Geylang International FC

Kanan: The players shows character in draw against Brunei DPMM


Geylang International derailed Brunei DPMM hopes of finishing the Great Eastern – Yeo’s S.League season at the top of the Tier Two standings as they clawed back from two goals down to clinch a 2-2 draw at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on 6th November 2013.

DPMM started the match a point behind seventh place Warriors FC and only a win can lift them above Alex Weaver’s men, while had the Eagles collected maximum points, they would have leapfrog above the Bruneians to eight position in the table.

Geylang coach V.Kanan was full of praise for his charges for not throwing in the towel despite trailing by two goals minutes after the half-time break.

The visitors started with only three players on the bench, goalkeeper Joey Sim, and midfielders Shah Hirul and Asshidiq Wahid, due to suspension to versatility player Wahyuhi Wahid, and several players on the injury list and away on National Service duties.

“We had beaten DPMM before and the boys gave their all. We were also unlucky going 2-0 goals down at the start of the second half.” said Kanan

“It was a huge task for us to climb but we had lots of characters and came back strongly. We had chances to score but their goalkeeper (Azman Ilham) did well, even though he was a reserve player.

“With the thin squad that we brought to Brunei, I feel that we played well, especially in the second half. The first half we conceded goals from set-pieces. Playing in Brunei is never easy and they were out to win as they want to top the second tier. Although three points would be good, I am pleased with their performance and attitude.” added Kanan

Although V.Kanan’s charges had the poor start to the match, going down to Rodrigo Gral goal in the 19th minute, and Shahrazen Said doubling his team lead two minutes after the half-time interval, the Eagles did not let it affect their game as they surged forward in numbers and looking for ways past the DPMM’s defence.

“My boys contained them well and we had chances in the first half, but Jozef ballooned it. We also set out to win the match, and if we had won by two or more goals, we would have go above DPMM.” explained Kanan

“After Jozef goal, we were attacking all the way and had so many chances but they were very compact at the back and we were happy when we get the equaliser in injury time.”

Their perseverance paid off six minutes after the hour mark as captain Jozef Kaplan pulled a goal back for his side, and the point was in their hands when Tales dos Santos deflected the ball off a Yasir Hanapi shot into his own net amidst confusion inside his six yards box in the dying seconds of the match.

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