Geylang International FC

Eagles’ Wings Clipped By Stags In Eastern Derby

12144836_1162178853796608_3729755637666626837_nGeylang International faltered to yet another defeat, after Tampines Rovers routed the Eagles 4-1, in the third ‘Eastern Derby’ of the season, at the Bedok Stadium on 20th October 2015.

The victory made the Stags edge closer and keep pace with current league leaders, Brunei DPMM. On the other hand, Geylang slipped to their 12th defeat of the season, and are still rooted to the bottom of the table.

Tampines had no problems finding the back of the net, as the Stags relished a scoring spree with Mateo Roskam, Fabian Kwok, Rodrigo Tosi and Aqhari Abdullah getting their names on the scoresheet. Geylang’s young starlet, Shawal Anuar pulled a goal back for the hosts in stoppage time, but it proved to be mere consolation reward for the Eagles.

Things were looking bright for the Eagles, as the first chance of the game fell to Geylang in the 10th minute. Tatsuro Inui fired a free-kick, from the edge of the box, but it did not give any trouble to Tampines’ goalkeeper Rodrigo Pacheco, as it sailed over the bar.

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Tampines also issued a warning and signalled their intention for goals in the 11th minute, when Mateo Roskam turned his marked and unleased a ferocious volley from about 25 yards. Geylang’s custodian, Yazid Yazin was sent sprawling across the goal. Fortunately, the shot ended up in the side-netting.

The visitors then, drew first blood in the 20th minute when Rodrigo Tosi lobbed a pass over the Geylang’s defence to Mateo Roskam. The Croatian, then took his time to place the ball past Yazid, in a one-on-one situation, to break the deadlock.

The Stags’ lead was then extended six minutes later, as the ‘2014 Tiger Beer Goal of The Year’ award winner, Fabian Kwok, unleashed a 35-yard thunderous effort with his first touch. The powerful pile driver ended in the top corner of the net, leaving Yazid no chance in saving the possible contender of this year’s goal of the season.

Despite Geylang rooted at the bottom of the table, the Eagles proved to be tough customers for the Stags, as the former threatened to pull a goal back in the 29th minute. Inui was once again in the thick of action, as the Japanese playmaker released a volley inside the Stags’ box. The shot was destined for the net, but Tampines’ custodian Rodrigo Pacheco executed a magnificent diving save to keep the 2-0 lead intact, before the half-time break.

The restart seemed to be no different from the first half, as Tampines continued where they left off. In the 55th minute, a bemused Jozef Kaplan was adjudged to have tugged Mustafic Fahraduin’s shirt back at a corner-kick, and the referee Farhad Mohd instantly awarded a penalty to the Stags.

Tosi then stepped up and calmly picked his spot kick, into the bottom left corner of the net with Yazid going the wrong direction, for his 11th goal of the season.

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The Stags continued to press forward in spite of their advantage and the icing of the cake was placed on the cake in the 82nd minute. Tampines’ substitute, Aqhari Abdullah, converted Shaiful Esah’s cross from close range, having only just came one a few minutes earlier.

The hosts, then tried to muster a response immediately, but Hafiz Nor and Jozef Kaplan both saw their low shots easily dealt with by Rodrigo Pacheco.

However, Tampines’ resistance finally was torn apart, when Shawal Anuar restored some pride for Geylang, as the nippy winger squeezed in a shot from a tight angle in the dying seconds of the game, to get the consolation goal the Eagles’ fans deserved.

Geylang International FC will now look forward to Friday’s fixture against Hougang United FC at Bedok Stadium. With the same character and commitment, the Eagles might be able to clinch three vital points to get out of bottom spot and overtake the Cheetahs.

Full Time : Geylang International FC (Shawal Anuar 90’) 1 – 4 (Mateo Roskam 19’, Fabian Kwok 26’, Rodrigo Tosi (P) 55’, Aqhari Abdullah 82’) Tampines Rovers FC

EAGLES’ Editor Man Of The Match: Shawal Anuar

Geylang International FC: Yazid Yasin (GK), Yuki Ichikawa, Kento Fukada, Hafiz Osman, Syed Thaha (Huzaifah Aziz 78’), Anaz Hadee (Shawal Anuar 55’), Tatsuro Inui, Shah Hirul (Zulkifli Sulizman 74’), Hafiz Nor, Jozef Kaplan (C), Bruno Castanheira

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