Geylang International FC

Geylang Coach Kanan frustrated with draw against Harimau Muda


Two teams, Harimau Muda and Geylang International, dangling in the bottom half of the table, played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Pasir Gudang Stadium on Thursday.

The Eagles could have drawn first blood in the 34th minute through skipper Jozef Kaplan, but the Slovakian skied his lob way over the bar, after brilliantly setting himself in a one on one with goalkeeper Ramdhan Hamid.

The home side capitalised on Kaplan’s miss four minutes later, 19 year old Faizal Ghazali giving the early lead for Harimau with his third league goal of the season.

Kaplan made up for his earlier mistake three minutes before the break, as he coolly finished off a sweet cross from Jalal, causing both teams to enter the tunnel with a goal apiece.

The restart saw the introduction of starlet Maxsius Musa and Andrew Tan stepping onto the pitch, replacing Azzizan Nordin and Delwinder Singh respectively.

The visitors thought they had scored the match winner in the 59th minute through Taufiq Ghani but Syafiq Shalihin had other ideas as he snatch a point for Razip Ismail’s charges, founding the back of the net nine minutes before the end.

Geylang coach V.Kanan, he was not a happy man as he feels his side could have won the match had his players been more clinical in front of goal.

“We played well, had three chances in the first half but did not take it. We were the better team and created chances in the second half too.” said a frustrated Kanan

“Noor Ali and Jozef missed several chances after the break. I did not know why the referee had called for the penalty but in the end it is his decision.”

With the Eagles not tasting victory in recent matches, Kanan hope his players will step up a gear in their next match and secure maximum points. “It is a two points lost for us, we have not been winning for the last eight matches and we need to pick ourselves well and get a result against Warriors next.

For the Malaysian outfit coach Rasip, he was satisfied with the results but took the sword out, slicing his defence, who were wobbly in certain parts of the match.

“It is a fair result as it is a hard game and both were going for the full points.”

“We took the lead but our defending is very poor, giving them the chance to score. I thought we were going to lose the game but we are lucky to get a penalty.”

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