Geylang International FC

Eagles Sunk By DPMM’s Lethal Firepower

11807221_1122455561102271_8423349776573992040_oGeylang International suffered a 3-1 defeat to Brunei DPMM last night at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Brunei, with the Wasps condemning the Eagles to their fourth straight loss in the 2015 Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League.

DPMM had taken the lead through Azwan Ali, but it got cancelled out by Eagles’ Shawal Anuar’ strike. The Wasps, then went on to net two more goals over the course of the game through, Azwan Salleh and Rafael Ramazotti, to seal the much needed victory.

With that result, the Eagles have plummeted to the foot of the table due to their inferior goal difference with Young Lions, whilst, DPMM overtook Albirex, to become the new and current league leaders with 26 points.

The first opportunity of the game, fell to DPMM barely 30 seconds after the kick-off. Ramazotti successfully got to the end of Joe Gamble’s cross, but the Brazilian did not cause Yazid Yazin any problems, as his header flashed wide

Soon later, DPMM broke the deadlock in the 8th minute with Azwan Ali’s strike past the Eagles custodian. Azwan A. picked up a through ball from Gamble, before slotting it into an empty net, after rounding Yazid.

With a 1-0 lead, the Wasps were hungry for more and piled the pressure from upfront. DPMM had their share of chances, but Yazid was up to par making wonderful save.

Despite trailing by a goal, the visitors attempted very hard to break down the resolute Wasps defence. Geylang had two chances to equalize through Jozef Kaplan and Hafiz Nor in the 15th and 27th minute respectively, but both powerful attempts went wide of the goal.

However, 24-year-old Shawal Anuar made no mistake in front of goal as he netted the equalizer and his first Eagles’ goal in the 33rd minute. The winger calmly finish past Wardun Yussoff after latching onto Kaplan’s pin- point pass.

In the 35th minute, Geylang made their first substitution as Khairulnizam Juma’at came on for the injured Yuki Ichikawa.

Minutes later, the nightmare for the Eagles, began as DPMM restored their lead with Azwan Salleh’s stunning strike from 20-odd yards to make it 2-1 before the half-time break.

After the break, DPMM continued their offensive blitzkrieg and extended their lead to 3-1 with Ramazotti getting his name on the score sheet. Yazid pulled off a wonderful save to parry away Azwan Ali’s shot, but the rebound fell graciously to Ramazotti, whom calmly slotted it into the back of the net.

Soon later, Geylang introduced Tatsuro Inui and Bruno Castanheira into the game for Mustaqim Manzur and Anaz Hadee respectively, as they were in search for some attacking creativity and firepower, to score goals in bid to get an equalizer.

Nevertheless, with the clock ticking its way to the final whistle, the Bedok-based club kept pushing to pull one goal back, but nothing went their way as Hafiz Nor saw his pile-driver well tipped away before Tatsuro Inui’s free-kick effort was well saved by DPMM’s custodian Wardun.

Despite trying their best, the Eagles were unable to conjure another decent chance as the game came to a close soon after.

Speaking after the game, Geylang International’s Coach Jorg Steinebrunner, was relatively delighted with the team’s performance despite the defeat. “I am happy with the performance of the boys, as not many teams can come here (to Brunei) and get so much possession in the second half,” said Steinebrunner.

The German tactician also added, “I also thought there was a clear penalty (in the second half when Hafiz Nor was brought down by Sairol Sahari) and even Steve (Kean) came up to us and admitted that. If we made it 3-2 then it would have been game on”.

Full Time : Brunei DPMM FC (Azwan Ali 8’, Azwan Salleh 39’, Rafael Ramazotti 48’)  3 – 1 (Shawal Anuar 33’) Geylang International FC

EAGLES’ Editor Man Of The Match: Syed Thaha

Geylang International FC: Yazid Yazin, Anaz Hadee (Bruno Castanheira 75′), Hafiz Osman, Kento Fukuda, Syed Thaha, Nor Azli Yusoff, Yuki Ichikawa (Khairulnizam Jumahat 34′), Hafiz Nor, Mustaqim Manzur (Tatsuro Inui 61′), Shawal Anuar, Jozef Kaplan

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