Match Report:
Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League 2015
30 October 2015 – Jalan Besar Stadium

Geylang International FC v Home United FC



Home United’s unbeaten run comes to an abrupt halt against Geylang International

Geylang International moved off the bottom of the Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League table with a determined display at Jalan Besar Stadium on Friday evening, coming from behind to defeat Home United 2-1. The result brought to an end the Protectors’ 10 game unbeaten streak in the league campaign.

Hyrulnizam’s sending off in the 84th minute marked the turning point in a game to forget for the visitors. The custodian rushed out in a bid to thwart Shawal Anuar’s advances on goal and clattered into the Geylang forward, leaving referee Jansen Foo little choice but to give Hyrulnizam his marching orders for a straight red.Home United Head Coach Philippe Aw took a different view of the incident, but accepted the decision. “I think it was 50-50,” Aw said. “It’s hard to say as we had Abdil on the other side. But the referee makes the decision and we live by it.”

The decision meant that having used up all three substitutions at that point, Abdil Qaiyyim went between the sticks as stand-in goalkeeper. The game was perched precariously in the balance at 1-1, Ambroise Begue giving his side the lead late in the first half before Geylang equalised from a corner through Kento Fukuda in the 63rd minute.

Aw will rue his side’s missed chances, Stanely and Ilsø denied by the crossbar in the second half. The near misses fuelled a growing belief in Steinebrunner’s charges as they grew stronger in the second half and probed their opponents in search of a winner.

The breakthrough came at the death, as Geylang skipper Jozef Kaplan barged into the penalty area and sent a cross low across the goalmouth for Bruno Castanheira to poke in past a hapless defence and complete the turnaround as Geylang International ran out 2-1 winners against a Home United side that failed to take their chances.

Coach Philippe Aw admitted that his side did not capitalise on their chances in the second half, failing to put the tie to bed. “In the first half we totally dominated proceedings, we came into the second half and we had chances to finish off the game. I felt we needed the second goal to finish it off.”

“Somehow or rather it didn’t come, we missed chances, hitting the bar and then just because of one set-piece we got punished. So thereafter at 1-1 we still dominated, and were still chasing the game,” he added

Aw conceded that the team could have been better defensively. “I felt we were a bit unorganised at 1-1 and that’s how the red card came about. And at the end of the day when you put a centre-back as goalkeeper there’s little he can do as a keeper.”

He also insisted that the team as a whole was culpable for the result, saying “In the end we didn’t fall back as a team and allowed the counter-attack to come.”

“The first goal came from a corner, it was from a counter-attack that led to a corner, and we got punished for it.”

Looking forward, the manager set his sights on the next game against Harimau Muda. “The good thing is we have a game on Monday, that’s two days away.”

Aw hinted at having to rotate his team to account for the proximity of the coming fixtures. “After such a loss you want to get back straightaway but of course there’s the fatigue factor. We have games coming up on Monday, Thursday and Sunday.”

“Like I said, at the start of the season, the strength of the team is every single player. So the rest of the players will now have to step up.”

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