Match Preview: Balestier Khalsa vs Geylang International
By Andrew Ang on 28 June 2014
Over the last few matches, the Eagles have surprisingly fallen to consecutive defeats. A 3-2 and 2-0 loss to Harimau Muda and Hougang United respectively has almost certainly ruled Geylang International out of the battle to finish in the top six. But, on Saturday at the Toa Payoh Stadium, Jorg Steinebrunner’s side can make amends for poor league form by taking a lead in the RHB Singapore Cup first leg showdown with Balestier Khalsa FC.
The Eagles made a spectacular start to the tournament, beating Woodlands Wellington 5-1 in a match laden with splendid individual displays across the pitch. Balestier Khalsa meanwhile, pulled off an early upset in the prestigious tournament. The Tigers emerged victorious over cup contenders, Warriors FC, with a convincing 3-1 score line. Both sides will be looking to ensure that they will be able to show the same level of performances as they strive to take a good result going into Wednesday’s 2nd leg at Bedok Stadium.
Other than new signing Thorsten Schneider who is out with an ankle injury, Jorg Steinebrunner will have a fully fit squad to choose from.
Kento Fukuda and Yuki Ichikawa will need to be on hand to stifle marquee Tiger, Goran Ljubojević.
Another key player that the Eagles have to keep an eye on will be playmaker Park Kang-Jin. The player’s return from injury has benefitted Balestier Khalsa with his eye of the needle passes and creative output aiding the Tigers who were lacking a bite up front during the Korean’s lengthy absence.
With the victors of the Singapore Cup being granted an admission into the AFC Cup, winning the tournament is paramount for the players.
One player who was clear of his target is Siddiq Durimi.
When asked for his personal aspiration, the keeper said: “I want the Eagles to go to the AFC (Cup) next year, that’s all I’m asking for.”
The Tigers and the Eagles will do battle eager for a good showing but with both sides looking to continue their impressive cup start, a spectacular 90 minute of intense action awaits the watching faithful at the Toa Payoh Stadium.