Eagles Overturn The Odds Against Protectors
By Eagles Admin on 31 October 2015
Geylang International came back from a goal down to earn all three points, as they halted Home United’s 10-match unbeaten streak with a 2-1 victory, at Jalan Besar Stadium on Friday night.
With that stunning win, the Eagles did not only return to winning ways, but also climbed off the bottom of the Great Eastern Yeo’s S.Leauge table after weeks of misery.
Ambroise Begue gave Home United the lead in the 41st minute, but Kento Fukuda equalised with a splendid header in the second half. Soon later, the Protectors were reduced to ten men, when Hyrulnizam Juma’at was sent off. Bruno Castanheira then wrapped up the remarkable win with a sweet strike, in the dying seconds of regulation time.
The Protectors started the first-half brightly showing their attacking prowess by dominating large periods of the game. Home United were very comfortably spraying passes around midfield and switching plays throughout the game.
The Protectors’ first chance came in the eight minute when Ken Ilso fired a free-kick towards goal. However, Yazid Yazin magnificently saved the ferocious shot on the line.
Soon later, Kamal Ramdani launched a free-kick to the back post, but Azhar Sairudin’s close rage effort was off target, despite being unmarked.
In the 24th minute, Ken Ilso threaded a beautiful pass to Begue inside the Eagles’ box. The young French forward then had a crack at goal, but once again, Yazin was up to par, with a stunning save with his legs
The opener finally came just before the break, as Home United drew first blood. Yazin did well to deny Sairudin’s shot, but Begue made a timely run to tuck away the rebound, into the net.
After the break, Home United’s fortunes started to take a turn as two chances crashed off the crossbar and one attempt was just inches wide of an open goal.
First, it was Ilso’s cheeky flick over the flailing Yazin at the edge of the box. The intelligent effort, however rolled past the goal.
Soon later, Ng struck a wonderful half-volley from 20yards and it ricochet off the cross bar, before Ilso slammed another 30-yard effort onto the woodwork once again.
Home United’s failure to extend their lead, came back to haunt them three minutes later, as the Eagles found the equaliser against the run of play.
Geylang’s Kento Fukuda turned in Inui’s corner-kick delivery with a towering header in the 62nd minute, to mark his first goal of the season.
In the 69th minute, Yazin once again proved his critics wrong with a top notch fingertip save to deny Sairudin’s free header from the six-yard box.
Home United’s custodian, Juma’at then was called into action, as he produced a fantastic stop, to parry away Inui’s stinging effort from inside the box.
Soon later, the real drama of the game unfolded as the hero turned into the villain. Juma’at was dismissed in the 84th minute after stopping Shawal Anuar dead on his tracks, with a reckless challenge outside the box.
As Home United utilized all three substitutions, Abdil Qayyim was give the gloves and the defender adopted an unorthodox goalkeeping role.
Facing a 10-man Protectors’ squad, the Eagles poured forward in numbers and applied immense pressure on Home United.
The tide of the game then swung in favour of Geylang in the 84th minute as the Eagles completed their comeback with a simple tap-in from Castanheira to grab the winner.
Geylang captain Jozef Kaplan wriggled his way free in the box on the left before squaring the ball for Castenheira, whom slotted in the simplest of goals to lift the Eagles, off the bottom of the table.
Speaking after the game, Geylang International’s Coach Jorg Steinebrunner, was delighted with the team’s performance. “First half we gave Home United too much space and time, we tried to make things tight in our own half, but we could not, “said Steinebrunner.
The German tactician also added, “The second half we were more aggressive and defensively we didn’t need to change much.”
The Eagles will now look forward to their next game against Brunei DPMM, at the Bedok Stadium on 3rd November 2015!
Full Time: Geylang International FC (Kento Fukada 62’, Bruno Castanheira 90’) 2 – 1 (Ambroise Begue 41’) Home United FC
EAGLES’ Editor Man Of The Match: Hafiz Osman
Geylang International FC: Yazid Yasin (GK), Yuki Ichikawa, Kento Fukuda, Anaz Hadee (Shawal Anuar 46′), Syed Thaha (Huzaifah Aziz 70′), Tatsuro Inui, Hafiz Nor (Shah Hirul 90′), Hafiz Osman, Jozef Kaplan (C), Bruno Castanheira, Nor Azli