Eagles Target Full Points At Eastern Derby
By Eagles Admin on 29 July 2015
Despite Tampines Rovers are temporarily operating miles away from the east side, Jurong West Stadium will be the backdrop for the traditional ‘Eastern Derby’ in the Great Eastern-YEO’S S.League this Wednesday evening. Hence, Geylang International will make their journey to the west, to face the Stags in bid to clinch maximum points and possibly etch a double victory against the five-time S.League champions, this season.
Many are aware of the intense rivalry significance of this fixture, However, apart from the bragging rights, both teams will be looking to do everything they can to salvage their respective campaigns.
A win for either team will do them a world of good with Geylang seeking to pull further away from the bottom-half teams like Hougang United and the much-improved Courts Young Lions who are breathing down their neck. At the same time, Tampines will want the three points to be still within touching distance of top spot and current leaders, Warriors FC.
Harimau Muda turned the tide last week, as they overcame a 1-0 first-half lead, to eventually walk away 2-1 victors against the resilient Eagles. To rub salt into their wound, distinguished Eagles’ defender Hafiz Osman was expelled with a red card, after a rash elbow on Annas Rahmat and will be suspended for this mouth-watering clash.
Indeed, it will be difficult for the Eagles to stomach the unforeseen defeat, but knowing Jorg Steinebrunner’s charges, the Eagles will be determined to overturn their season’s fortunes with a positive result in the Eastern Derby.
Apart from seeking redemption against Geylang for winning their first ‘Eastern Derby’ of 2015 with an outstanding 3-2 score-line, the Stags will also be focused on clinching a win to stay afloat in the top half of the table to be in strong contention for their sixth S.League title.
Stags’ Head Coach, V. Sundramoorthy would be eyeing a winning run after Tampines trounced the Cheetahs 3-0, last week at the Hougang Stadium. Mateo Roskam is currently in red-hot form, the Geylang’s defence need to be on their heels or they will be duly punished the Croatian. Apart from Roskam, Geylang would also need to ensure that 2014 Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League top scorer, Rodrigo Tosi does not see much of the ball as his deadly eye for goal can be the sole difference of a victory or a defeat.
However, that is not a given, as the men in green and white are full of energy, to repeat the stupendous ‘Eastern Derby’ victory once again and possibly start a winning streak like they did in the month of May.
Bruno Castanheira has developed a lethal attacking partnership with Tatsuro Inui and Eagles captain, Jozef Kaplan in the recent months. The fearsome trio, have bagged 12 of Geylang’s 13 goals in the league so far, and will look to turn on the firepower again, when facing the Stags.
Geylang would be eager to land their 14th ‘Eastern Derby’ win, whilst Tampines would aiming for their 29th victory, so do expect both teams to push more this time around, in a bid to walk away victors for the various reasons.