Geylang International FC

Eagles’ wings clipped by rampaging Cheetahs


The dark clouds and heavy downpour hours before the game certainly did not blurred Hougang United vision as they tear clinched a second consecutive 4-1 win, this time against Geylang International at the Hougang stadium, a week after their victory over Harimau Muda.

Displaying a top-tier performance despite being in second tier, the home side kicked off their hammering in the 13th minute.

Azhar Sairudin squeezed in a low through ball from the middle of the park and Jerome Baker capitalised on the lack of communication between goalkeeper Takuma Ito and Norihiro Kawakami by salvaging a crucial touch to find himself in front of an open net, before simply tapping it in.

That was the only highlight in the first half, but spectators who believed in a better half were then rewarded with four top-class goals after the halftime interval.

Speedy winger Fazli Jaffar took on a shot from the edge of the penalty box which lobbed over Takuma Ito, who was way off his line, doubling the lead for Hougang in the 47th minute.

It seemed like Geylang were back on the game as they were presented with a consolation goal five minutes later, as Kawakami pulled one back, after Hougang failed to clear the danger following Noor Ali’s free-kick.

The Eagles failure to find the equaliser allowed the Cheetahs to extend their lead, with a Azhar Sairuddin stunner in the 59th minute. Fazli Jaffar played a short corner to Azhar, and the latter sends a spectacular curler to the top corner, leaving Ito with practically zero chance.

Although the flow of the game was rather seasoned after that in favour of Hougang, they were still not satisfied and went on to complete their rout in the 63rd minute with an exquisite build-up play.

Mamadou Diallo smashed a loose ball in the air from the middle of the park and Fazli managed to get to the ball on the left, and the winger returned it to the 23 year old Guinean who had acres of space in the final third, and slammed it home into the bottom corner of the net.

Despite trailing by three goals, Geylang managed to hold on to their fort and prevent further leakage at the back. Although they reorganised themselves and looked threatening towards the end, it was too little too late as their two match winning streak came to an end at the Hougang stadium.

With the result, Hougang leapfrogged Harimau Muda to 10th position on 31 points, a point and a place below Geylang in the Tier Two standings.

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