Eagles Wastefulness Allow Warriors To Triumph
By Kevin Prasad on 17 June 2017
Geylang International FC fell to a painful 2-0 defeat to Warriors FC, on Friday evening at the Jalan Besar Stadium as the Eagles were condemned to their fifth defeat of the season as they paid the price for not taking their chances throughout the game.
Warriors’ captain, Sharil Ishak punished the Eagles in the first-half, with a brace in the space of six minutes. The two-goal lead by the Warriors was almost erased in the second-half, but due to the finishing woes, Geylang crashed to another undeserving loss.
The men clad in green and white, started the game brightly and had multiple chances to put the game to bed in the first 10 minutes.
Victor Coto was in the thick of action, as his deep cross towards the back-post, was well met by a header from Gabriel Quak, but the latter’s effort glided narrowly wide. Coto then had a wonderful chance to break the deadlock, but the Costa Rican shot from inside the box, was parried away to safety by Hyrulnizam Juma’at.
Shortly later, Shahfiq Ghani whipped in a stunning free-kick into the box and the delivery connected strongly with Ricardo Sendra’s flick header, but unfortunately the Rhinos’ goalkeeper was at the right time, right place to gather the attempt at goal.
After multiple attempts to put the ball in the net, Geylang was given a rude shock in the 16th minute, when Warriors opened the scoring through Sharil’s header from Shaiful Esah’s pin-point corner-kick delivery.
Despite a goal down, Geylang seemed unfazed and was determined to clinch the equalizer. The ‘greenwhitearmy’ came very close in achieving their target in the 18th minute, but Sendra’s 25 yard free-kick, rattled the crossbar after beating diving custodian.
Three minutes later, Sharil added another goal to his name for the night, as the national striker executed a diving header to finish off Hafiz Nor’s knock down from the right flank. With a 2-0 goal cushion, Warriors started to settle their nerves and soaked in the attack from the hosts.
With Geylang pushing numbers forward, they often left gaps in their defensive third and Warriors almost exploited these loopholes to extend the lead. Nevertheless, Syazwan Buhari kept the score unchanged, as he produced two stunning saves to deny Fadhil Noh in a one-on-one situation and Hafiz Nor’s volley from point-blank range, before the half-time break.
After the break, Geylang emerged from their dug-out with a renewed vigour, looking to net a goal, to get back into the game and possibly sought after the equalizer.
Chasing the game with a 2-0 deficit, Geylang pressed forward with numbers and went all out on attack for the remaining 45 minutes.
Coto came closest when Gabriel Quak released the striker with a defence-splitting pass into the box for a snapshot at goal. However, the forward could not unleash a shot in time, as Hyrulnizam came off his line to hack the ball to safety.
Next up, substitute Shawal Anuar was introduced and the winger almost got his name on the score sheet with his first touch, as he spun past Kento Fukudu, before firing a bullet which sailed inches wide of the goal.
The fleet-footed forward, Shawal had two wonderful opportunities to pull Geylang level in the 70th minute, but his outer-foot volley and ambitious finesse shot from the edge of the box failed to trouble the Rhinos’ gloves man.
Last but not least, Sendra would have regretted his attempt as the Argentine midfielder, could have handed Geylang a lifeline and possibly spur the Eagles on with the remaining time left on the clock. In the 84th minute, Faritz Hameed picked out Sendra in the box with a peach of a cross, but the latter skied his tap-in from point-blank range.
With all ways and means being exhausted due to a tight Warriors’ defence, Coto had a chance to pick up a consolation goal as he dazzled his way into the box, but Fukuda raced back in time with a last-ditch tackle.
The referee then, blew the whistle for the end of game after four minutes of injury time as the Eagles fell to their knees in regret knowing that a loss was never on the cards, despite the valiant efforts showed in the second-half.
Speaking after the game, Geylang International’s Head Coach Hasrin Jailani, was filled with mixed emotions about his charges, “Despite losing) 2-0, I think if we could get an early goal in the second-half, we could be still there, but the goal did not come. Putting the ball into the net is our priority. We did not score but conceded and that is our problem” said Hasrin.
The 40-year-old also added, “n the first-half, we were second best where we had few chances and didn’t convert. Warriors took their chances and scored two goals and we tried from the second-half, but it wasn’t enough. I just have to stay positive as our next game is on Wednesday in the Singapore Cup (against Global Cebu FC).”
Geylang International FC will now look forward to their next game against Global Cebu on 21st June 2017 at Jalan Besar Stadium, for their RHB Singapore Cup quest to glory!
Full Time : Geylang International FC 0 – 2 [Sharil Ishak 15’,19’] Warriors FC
EAGLES’ Editor Man Of The Match: Yuki Ichikawa
Geylang International FC: Syazwan Buhari (GK), Yuki Ichikawa, Faritz Hameed, Al-Qaasimy Rahman, Isa Halim (C) (Anders Aplin 46’), Gabriel Quak (Nor Azli Yusoff 79’), Ricardo Sendra, Shahfiq Ghani (Shawal Anuar 64’), Safirul Sulaiman, Victor Coto, Amy Recha
*Photos Courtesy of GIFC Photographer – Robbie Occa