Geylang International FC

Eagles Under-16 trumps the Rams Under-16 at St. Wilfreds


6 June 2012 – At 7pm yesterday evening, the Eagles U-16 side trumped Woodlands Wellington U-16 side 5-4 to proceed to the Quarterfinals of the Challenge Cup! The young Eagles will then meet Tanjong Pagar United in the Quarterfinals during October.

The Eagles controlled possession well in the opening minutes and stormed into a 3 goal lead in the first 40 minutes. However, a lapse in concentration in the 43rd minute allowed the opponents to pull a goal back and reduce the deficit to two goals before half-time.

Coach Khidir said of the defensive lapse, “This has happened many times over the course of the season. I was disappointed not to see the boys take a 3 goal advantage into a second half. Looking back, it was the first goal actually gave woodlands a lifeline back into the match.”

“During the half-time team talk, I told the boys to not allow them space and breathe down their necks.”

Inspired by the Coach Khidir’s half-time team talk, the boys gave an immediate response by scoring another goal inside the first 3 minutes of the second half to bring the score to 4-1. However, the resilient Rams soon pulled another goal back after another defensive lapse by the Eagles defence.

This led the opponents to build up a significant momentum and the Rams were threatening to take the game back into their hands. However, the young Eagles managed to take advantage of the opponents’ gung-ho play to snip in another goal on the counter attack to take the score to 5 -2.

With a three goal lead restored, the side started to feel complacent and true enough, an own goal by one of centre backs reduced the lead to 2 goals. Another goal from a free-kick by the Rams late in the game soon set pulses racing as the young Eagles barely managed to hang on till the end of the game.

A displeased Coach Khidir was quoted saying “This was a match of 2 halves. I wasn’t happy with the way the second half was played. They were all over us during the second half and we should have better dictated the momentum of the game. Woodlands has showed us that they really didn’t want to lose the game but we should not play into their hands.”

When asked about his plans for the upcoming cup game against Tanjong Pagar in October Khidir followed by saying “We will play our usual passing football against them. At such a young age, it is important that the boys learn the right way of football.  Results will only come if we play proper football and it will also be crucial for their development in the future.”

Congrats to Coach Khidir and the U-16 team on making it to the Quarterfinals! Well done!

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