Geylang International FC

Enchanted Eagles Scores Back-To-Back Victories

10425399_1071542809526880_7138513831963903255_nGeylang International FC clinched back-to-back victories for the first time this season, as they recorded a slender 1-0 victory over uniformed giants, Home United FC at the Jalan Besar Stadium on 8th May 2015.

The only goal of the game came in the dying minutes of the first-half when Tatsuro Inui fired a lethal strike to award the Eagles all three points and a deserving place in the top-half of the ‘Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League’ table standings.

Chances were at a premium in the first 45 minutes, as both teams kept things tight at the back and were determined not to concede first.

Buoyed with their recent win over the reigning S.League champions, Warriors FC, the Eagles started the game with much desire to sit in the driving seat early as they created two chances in the opening minutes.

The Eagles’ first scoring chance came in the sixth minute. However, an unmarked Kento Fukuda was not able to convert the golden opportunity with his head, after being intelligently set up by Tatsuro Inui’s quick free-kick.

After two minutes, the Eagles were presented with another chance to open the scoring through Bruno Castanheira whose vicious goal bound shot, from outside the box was unfortunately, blocked by Abdil Qaiyyim.

Home then gradually settled into the game and almost took the lead, through R Aaravin. However, the 20 year-old defender was not able to steer home from close range, despite, connecting well with Kamel Ramdani’s corner-kick delivery.

The RHB Singapore Cup finalists, Home United were then again on hand to take the lead. Despite, Ramdani dispatching a delicious defence-splitting pass to Ambroise Begue, the latter’s tame shot gave no problems to Eagles’ custodian, Yazid Yazin, whom returned to action after recovering from a motorcycle accident injury.

However, towards the end of the first-half, it was the Eagles who ultimately succeeded as they broke the deadlock in the 44th minute. Inui opened his personal goal tally for the Eagles as he coincidentally, picked up Shah Hirul’s misplaced shot and then fired it past the outstretched Protectors’ goalkeeper to give his side a deserving lead.

With a goal down, the Protectors coach, Philippe Aw then executed two substitutions after the break and brought on Sirina Camara and Redzwan Atan for Sufianto Salleh and Ang Zhi Wei, respectively.

The offensive mindset changes, did transformed Home into an blitzkrieg attacking unit and they indeed, dominated possession often in the next 45 minutes.

Eagles’ vital cog, Nor Azli was cautioned with a yellow card after a reckless tackle on the Home’s Yasir Hanapi in the 53rd minute. However, that challenge did not stop the Protectors’ nippy winger from causing problems as he came close to scoring a goal, soon later. Nevertheless, Yazid Yazin pulled off an excellent diving save to deny the close ranged equalizer.

Geylang then introduced a fresh pair of legs to fend off any Home’s goal threats, with Khairulnizam Jumahat replacing Shah Hirul in the centre of midfield. With a form of resurgence being injected into the squad, Geylang then pressed forward and had a magnificent chance to double their lead through Inui, once again. Unfortunately, this time round the 25 year-old’s effort was diligently kept out by a fine save from Home’s goalkeeper, Hyrulnizam Juma’at.

Towards the end of the second-half, the Eagles made two more substitutions with Anaz Hadee and Mustaqim Manzur checking in for the injured yet cautioned, Nor Azli and goal scorer, Tatsuro Inui respectively.

Despite Geylang’s defensive-minded changes, the Protectors, pushed numbers forward and conquered the last 10 minutes of the game with numerous attempts at goal.

Firstly, French youngster, Begue scoffs a splendid chance, as he ballooned his shot over the crossbar after Juma’at Jantan perfect pass. Next up on the gilt-edge opportunity list, was Song Uiyong with an amazing curling effort. Once again, Yazid Yazin displayed his heroics with a stunning save to parry away the stinging effort.

The last attempt in Home’s search for an equalizer was contributed by Eagles’ Hafiz Osman whom was shown a yellow card for bringing down a Home United player, at the edge of the box. Up stepped, Yasir Hanapi whom launched a remarkable free-kick over the wall and towards goal. Yet again, the Eagles’ hero, Yazid Yazin palmed away the piledriver to safety, to enable Geylang International to enjoy the much vital win.

Furthermore, the victory propels the Eagles three places up to fifth place in the table ahead of Tampines Rovers by the virtue of more goals scored. On the other hand, Home United whom have yet to score in four consecutive games, have dropped to seventh spot and are 11 points behind the current leaders, Warriors FC.

Speaking after the game, Geylang International coach Jorg Steinebrunner, was very pleased of the team’s performance and the victory. “I am delighted that we allowed lesser chances than our first game with Home, which ended 1-1. To be honest, attackingly we could have done better, but now we have to focus on consistency in our future games,” said Steinebrunner.

Steinebrunner also added, “I will be feeling good that we (Geylang International) are in the top-half of the table, only for the next 10 minutes. After that, we will be focusing and thinking about Balestier right away as we have to work even harder in every game to achieve the desired results.”

Over at Home United’s camp, Philippe Aw was in mixed reactions, “The result is disappointing but in terms of performance, we cannot ask for more. I told them (Home United) to keep going and we have to turn the corner.”

Philippe conceded that the team can do everything right except for putting the ball into the back of the net. He added, “We hope to get Ken back for the next game and he will definitely add quality to the attack.”

Geylang International FC will now look forward to their next fixture against defending ‘RHB Singapore Cup’ champions, Balestier Khalsa FC, at Jalan Besar Stadium on 15th May 2015!

Full Time : Home United FC  0 – 1 (Tatsuro Inui 44’) Geylang International FC

EAGLES’ Editor Man Of The Match: Tatsuro Inui                                    

Geylang International FC: Yazid Yazin (GK), Yuki Ichikawa, Hafiz Osman, Kento Fukuda, Syed Thaha, Nor Azli Yusoff (Anaz Hadee 75′), Shah Hirul (Khairulnizam Jumahat 59′), Hafiz Nor, Jozef Kaplan (C), Tatsuro Inui (Mustaqim Manzur 84′), Bruno Castanheira.

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