Refreshed Eagles Keen To Get Back On Winning Ways
By Eagles Admin on 20 July 2015
The last encounter between Geylang International FC and Harimau Muda was at the Hang Jebat Stadium and the pulsating fixture ended in a shocking 2-1 defeat for the Eagles. However, this time round, the relatively in-form Geylang side, will be keen to resume the second-half of the S.League season with three points, as they play hosts to Harimau Muda in a live’ televised match at the Jalan Besar Stadium on 24th July 2015.
The Eagles have enjoyed a slightly better form in the recent weeks, than at the start of their season. The S.League took a break in June for ‘The New Paper League Cup 2015’ competition and the Bedok-based club were unbeaten in the group stages, but were unfortunate to be eliminated in the Semi-Finals by eventual champions, Albirex Niigata (S) FC via a 3-0 score-line.
Geylang Head Coach, Jorg Steinebrunner said, “Despite being eliminated in the League Cup, there were many positives to be highlighted. One of them is certainly being the tied top goal scoring team alongside the runners-up, Balestier Khalsa FC, by netting 10 goals.
The League Cup run was certainly a morale booster to the team as the attacking quartet of Hafiz Nor, Tatsuro Inui, Bruno Castanheira and Jozef Kaplan, finally found their groove in front of goal.
Eagles’ captain, Jozef netted two goals in the cup tournament, whilst, Hafiz clinched his first Geylang’s career hat-trick against Singapore Recreation Club. As for the Japanese duo, Tatsuro accumulated five assists, while Bruno scored five goals in the course of the competition.
With better movement upfront alongside a sharper eye for goal, Geylang has scored an average of two goals in their past eight games. It is imminent that the Eagles will definitely be hungry for more goals, to better their current goal difference at negative one.
“We still want to play entertaining and attacking football, but we need to have a good defensive set-up, first,” Jorg said. “We need to be tighter in defence and avoid giving away unnecessary goals, to aim for a top four finish.”
Geylang International are currently seventh in the league standings with 12 points from 11 games. On the other hand, Harimau Muda are just a spot below the Eagles.
The Malaysian development squad are currently in eighth place and have managed to illustriously chalk up , 10 points in seven games.
The Young Tigers started the season, stuttering to back-to-back defeats. Nevertheless, they etched a three game winning streak in April with surprising yet hard-earned victories, against Courts Young Lions, Home United and Geylang International.
Harimau Muda then, concluded their first-half of the season, with an emphatic 3-3 draw against Hougang United to extend their unbeaten streak to four games, before they departed for their centralized training in preparation for the prestigious 28th South-East Asian Games competition.
Young Tigers’ Head Coach, Razip Ismail’s charges have dug themselves out from the foot of the table and will be looking forward to continue where they have left off, in attempt to extend their winning run, if they beat the Eagles.
The Malaysians’ top scorer is surprisingly a midfielder: Ridzuan Abdunloh, who has netted three times in the league with 6 other team-mates closing in behind with one goal apiece.
Harimau Muda will be giving their all and no doubt be gunning for a win. However, they do have one major setback to deal with before the kick-off.
Coach Razip Ismail will have to cope with the absence of his outstanding custodian, Ramdhan Hamid, who is suspended following a red card booking against Hougang. The superb shot-stopping goalkeeper has been one of the key reasons why the Young Tigers have only conceded two goals in their last three matches and, he will be sorely missed.
Fans can expect both clubs to serve up a similar exhilarating and entertaining action on the field this time too, as the Eagles and Young Tigers will engage in a vigorous battle, in bid to claw for the three vital points.