Match Preview: Geylang International vs Balestier Khalsa
By Eagles Admin on 1 July 2014
It is a make or break tie for the Eagles this week as they face Balestier Khalsa in the second leg of the RHB Singapore Cup quarter-final. After taking an early lead through Hafiz Nor in the first leg, Geylang International ended the match with a 2-1 deficit despite having a numerical advantage due to the firt half dismissal of Balestier’s Yusikandar Yusop.
With the tie set to be played at Jalan Besar due to maintenance work at the Bedok Stadium, it presents a good opportunity for the Eagles given their good form on the luscious green turf of Jalan Besar. Previously at the stadium, the Eagles have emerged victorious over two sides in the top six, Hougang United and Tampines Rovers.
Geylang International can take heart from their first half performance where they dominated the Tigers for 45 minutes before complacency crept in the second half. With Jorg Steinbrunner giving the team a verbal lashing at the end of the first leg, the players will be looking to set things right and give their coach plenty to cheer about.
Influential player, Aliff Shafaein will once again be out of the second leg as he continues to serve his suspension but with Hafiz Nor enjoying good form, it could prove to be a blessing in disguise. Fabian Kwok and Franco Chivilo will need to be focused as well as they will be tasked with not only keeping Balestier’s Park Kang- Jin quiet but they will also be needed to bomb forward in search of the elusive goal.
Speaking to EAGLES TV ahead of kick-off, head coach Jorg Steinebrunner was confident his side would be able to overcome the Tigers. He said: “The players know what is needed, it won’t be easy but we want to show what we can really do.”
He continued: “We have 90 minutes to get one goal back, but we want to decide the tie in normal time because we aren’t a side that is going to get one goal and then sit back.”
“I am never someone who is going to say 1-0 is enough so I want my team to attack and put in a good performance and over the season since I took over, it is evident that we can produce good performances,”, said the former S.League player.
With a place in the semi-final promised for the victors, tensions are set to run high in the second leg of the RHB Singapore Cup quarter-final. But if the Eagles produce a similar performance to what they showed during the first half of the first leg and in most of their recent matches, then Geylang International fans can be confident of a result that will see their side book a spot in the semi-finals.