Eagles Sent Tumbling By Fiery Protectors
By Kevin Prasad on 30 April 2017
Geylang International suffered their third defeat in the Great Eastern – Hyundai’s S.League as they fell 3-0 to Home United at Jalan Besar Stadium on Friday evening.
Song Ui Yong struck an early opener before late penalties from Stipe Plazibat and Khairul Nizam sealed all three points for the Protectors, whilst the Eagles remain at fifth spot with 10 points.
Geylang named a similar starting line-up from their last game, only with Faritz Hameed returning from injury, as the Eagles started the game with real intent.
The first chance came three minutes in when Ricardo Sendra went through on goal and looked set to convert, but the Argentinian midfielder was denied in a one-on-one opportunity with Home goalkeeper Hassan Sunny.
A minute later, Shahfiq Ghani almost got his name on the score sheet when he unleashed a stunning free-kick, but the effort curled just over the crossbar.
At the other end five minutes later, Plazibat’s bullet drew a flying save from Syazwan Buhari and in the next attack, Christopher Van Huizen failed to get a decisive touch after sliding to connect with Sirina Camara’s low cross.
Nevertheless, the deadlock was broken 35 minutes, as Song drilled a low shot beyond the flailing Syazwan, after Plazibat had intelligently flicked the ball into the Korean’s path.
Geylang did almost net the equalizer immediately after the restart, when Victor Coto picked out Stanely Ng in the box with a peach of a cross, but the latter was denied at point-blank range by Hassan.
With a goal down and urgently seeking a goal, to claw back in the game, Geylang’s Head Coach, Hasrin Jailani opted for an offensive approach and brought in Shawal Anuar for Al-Qaasimy Rahman in the dying seconds of the first-half.
After the restart, the substitute Shawal lasted only for nine minutes as he was stretchered off the pitch, due to a clash of heads with Harris Harun.
The nippy attacker was then replaced by Gabriel Quak, while Amy Recha came on for Shahfiq as Geylang went all guns blazing in search of the elusive equaliser.
However, the nearest Geylang got was on 66 minutes, when Fartiz connected well with Gabriel’s corner with a fine volley. Then again, Hassan was determined to keep a clean sheet, as he pulled off a remarkable reflex save.
With the ‘greenwhitearmy’ pushing bodies forward, Home always threatened to extend their lead with ‘blitzkrieg’ counter-attacks.
In the 80th minute, the Protectors was awarded a penalty, after Yuki Ichikawa was allegedly penalized for a ‘hand-ball’ offence inside the box. Plazibat successfully converted the spot-kick, to double Home’s lead to a 2-0 score line.
Home sealed the deal and the victory with another goal from the penalty-spot deep into injury time, after Stanely brought down Amiruldin Asraf inside the box and was dismissed with a second yellow card. Substitute Khairul Nizam stepped up and confidently fired a rocket into the back of the net, to make it 3-0 and made the Eagles succumb to a painful defeat.
Speaking after the game, Hasrin explained his thoughts of the game. “For me, the score line does not reflect the game at all. Home didn’t create much in the first half; we lost concentration once and they scored one goal. The second half was the same story and I don’t want to give any reason,” said Hasrin.
The 40-year-old also added, “The second goal killed everything, but I’m still very proud of my players’ performance and they gave 100 percent. It is not done and dusted as we still got a tough test against the White Swans in two weeks.”
Geylang International FC will now face league leaders, Albirex Niigata (S) FC in their next fixture, at the Jalan Besar Stadium on 11th May 2017!
Full Time: Home United FC (Song Ui-Yong 35’, Stipe Plazibat [Pen] 80’, Khairul Nizam [Pen] 90’) 3 – 0 Geylang International FC
EAGLES’ Editor Man Of The Match: Isa Halim
Geylang International FC: Syazwan Buhari (GK), Faritz Hameed, Yuki Ichikawa, Anders Aplin, Al-Qaasimy Rahman (Shawal Anuar 45’, Gabriel Quak 53’), Ricardo Sendra, Isa Halim (C), Safirul Sulaiman, Stanely Ng, Victor Coto, Shahfiq Ghani (Amy Recha 60’)
*Photos Courtesy of S.League