Friendly Match: Geylang International 2-1 Singapore Cricket Club
By Deepanraj Ganesan on 13 June 2014
A second string Geylang International line-up comprising of players from the Prime League squad, players requiring match fitness from the S-League squad and players on trial beat Singapore Cricket Club (SCC) in a friendly that finished 2-1 to the Eagles.
Jonathan Tan struck early on to give the makeshift Geylang International side the lead. A neat take down and lay off to Jonathan from trialist Torsten Schneider allowed the Geylang winger to send his shot into the roof of the net. The SCC keeper could only pick Jonthan’s sensational shot out of the net.
The Eagles, who had K. Sathiaraj back from injury and at the heart of their defence, were rarely troubled in the early stages with Harithzan Jantan adding further stability at the back.
As the first half was signalled to an end by the referee, the Eagles prepared an array of changes with Joey Sim replaced for prime league goalkeeper Joey Ho and Jonathan Tan making way for a trialist.
The second half got off to a scintillating start for the Eagles. A ball from midfield released Steven. The forward who was on trial with Geylang calmly finished past the SCC goalkeeper to make it 2-0 to the hosts.
Hyder Ismail deployed in centre midfield on the night was everywhere. Getting back to help out in defence as well as being influential going forward, the player turned in a solid performance which would have given head coach Jorg Steinebrunner food for thought.
Against the run of play, SCC pulled one back. A long ball from the back allowed SCC’s No. 21 to ghost clear. Joey Ho, rushed out to nullify the danger but flapped at the ball allowing the forward to knock the ball into the net.
The whistle blew to end the friendly match and the score line read 2-1 in favor of Geylang International.