Geylang International FC

Eagles soar past Young Tigers with emphatic win

Geylang International FC 2-0 Harimau Muda B

As the hazy conditions which saw Starhub League Cup matches postponed over the past week in Singapore improved drastically, the Great Eastern Yeo’s S-League 2013 resumed with the Eagles playing host to Harimau Muda B from across the border in a match that would see the hosts repeat their feat over their counterparts once again.

In a match that promised so much, it started off somewhat in tame fashion as both teams were hesitant to push too far forward for fear of being on the receiving end of punishing counter-attacks. Like a game of chess, both teams strategically tested each other’s defense with long balls and attacking play from the flanks.

It was the visitors however who carved out the better chances in a placid first half with pot shots on goal but none were worthy of mention as they missed their target and failed to trouble Eagle’s custodian, Joey Sim.

As the first half ended in a stalemate, both coaches were quick to put the paces through their teams as the second half exploded into life, seemingly belonging to another match altogether.

Almost immediately, the hosts were galvanised and substitute Shotaro Ihata provided the missing link between the defense and offense by holding up the ball brilliantly and puling defenders off Jozef Kaplan, who began exploiting the space to good use.

It was the link-up play between Wahyudi Wahid, Jozef Kaplan and Ihata, backed by the excellent wing running by Andrew Tan that stretched the Young Tigers’ defense across the pitch and gave rise to the first opportunity of the match.

Snatching the ball from the defender, Ihata played a brilliant through ball to Wahid who was brutally hacked down in the box. As the referee waved play on, Jozef Kaplan was first to react and slid the ball past the hapless Ramdhan Hamid for the first goal of the match. As the players celebrated with their fans, it was clear that the momentum was well with the host side.

With the momentum on their side, the Eagles were now in the ascendency as they tore apart the hapless Young Tigers defense and it was only desperate and last minute tackles that prevented the score line from being slightly more embarrassing.

The lack of discipline was obvious from the Young Tigers side as Nur Aref Bin Kamaruddin cynically hacked down Joey Sim after the latter had collected the ball cleanly out of the air and we duly rewarded with a yellow card.

Andrew Tan once again came close to setting up the second goal down the left wing as he danced past three defenders only to see his low stinging cross come off the chest of Ramdhan Hamid as their attack was once again foiled.

There was however, no denying the quality of the Eagle’s second goal as once again, Tan drove towards the defense and his attempted pass was neatly collected by Fabian Kwok, who took a touch on his chest and with utmost composure, rocketed his volley into the bottom right hand corner of Hamid’s goal just outside of the six yard box in the 90th minute.

The Eagles knew that all three points were sealed and their elation was clear on everyone’s faces as the referee blew for full time.

“I thought the boys thoroughly deserved the win even though we didn’t play well in the first half. The second half we were so much better and this is what the team is truly capable of” remarked delighted Kannan, Head Coach of Geylang International Football Club.

With this win, the Eagles now find themselves on 18 points and 9th position in the league and will find it all to play for as they take on Hougang United who slumped to a disappointing loss to Woodlands Wellington FC.

Final Score: Geylang International FC 2-0 Harimau Muda B

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