Geylang International FC

Milojevic and Kaplan Partnership Wounds Warriors


Geylang International celebrated their first three points in six matches as they saw off Warriors FC 3-0 at the Bedok stadium on Friday night, courtesy of a goal from Stefan Milojevic and a brace from captain Jozef Kaplan, all coming in the second half of the match.

Despite missing defenders Delwinder Singh and Khayrulhayat Jumat due to suspension and injury respectively, coach V.Kanan deployed versatility player Wahyudi Wahid in central defence to good effect.

The 24-year old who had played in all positions for the club, except in goal, were a rock at the back alongside Japanese Norihiro Kawakami, both leaving the Warriors frustrated on several occasions.

Kanan’s charges was tactically discipline in the first half, soaking in the pressure and launching a swift counter-attack that left the opponents running in their trail.

Noor Ali – who came out of retirement a few months ago – were in the thick of action for most of the match and his cross shot in the 34th minute caught Hassan Sunny by surprised, but the latter recovered in time to save the ball on the goal-line.

Warriors could have taken the lead going into the half-time interval but Erwan Gunawam’s shot from close range which was destined to the back of the net was blocked by Prime League player Wyldan Wisam in the six yards box.

The match opener came 12 minutes after the restart when 38-year old Noor Ali whipped in a sublime cross from the left which was finish off by Milojevic’s glancing header to the bottom corner.

Trailing by a goal, Weaver brought on Matthew Abraham and Hafsyar Farkhan for Japanese duo Tatsuro Inui and Shimper Sakurada. But the changes did not have its intended effect as they conceded two more goals in the match.

Milojevic, nicked the ball over the defence onto Kaplan’s path via the outstep of his boots and with only the goalkeeper to beat, the Slovakian made no mistake as he doubled his team lead in the 64th minute.

The match was over and done with six minutes later as Stefan once again was too hot to handle by the Warriors defence, playing a superb grounder to the six yards box and Kaplan with the simplest of tap ins to seal the victory for his side.

Although three goals down, Warriors was still surging forward to find a goal, but despite advancing to the final third they were not able to find a way past the in-form Ito, who denied Sufian Anuar and Hafsyar in the closing stages of the match.

The win moved the Eagles to ninth spot on 28 points, three points behind Warriors who is currently leading the second tier league table in seventh position.

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