News • February 21, 2016

Ten-Men Eagles Frustrate Wasps In Stalemate

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10-men Geylang International FC held defending champions Brunei DPMM to 1-1 draw on Saturday night at Bedok Stadium.

Substitute Sahil Suhaimi opened the scoring for the hosts in the 76th minute, but the Eagles were unable to hold on to their lead as the visitors equalised one minute later through Rafael Ramazotti.

The draw meant that both sides are still without a win in their Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League 2016 campaign and they would have felt that they should have won the game if not for their profligacy in front of goal.

The first 15 minutes of the game saw both sides struggled to get into the game as they failed to retain possession of the ball.

The match then saw its first clear-cut chance three minutes later when Maududi Hilmi broke down the left flank and sent in a teasing cross for Azwan Ali, who sent his shot well wide of the mark.

Azwan was guilty of missing another gilt-edged chance in the 38th minute when he volleyed over another one of Maududi’s cross.

The Eagles came out firing after the break though, and could have opened the scoring through Gabriel Quak, who made a surging run down the left flank before unleashing a powerful shot that was pushed away by Wasps custodian Wardun Yussof.

Geylang’s hopes of getting any out of the match took a huge blow when Amy Recha received a second yellow card for a late challenge that was deemed too reckless for the referee’s liking.

Despite going down to ten-man, the hosts refused to let their heads drop and broke the deadlock when a quick free-throw by Branko Cubrilo caught the DPMM defence napping. Sahil then stole in behind the defence to stab the ball home and give Geylang the lead.

However, the Eagles’ joy were shortlived when DPMM found the equaliser immediately after the restart.

This time, it was Geylang defence that were guilty of ball-watching as they allowed Ramazotti to nod the ball past Eagles custodian Syazwan Buhari from a cross.

The Eagles almost snatched all three points in stoppage time, but Wardun pulled off a spectacular save to deny Sahil’s free-kick that looked destined for the top left hand corner.

Brunei DPMM coach Steve Kean: “ Tonight, we had the better chances and should have been at least two goals up by half-time. Azwan Ali had two simple chances but he did not manage to score. Their keeper was also fantastic for saving Maududi’s shot in the first half.”

Geylang International FC coach Hasrin Jailani: “ I think we should have been smarter defensively. To concede a goal right after we have scored, we were not smart defensively. Maintaining our concentration and focus defensively was the most important thing after scoring a goal.”

Geylang International: Syazwan Buhari (GK), Yuki Ichikawa, Shariff Samat, Gabriel Quak (Sahil Suhaimi 61’), Daniel Bennett, Faritz Hameed, Stanely Ng (Safirul Sulaiman 73’), Branko Cubrilo , Amy Recha, Al-Qaasimy Rahman, Carlos Delgado (Indra Sahdan 83’)

Brunei DPMM: Wardun Yusof (GK), Sairol Sahari, Brian McLean, Azwan Salleh, Azwan Ali Rahman, Paulo Sergio, Maududi Kasmi, Rosmin Kamis (C), Helmi Zambin, Rafael Ramazotti, Yura Indera Puter