Singapore Cup Match Preview: Woodlands Wellington vs Geylang International
By Deepanraj Ganesan on 26 May 2014
The preliminary round of Singapore’s top knockout competition, the 2014 RHB Singapore Cup, kicks off on Tuesday for the Eagles as they are visitors to the Woodlands Stadium to face Woodlands Wellington.
Both teams are in Pool A, which comprises of Harimau Muda, Tampines Rovers, Tanjong Pagar United, Hougang United, Warriors FC and Balestier Khalsa. With both sides languishing in mid table, the Singapore Cup is realistically both sides’ avenue to win silverware this season.
The Singapore Cup is a competition that Geylang International and in particular, Jorg Steinebrunner has been looking forward to. The German has tasted cup success before in Singapore, having won the inaugural League Cup when he was coach of Woodlands Wellington in 2007. In the following year, he led the side to a place in the Singapore Cup final. Speaking to EAGLES TV ahead of kick-off the Head Coach said: “The cup is always a special occasion and I have had good memories in cup competitions in Singapore.”
The Eagles will name Siddiq Durimi in goal as he replaces Joey Sim in the starting line-up while midfielder Fabian Kwok is set to return to the starting 11 after sitting out the previous match with a stomach bug.
The fixture will prove to be a welcome distraction for Geylang International due their bad run of results in the league. The Eagles have fallen to three consecutive defeats to Albirex Niigata, Warriors FC and most recently Home United. Speaking about their form, the German said: “The results have not gone our way but our performance has been good enough to get the results. We have not been finishing our chances but we will put it right and be more clinical.”
Meanwhile, Woodlands Wellington have recovered from a surprising loss to Harimau Muda, holding Hougang United to a draw before beating Balestier Khalsa 2-1 in their last game. “It’s a one off game and Woodlands are a good team so we need to play with our usual style and go win it,” said Jorg as he talked about the tie.