Geylang International FC

Match Preview: Geylang International vs Courts Young Lions

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The Eagles beat Young Lions 1-0 at Bedok Stadium in October 2013

Geylang International play hosts for the first time in the 2014 Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League season as they welcome the Courts Young Lions to the Bedok Stadium on Thursday, in what is now a must win match for the Eagles.

Having been handed a tough start to the season, with away matches against heavyweights Warriors, title favourites Home United FC and defending champions Tampines Rovers, Geylang International failed to get any points in those three matches. The last of those defeats, a 3-0 loss to eastern rivals Tampines Rovers last week. The Courts Young Lions meanwhile, had a worst possible start to their season when they went down 4-0 to Balestier Khalsa but have since recovered well to battle Tampines Rovers to a tight 3-2 loss before a valiant draw against Woodlands Wellington in their last match.

The Eagles have not been helped by the number of injuries that have kept key players out of action in their first three games.  Signed at the start of the season from Albirex Nigata(S), defender Kento Fukuda has yet to feature for the Eagles.  Yuki Ichikawa, another Japanese defender also missed the last game with an injury. Fabian Kwok is set for an extended time on the treatment table after a freak injury, and is definitely out of the Young Lions clash.

Coach Vedhamuthu Kanan is more than eager to have his Japanese duo back in action sooner rather than later. He said: “We miss the two of them. In pre-season, when we started with them in defence, we kept clean sheets and won the Warriors and Tampines, so you can tell they add quality to our team.”

The coach will need every member of the squad to stand up and be counted on match day against the Young Lions as the Eagles look for a much needed win. “I take all the blame for the three losses, but now we have to put those results aside and look ahead to this match.

“We want to give our home fans something to cheer about and as a coach, I need this victory,” added coach Kanan. A Geylang International side wanting nothing but a win and a Courts Young Lions side wanting to prove they can mix it with the big boys, sets us up for a spectacular 90 minutes of football, come Thursday at the Bedok Stadium.

Geylang boleh!

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