Match Preview: Geylang Internationa vs Brunei DPMM
By Andrew Ang on 21 July 2014
The silverware is within reach but before the Eagles swoop in to conquer, they will have to pass their biggest hurdle thus far. Geylang International will face current league leaders, Brunei DPMM in the Starhub League Cup semi-final on Monday at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
The Eagles have reached the last four despite having been given the toughest possible group, turning in spectacular performances in the group stages to overcome Tampines Rovers with a 2-1 win before turning on the style against the Warriors in a 4-0 drubbing.
Despite again being classed as a underdog in the quarter-finals, Geylang soared to a 3-1 victory against Albirex Niigata(S).
Brunei DPMM have gone about their business with their usual swagger. The side, which is in a strong position to secure a treble, drew with Balestier Khalsa 2-2 before dismantling a Hougang side 3-2. The Brunei team then went on to defeat Woodlands Wellington 3-1 to reach the semi-final.
In their two previous meetings in the league, both matches ended in a draw. Geylang held the Brunei side to a 1-1 draw at the Bedok Stadium before a 0-0 encounter at the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium
Geylang International are primed to name an unchanged side from their last outing, as captain Ridhuan Muhammad will once again be fielded at the right back position as hopes will be pinned on Hafiz Nor and Mustaqim Manzur to continue their imperious form on the flanks.
Further forward, Thorsten Schneider, Aliff Shafaein and Leonel Felice all combined well together and will be relied upon to unlock a steady Brunei defense.
A chance to be in the semi-final is a great achievement for the Eagles, but a chance that head coach Jorg Steinebrunner is relishing ahead of the match. He said: “ Everyone at the club is excited to play the semi-final and with the way we have been playing, we have to be confident for the match.”
The German also added that with the quality sides his side had beaten,the confidence is high in the Eagles camp. He said: “We faced Tampines, Warriors and Albirex and now we are going to take on Brunei DPMM. When you look at the table, it is as good as you get in terms of league positions. We did the job to get to where we are now but now we need to focus and be confident against Brunei. If you are not confident, then you don’t have to play football.”
With the semi-final set to be played at Jalan Besar, a ground that the Eagles have remained unbeaten on this season, coach Jorg believed it was an advantage but more than that believed the quality of both sides would only ensure that fans enjoyed a good match. He said: “Definitely it is a positive thing to take note of but what is more important is that judging from the two previous matches with Brunei, the match will be a good one for the spectators.”