Eagles prevail over the Rams at Jalan Besar
By Deepanraj Ganesan on 4 October 2014
Geylang International snapped their two match winless streak at the Jalan Besar Stadium with a 2-1 win against Woodlands Wellington FC.
A midfield trio of Fabian Kwok, Franco Chivilo and Shah Hirul were all on song as they enjoyed a stellar outing in the middle of Geylang’s midfield.
In a ground where they have dominated in most of their matches this season, the Eagles started in lively fashion, drawing early saves from Woodlands’ Yazid Yasin.
Kento Fukuda, who had been in the penalty area after a corner was cleared, took an aim at goal from a loose ball, only for it to be saved well by the man in goal. From the resulting corner, Mustaqim Manzur’s well-timed corner, found Kento but once again, the Japanese defender was foiled by Yazid who produced an outstanding save to turn the ball away from goal.
With the immense pressure that the Eagles were piling on the Woodlands goal, it was only a matter of minutes before Geylang made a breakthrough and it duly arrived just after 10 minutes.
Fabian Kwok played a sublime pass to release Hafiz Nor into the box. The winger’s shot was tipped onto the crossbar by Yazid Yasin but in typical fashion, Leonel Felice knocked the rebound into the net for his 12th goal of the season to give the Eagles a well-deserved lead.
Not sitting back, the Ealges surged further forward with Mustaqim Manzur and Hafiz Nor looking menacing on the wings. Ridhuan Muhammad and Joaquin Lopez, full-backs on the night were also providing the Eagles with extra threat down the touchlines.
It was the overlapping Joaquin Lopez who was pivotal in the Eagles’ second goal. The Argentinian whipped the ball in from the left flank. Woodlands defender Milos Jevtic made a meal out of the clearance and the ball landed on Fabian Kwok’s path. The midfielder tucked the ball into the netto extend the Eagles’ lead.
The second half started brightly for the Eagles again as a delightful ball saw Kento Fukuda race through on goal. The Japanese defender had only the goalkeeper to beat but decided to square the ball for striker Leonel Felice to tap the ball into an empty net. But before celebrations could begin, the linesman raised his flag to signal an offside.
A flurry of substitutions from Salim Moin saw Woodlands produce a better performance in the second half as they pressed harder for a goal. The Rams were rewarded soon as a brilliant delivery from former Geylang International player Stefan Milokevic allowed substitute Fadhil Noh to sneak in at the back post for a free header and reduce the deficit.
The Rams pressed hard for an equaliser but a defence, well marshalled by the ever reliable Kento Fukuda held on to see the Eagles claim all three points.