Geylang International FC

Relief as Eagles Secure First Win

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Geylang International finally secure their first win of the season against Courts Young Lions at Bedok Stadium last evening. Leonel Felice’s early headed goal was enough to secure the all-important first three points for the Eagles.

The Eagles lost their opening matches against the Warriors, Home United and Tampines Rovers, but backed by a strong Bedok crowd and the appointment of new German head coach Jorg Steinebrunner, the Eagles came out all guns blazing as though they had a point to prove.

Hamqaamal Shah’s free kick in the third minute found Leonel Felice, who jumped high to head the ball past a hapless Syazwan Buhari into the far corner of the net.

Sherif El-Masri tried to level the score soon after, but his effort was denied by Joey Sim.

Jordan Webb was given an opportunity in the 20th minute when Japanese defender, Kento Fukuda, slipped at the crucial moment, allowing the Young Lions’ playmaker to advance towards goal; however, Joey Sim stood his position and made an excellent stop at the near post.

Hafiz Nor had a chance to score the Eagles’ second goal, but the winger failed to connect cleanly with the ball, allowing Syazwan Buhari to dive and save the ball at his feet.

Iqbal Hussain had an opportunity to equalise, but once again, the brilliant Joey Sim came to the Eagles’ rescue, this time saving with his legs.

At the stroke of half-time, it was the Eagles turn to miss a chance. Hamqaamal Shah’s in-swinging free kick found Joaquin Lopez at the far post but the defender’s looping header went inches wide.

Courts Young Lions piled on the pressure after the break in search of an equaliser and was given an early opportunity to score via a corner; but once again, Jordan Webb was the culprit as his header failed to find the target with Joey Sim beaten.

Geylang International had an opportunity to extend their lead in the 61st minute. Mustaqim Manzur’s pass found Leonel Felice, who chested the ball down brilliantly, but instead of pulling the trigger, his cut back was easily gathered by Syazwan Buhari.

Jordan Webb, who earlier had missed a few glorious opportunities, was then sent off in the dying minute of the match for elbowing Eagles’ goalkeeper Joey Sim while challenging for a high ball.

The Young Lions continued to apply the pressure late on, but Geylang International rode out the storm to secure their first win of the 2014 Great Eastern-Yeo’s S.League.

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