Geylang International FC

Eagles soar above Jaguars to record memorable win


Bedok stadium was up in roars as Geylang International FC went up against the third team in the league, Tanjong Pagar United FC. Everyone expected another walk in the park for the Jaguars due to their imperious form but the Eagles were prepared to spoil the party.

The game started with the Jaguars being highly aggressive from the get go. It was only three minutes into the game when number 10, Kamel Ramdani from Tanjong Pagar scored the first goal of the game after some defence splitting play.

Instead of capitulating to the pressure, the Eagles finally found their feet in the game and began to stamp their authority in the match. Jozef Kaplan topped off his commanding display with a stunning left footed volley that beat the Jaguars keeper for pace to equalise the match at 1-1.
The Eagles did not relent on their pressure and began to stretch the Jaguar’s defence. Half time was At the 45th minute, Yasir Hanapi, launched a curling free kick into the box that somehow missed all the defenders and strikers, ending up in the bottom right hand corner of the Jaguar’s goal. As half time was called, the Eagles found themselves up 2-1.

The second half proved to be a display of what the Eagles have been sorely missing the entire season as their defensive prowess was on display coupled with lightning sharp counter attacks and tactical build up play. Jozef Kaplan was guilty of missing two chances for the Eagles as they could have taken a 4-1 lead if he had converted.

As the final whistle blew and the referee called time on the game disappointment was apparent in the Jaguar’s camp as they knew three points were wasted in their bid to close the gap on league leaders, Tampines Rovers. With Albirex Niigata scoring a vital win over Balestier Khalsa, it also meant that the Jaguars were displaced from their lofty second position and drop to third having played two more games than Tampines Rovers. The Eagles finally find themselves out of the final two places with eleven points, level with Warriors FC and Harimau Muda.

When asked on how Mr Kanan Vendhamuthu, head coach for Geylang International FC felt the game went, he answered, “My young boys performed excellent. They worked 90 minutes and it’s a good result for them. Though we were one goal down, they were very spirited and came back fighting.”

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