News • August 12, 2016
Wasps Salvage A Point Against Eagles
Written by: Ryan Low
Defending Great Eastern-Yeo’s S.League champions Brunei DPMM remained in third spot after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Geylang International at Bedok Stadium on Thursday night.
Geylang had taken the lead in the first half through Roberto Camarasa, but DPMM produced a spirited fightback after the break and eventually got a share of the spoils through substitute Azwan Ali.
The home side settled into things pretty quickly and opened the scoring after just five minutes, with Camarasa’s header from Sahil Suhaimi’s inswinging corner proving too hot for DPMM goalkeeper Wardun Yussof to handle.
The Eagles almost doubled their lead seven minutes later with Shawal Anuar going through on goal, but Wardun did well to close down the former.
Geylang continued to create opportunities upfront, with Sahil Suhaimi and Stanely Ng both going close before DPMM managed to find their first shot on target through Azwan Salleh.
Trailing 1-0 at half time, DPMM coach Steve Kean swooped to bring on Azwan Ali and Shahrazen Said for Maududi Hilmi and Adi Said for the second 45 minutes.
That gave the Wasps more attacking impetus as they began to find more joy in the attacking third.
Rosmin Kamis – pushed up into midfield after playing as a centre-back in the first half – lashed just wide from the edge of the box, before Hendra Azam forced Geylang custodian Syazwan Buhari into a sprawling save.
The defending champions finally got the equaliser that they craved for 19 minutes before the end. Both substitutes were involved, with Shahrazen skinning his marker before squaring across for Azwan Ali to fire home first-time past a helpless Syazwan.
Kean’s side almost stole all three points late on through a goalmouth scramble, but Daniel Bennett was on hand to stop the ball from going over the line.
Both sides eventually had to settle for the draw, which was perhaps a good reflection of how the game went.
Geylang International head coach Hasrin Jailani: “We played well in the first half and created a few chances, which we should have put into the net.
“In the second half, we dipped and their goal came out of the blue. We could have defended better and cleared the ball away, instead of letting it bobble around.
“A top-three finish is still on target. Now we need to start winning and we need maximum points from our last six games. Our next game is against Albirex (Niigata (S)) and hopefully (the injured) Mark Hartmann come back in time to play.”
Brunei DPMM head coach Steve Kean: “We were very poor in the first half. Normally we are closer to the opposition but we made it quite easy for Geylang to play.
“We changed from a back five to a back four in the second half, got an extra player in midfield to dictate play and had the better chances. The substitutes also made a big difference; Azwan Ali came back into form and Shahrazen is always a handful with his power.”
“It was a good comeback and we were quite disappointed not to nick the three points in the end.”
Geylang International: Syazwan Buhari (GK), Anders Aplin, Yuki Ichikawa, Isa Halim (C) (Shahfiq Ghani 81’), Daniel Bennett, Faritz Hameed, Stanely Ng, Carlos Delgado (Nor Azli Yusoff 81’), Shawal Anuar, Sahil Suhaimi (Gabriel Quak 73’), Roberto Camarasa
Brunei DPMM: Wardun Yussof (GK), Rosmin Kamis (C), Brian McLean, Azwan Salleh, Hendra Azam (Azim Izamuddin 82’), Najib Tarif, Maududi Hilmi (Azwan Ali 46’), Helmi Zambin, Rafael Ramazotti, Adi Said (Shahrazen Said 46’), Yura Indera Putera