News • May 1, 2016

Eagles Shock Wasps To Return To Winning Ways


Written by: Marcus Mustapha

Geylang International FC shocked defending champions Brunei DPMM FC 2-1 at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berkas on Saturday night to end a five-game winless streak.

The visitors were on the back foot early on as the Brunei side were looking forward to bounce back from last week’s defeat against the current Singapore League (S-League) leader Albirex Niigata FC (S).

Paulo Sergio returned for Brunei DPMM FC following a one match suspension and the striker created a number of chances but was denied each time by Geylang’s goalkeeper Syazwan Buhari.

Brilliant play between Helmi Zambin and Sergio resulted in Maududi Helmi Kasmi being set free at the near post, but captain Faritz Hameed made a vital block to keep Geylang in the game.

The Brunei side created a lot of chances in the first twenty minutes, but they could not find way past Geylang custodian Syazwan.

Geylang occasionally hit Brunei DPMM FC with counter attacks and their first real chance came in the 19th minute when Gabriel Quak set Sahil Suhaimi into the penalty area but the latter fired his shot just wide.

Azwan Ali made a beautiful run down Geylang right flank, skipping past few defenders but the winger fired the ball wastefully wide.

The visitors instead got ahead in the 29th minute as the Brunei side caught napping, allowing Shawal Anuar to put the ball past Wardun Yussof after being given a plenty of space to shoot.

The host responded just a minute later through Sergio who struck the framework with his header following a cross from the left.

Brunei DPMM FC came out in the second-half to look for an equalizer and Sergio came close to find the net when was given plenty of space to shoot from outside the penalty box but his attempt went wide.

Geylang were defending very well to keep their 1-0 lead and it prompted Brunei DPMM FC head coach Steve Kean to make a number of changes.

Striker Shahrazen Said was brought in for Azwan Ali, meanwhile, defender Najib Hj Tarif made way for midfielder Mohd Hendra Azam Mohd Idris as they look to bolster their attack.

The changes paid off almost immediately when they were awarded the penalty just a few minutes later when Sergio was brought down forcefully by Faritz inside the penalty box.

Ramazotti stepped up to convert the penalty to score his sixth goal of the season for the Brunei side.

DPMM went out to look for the winner in the final 20 minutes but it was Geylang who found the net, when Faritz’s shot from distance deflected off defender before making its way into the net.

Brunei DPMM FC coach Steve Kean: “We created like eight to nine chances in the first-half. And that has been really the pattern that we repeated tonight from last week’s game against Albirex where we have most of the chances but we found ourselves behind,”

Geylang International FC head coach Hasrin Jailani: “It was very hard win for us, it was not easy to come to Brunei and play against a good team,”

“I think they come at us in the first-half in the first 20 minutes, but that was the plan, we made sure that we were able to hold them with our defensive organisation.”

Brunei DPMM: Wardun Yussof (GK), Yura Indera Putera, Brian McLean, Helmi Zembin, Azwan Salleh, Azwan Ali, Najib Tarif, Maududi Helmi, Rosmin Kamis (C), Paulo Sergio, Rafael Ramazzotti

Geylang International: Syazwan Buhari (GK), Yuki Ichikawa, Shariff Samad, Daniel Bennett, Fritz Hameed (C), Safirul Sulaiman, Gabriel Quak, Carlos Delgado, Shawal Anuar, Branko Cubrilo, Sahil Suhaimi