly can tarnish any backline in the S.League, if given the space and time. Both wingers, would be looking to add goals to their names before the season concludes and also aid the Eagles’ forwards with pin-point crosses and intelligent one-twos,

Tampines will be depending on Yuki Ichikawa to boss the midfield while Kento Fukuda and Hafiz Osman orchestrates the defence. The Young Lions will need to find a way to get past Ichikawa and the rest of the Eagles defence if they intend to find the back of the net.
Geylang will be keen to make up for a disappointing campaign by winning this fixture. However, the Young Lions will no pushovers with their tails up, and this should be an exciting clash to round off the week.

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