Geylang International FC

Jalal Continues Geylang International Winning Streak


Students from Meridian Primary school and other football fanatics who marked their attendance at the Bedok stadium on Thursday evening were treated to an ideal final home game as they witnessed a tightly balanced affair between Geylang International and Courts Young Lions, where the home side continued their good form with a 1-0 victory.

The only goal of the match came from experienced campaigner, Jalal, who despite rarely finding the back of the net, have been putting out a solid performance for the Eagles throughout the season.

V.Kanan’s side missed the services of their Japanese marksman Shotaro Ihata, but that certainly didn’t serve as a major setback as they still managed to pose threats to the opposition defense with the creativity of skipper Josef Kaplan and Stefan Milojevic.

It was also a day not to forget for Jalal and Yasir Hanapi as, amidst having more than a decent game, the duo combined to create the only goal of the night in the 41st minute.

The former LionsXII player enjoyed his moment of magic as he sweetly sent lobbed the ball to Jalal who beat the offside trap, finding himself in front of Syazwan Buhari and the goal. The 32 year old had the simplest yet dutiful task of striking the ball past the hapless goalkeeper, before proceeding to celebrate his first ever goal for the Eagles.

It was indeed a well-deserved goal as the home side were the ones whipping in dangerous crosses and giving the Young Lions defense a hell of a time throughout the first half.

Prime league star Basil Teo’s low long range shot had all the power in it, but Syazwan was equally capable of handling it as the ball went for a corner after his legs saved the power-shot.

The first half concluded with the home side being on the upperhand, in terms of both goals and performance but the Cubs had other ideas in the second half as they started piling the pressure yet eventually failing to find themselves much needed space.

Geylang however did create several opportunities to double the lead, especially through ex-Singapore international Noor Ali and Kaplan, but custodian Syazwan was always into the task of keeping their shots out.

The match ended following a glorious opportunity for Aide Iskandar’s charges but substitute Fareez Farhan blasted the ball way over the bar after being set-up by Sahil Suhaimi’s header in the dying moments of the game.

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