Match Preview: Courts Young Lions vs Geylang International
By Deepanraj Ganesan on 8 June 2014
About two months ago, Geylang International installed Jorg Steinebrunner as the new head coach to replace Vedhamuthu Kanan. Results had not been going the Eagles’ way and the German was brought in to steady the ship. 11 matches in the league on, Geylang International have been transformed into a side not just able to pick up good results but also put in great performances that have had fans on their feet.
On Monday, it will be a chance for the Eagles to pick up another three points as they face Courts Young Lions at the Jalan Besar Stadium. Fresh from the consecutive victories over Woodlands Wellington and Tampines Rovers, morale is high amongst the Geylang squad.
The Courts Young Lions, will take to the field after a run of undesirable results. They fell to a 2-1 loss to Tampines Rovers, which followed a 3-1 defeat to Balestier Khalsa. It also has to be noted that it has been 17 days since the Young Lions last featured in the league, owing to international duties.
With the likes of Jordan Webb, Sahil Suhaimi and Sherif El Masri leading the line for the Young Lions, Kento Fukuda and co will need to be on guard if they are to secure another clean sheet.
Geylang International’s influential midfielder Franco Chivilo, is ruled out of the match due to an accumulation of yellow cards over the season. His compatriot, Joaquin Lopez is set to fill in his absence, partnering Fabian Kwok in midfield.
Tomorrow’s match also marks a full circle for the Eagles’ head coach Jorg Steinebrunner. The German’s first match in charge of Geylang International was against the Courts Young Lions, in a tie that ended 1-0 to the Eagles courtesy of a Leonel Felice header.
For Jorg Steinebrunner, Monday’s match is another opportunity to put in a good shift and claim three points. Speaking to EAGLES TV ahead of the tie, he said: “It’s always good to win. We already had a good push in morale after the Woodlands match. We played fairly well in the games we lost so it was good to put in another good performance, and get a result as well. We want a repeat of that against the Young Lions.”
Despite a string of good results and performances, the German fired a warning that his side will only get better. He said: “We have made strides forward and everyone knows we are still in progress in terms of where we want to be.”
He continued: “In football, you can’t stand till and be satisfied. It would be wrong but at the same time we have come a long way picking up great results so we need to keep our foot firmly on the ground see that we can improve.”