League Cup • July 18, 2014

Eagles Ready To Swoop In On White Swans

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StarHub League Cup Quarter-Final

Geylang International vs Albirex Niigata (S)

(July 18, Friday, 8.00pm, Jalan Besar Stadium)

Written by: Khalis Rifhan

Geylang International coach Jorg Steinebrunner promised that it will be an ‘entertaining’ game when his side square up against Albirex Niigata (S) in the StarHub League Cup quarter-final at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Friday.

The Japanese outfit ran out 4-2 winner when the two met earlier in the season but prior to that, both teams have recorded draw in their previous six meeting.

While the Eagles breezed through their group stage with wins over Tampines Rovers and Warriors FC, the White Swans struggled against Tanjong Pagar in their opening match before handing Police Sports Association a 13-0 drubbing.

“It should be a good game and fans will be in for a treat. If you want to win the League Cup, you have to take it as it comes. Football is about facing your opponents,” said Steinebrunner after their 4-0 win over Warriors in their final Group B match.

“What’s most important is whether we can win the heart of supporters by showing up in this game, compared to scoring more goals,” explained Albirex coach Tatsuyuki Okuyama after their victory over Police.

It will be an evenly matched game with both side known for their tactical discipline and stubborn defence.

Norihiro Kawakami will continue marshalling Albirex backline while the Eagles will depend on attacking duo Leonel Felice and Thorsten Schneider for goals.

A battle in the centre of midfield is expected between Fabian Kwok (Geylang) and Keisuke Ota (Albirex). Fabian is a tough nut to crack and Ota likes to wriggle his way through the middle before laying the ball to their forwards.

The winner of this match will meet the winner of the other quarter-final clash between Brunei DPMM and Woodlands Wellington in the semi-final.

Geylang International – WWLLL

15/7/14    Warriors FC 0-4 Geylang International (StarHub League Cup)

7/7/14      Geylang International 2-1 Tampines Rovers (StarHub League Cup)

2/7/14      Geylang International 1-0 (AET) (3-4p) Balestier Khalsa (RHB Singapore Cup QF 2nd Leg)

28/6/14   Balestier Khalsa 2-1 Geylang International (RHB Singapore Cup QF 1stLeg)

23/6/14   Hougang United 2-0 Geylang International

19/6/14   Geylang International 2-3 Harimau Muda

Albirex Niigata (S) – WLLLW

10/7/14    Albirex Niigata (S) 13-0 Police SA (StarHub League Cup Group A)

7/7/14      Tanjong Pagar United 4-0 Albirex Niigata (S) (StarHub League Cup Group A)

4/7/14      Brunei DPMM 2-1 Albirex Niigata (S) (RHB Singapore Cup QF 2nd Leg)

29/6/14    Albirex Niigata (S) 3-4 Brunei DPMM (RHB Singapore Cup QF 1st Leg)

22/6/14    Albirex Niigata (S) 4-2 Courts Young Lions