Singapore Premier League • October 5, 2015

Steinebrunner Singles Out Hat-trick Hero Castanheira For Praise


Written By: Kenneth Ho

Geylang International coach Jorg Steinebrunner heaped praise on Bruno Castanheira after he scored three times to help the Eagles beat Courts Young Lions 3-2.

The first goal by Castanheira was especially spectacular, as he struck a first-time effort into the top corner following Mustaqim Manzur’s corner to cancel out Jordan Webb’s 25th-minute opener.

Castanheira would score twice more, with another exquisite goal in the 59th minute before sealing the win for Geylang in the 77th minute.

The Japanese also missed several more chances but Steinebrunner was evidently satisfied with his performance.

“The first goal from Bruno was a contender for goal of the year, and the second one was nice too,” Steinebrunner said with a satisfied look.

“He could have five goals… but I am happy with three.”

Steinebrunner however felt that his side had made things difficult for themselves by conceding simple goals.

For the Eagles to climb off the foot of table, the Geylang coach insisted that this had to change over the next few games.

“We cannot play 20 minutes good and then have five minutes with the foot off the gas pedal,” he added.

“In this league, it’s very competitive, and when you go five games without a point, it becomes more difficult.

“Every game you have to try and get a point. The win is good for us, we are in touching distance of Young Lions and Harimau Muda.”

Young Lions coach Juergen Raab once again felt let down by his side’s defending, as his side squandered away a lead for the second consecutive game.

In their previous match, the Young Lions had led 2-1 against Hougang United in the 49th minute but they conceded in the 73rd minute to settle for a draw.

It will be Raab’s priority to sort out their defensive deficiencies over the international break, with the squad not playing till two weeks later.

“We make easy mistakes, and then you have to say we must learn much things,” Raab shared.

“They don’t get the reward for their attacking performance and they must learn how to concentrate in defence”

“That was not case in this match and that’s why we lost.”