Eagles Struggle With ‘Monday Blues’ Defeat To Protectors
By Kevin Prasad on 20 July 2016
Geylang International suffered a 5-0 thumping from Home United in ‘The New Paper League Cup 2016’ Group B fixture, on Monday evening at Bedok Stadium.
Ken Ilso and Shamil Sharif opened the floodgates as they both struck twice, before young debutant, Yeo Hai Ngee added the gloss to the score line, with virtually the last kick of the game.
Silverware seekers, Geylang International will now have their work cut out for them as they have to secure maximum points against Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League leaders Albirex Niigata (S) FC in their final group game, to have any chance of progressing to the Cup Semi-Finals.
The game was initially a tight affair, until Home United broke the deadlock and they cruised to victory whilst running riot in the Eagles’ Nest.
Geylang went all guns blazing since the kick-off, as both Mark Hartmann and Yuki Ichikawa had a glorious chance each within 10 minutes, to open the scoring. However, Home’s custodian Hyrulnizam Juma’at was alert to parry away both their efforts.
Two minutes later, Shamil came really close to give the Protectors the lead after making a fine run to meet Ilso’s low cross. However, his curling effort slammed against the post and went out of play.
Soon later, Home had to thank Hyrulnizam once again, as he executed two marvellous saves to deny Shawal Anuar’s close range attempts, twice in quick succession.
In the 21st minute, the Eagles’ defensive fortress collapsed, as Shamil finally got his name on the score sheet. Geylang’s glovesman, Hairul Syirhan denied Song Uiyong’s point-blank shot, but Yuki took his time to clear the effort. That hesitation by the Japanese defender, was enough for Shamil to dispossess the ball from him and slot it into the bottom corner of the net.
The Protectors then doubled their lead a minute before the first-half expired, as Ilso amazingly latched onto Shamil’s cross and hammered home an outstanding volley despite being at full-stretched inside box.
After the break, Home continued their ‘blitzkrieg’ by adding another goal in the 61st minute, through their Danish striker, Ilso. The juggernaut forward was released by Ambroise Begue’s defence splitting pass, and the former calmly glided the ball under the flailing Hairul, to double his goal tally of the night.
Barely minutes later, Home extended their lead with Shamil recording his second of the night, with much similarity to his first. This time round, the victim was Shariff Samat as, Shamil robbed him off the ball and dispatch a pile driver past the outstretched dive of Hairul.
In the 68th minute, Hartmann almost netted a consolation goal and could have reduced the deficits for the hosts. However, Hyrulnizam’s quick reflex save denied the colossal striker’s header from five yards out.
The Eagles’ misery was further compounded when Nor Azli Yusoff was given his marching orders after receiving his second yellow of the game for a reckless challenge.
Despite being a man down, Geylang still fought valiantly to deny any goals being conceded. Shamil was rejected his hat-trick twice by Hairul’s goalkeeping heroics in the 88th and 90th minute, but nevertheless, Home still got their elusive fifth goal right at the death, as substitute, Yeo blistering run gave him the space, to pick his spot with a rocket past the assiduous Hairul.
Speaking after the game, Hasrin Jailani, whom was upset with the result, “Nothing much I want to say, we were second-best in all departments today and it was one of those days that we lost by a bigger margin.”
The 40-year-old also added, “It won’t be easy against Albirex in the next game. The players need to show character and after a big defeat, it is not easy, but we need to show character to put up a better performance.”
Full Time : Geylang International FC 0 – 5 (Shamil Sharif 21’ & 65’, Ken Ilso 44’ & 61’, Yeo Hai Ngee 90’) Home United FC
EAGLES’ Editor Man Of The Match: Carlos Delgado
Geylang International FC: Hairul Syirhan (GK), Al-Qaasimy Rahman, Yuki Ichikawa, Shariff Samat, Nor Azli Yusoff, Isa Halim (C), Carlos Delgado (Anders Aplin 72′), Shawal Anuar, Stanely Ng (Taufiq Ghani 46′), Umar Akhbar (Indra Sahdan 65′), Mark Hartmann
*Photos Courtesy of S.League