Geylang International FC

Eagles Stumble To Defeat Against Stags In Eastern Derby

11705744_1118727011475126_5258033998409502221_oGeylang International suffered back-to-back defeats as the Eagles, were handed an agonizing, 2-0 defeat by Tampines Rovers FC, on 29th July 2015 at Jurong West Stadium.

Goals from the Stags’ Ismadi Mukthar and red-hot striker, Mateo Roskam in each half, proved enough to claim the three points against a valiant Geylang side, whom faded after an energetic start and only came back into the game in the last 20 minutes.

Last week, Tampines cruised to a 3-0 victory against Hougang United and the Stags maintained their confidence, as they took on their eastern rivals, Geylang. The hosts signalled their intention as early in the fourth minute when Ismadi Mukthar’s point blank range header, forced Eagles’ custodian, Yazid Yazin to make an outstanding finger-tip save.

The Eagles then had a fabulous chance to break the deadlock with a 20-yard free-kick attempt in the seventh minute. However, Tatsuro Inui’s curling execution gave no problems to Rodrigo Pacheco, whom comfortably gathered the shot with both hands.

Geylang were then duly punished in the eighth minute as Tampines’ Ismadi Mukthar opened the scoring with a blistering shot. The Stags’ utility player latched onto Mateo Roskam’s nod down header from Zulfadli Zainal’s cross and made no mistake this time round, as he smashed a thunderous volley into the back of the net.

After the opener, Tampines continued to pile on the pressure  and looked certain to double their tally before half-time. However, the Eagles had their goalkeeper, Yazid to thank as the S.League veteran kept the Eagles in the game with breathtaking saves.

In the 15th minute, Rodrigo Tosi pounced on a loose rebound from Roberto Alviz’s free-kick and fired an exceptional volley attempt towards goal. Yazid then, pulled of a brilliant diving save to parry the effort wide. In the 33rd minute, Yazid was called into action once again, as Ismail Yunos’ long throw-in found Firduas Idros, whom unleashed a deadly strike. Fortunately, Yazid made a stupendous flying save to deny the destined top corner effort.

Just before the break, the Eagles had two wonderful chances to restore parity and equalize. Tatsuro Inui cheekily played a quick-free kick towards Hafiz Nor. However, the big-framed Pacheco swiftly closed down the winger’s angle for the shot and the latter fired way wide of the goal. Secondly, Geylang’s captain, Jozef Kaplan elegantly turned his marker and released a pile-driver from outside the box. Once again, Pacheco came to the rescue of the Stags as the goalkeeper tipped the effort away from goal.

After the break, both teams came out determined to score goals and it was a fairly industrious performance from both sides then on, as the tackles and challenges flew in, while chances were rare.

Nonetheless, there was little Yazid Yazin could do to stop the hosts from increasing the lead in the 50th minute. Mateo Roskam extended the Stags’ lead to two goals as he rose the highest to nod in Roberto Alviz’s cross from the left channel.

After a brief disruption caused by floodlights failure, Tampines had two more attempts to extend their lead. However, the ‘superhero of the day’ Yazid, made two exceptional saves against Tosi’s close range cannon and Isa Halim’s outer-foot effort in the 77th and 78th minute, respectively, to keep Geylang’s deficit at two goals.

Geylang then, tried their very best to chase the game with offensive mind-set substitutions, but the Eagles were still unable to break down a superior Stags’ defence as time soon expired with Tampines earning their third consecutive clean-sheet and victory.

Speaking after the game, Geylang International’s Assistant Coach Owen Monaghan, was relatively disappointed with the team’s performance. “We knew it was going to be a tough game facing them (Tampines Rovers). They had good aerial threats and we paid the price for giving away too many set-pieces and corner-kicks,” said Monaghan.

Monaghan also added, “Going 2-0 down, and trying to get a goal back, they reacted very well as a team collectively. We are very happy from that aspect, from going on and not giving up and working hard.”

Geylang International FC will now look forward to their next game against Albirex Niigata (S) FC , at the Bedok Stadium on 02nd August 2015!

Full Time : Tampines Rovers FC (Ismadi Mukthar 8’, Mateo Roskam 50’)  2 – 0 Geylang International FC

EAGLES’ Editor Man Of The Match: Yazid Yazin                                      

Geylang International FC: Yazid Yasin, Anaz Hadee (Mustaqim Manzur 80′), Yuki Ichikawa, Kento Fukuda, Syed Thaha, Nor Azli Yusoff, Khairulnizam Jumahat (Shafeeq Faruk 73′), Hafiz Nor, Tatsuro Inui, Shawal Anuar (Huzaifah Aziz 83′), Jozef Kaplan

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