Geylang fail to win… again

Geylang International’s frustrating start to the 2016 S.League season continued on Friday night as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Home United.  

Geylang managed to come from behind twice against Home in an action-packed affair at the Jalan Besar Stadium, but were unable to find the decisive third goal to turn one point into three.

Incredibly this is the Eagles’ sixth draw in eight matches as they ended the one-third mark of the season with just one win to show for.

The televised game started at a frantic pace with Geylang coming close to breaking the deadlock on six minutes.

Safirul Sulaiman, given a rare start in the Eagles midfield, attempted to catch Home goalkeeper Hyrulnizam Juma’at off the line with an audacious 30-yard volley but the latter showed his athleticism by tipping the goalbound effort over.

Home showed how it should be done in the 15th minute, with Shamil Sharif’s cross from the right well met by Danish forward Ken Ilso as his header went in off the post to give his side the lead.  

Geylang recovered well though and duly levelled matters nine minutes later, with Stanely Ng firing home an opportunistic first-time strike from close range after Abdil Qaiyyim had made a mess of his clearance from Faritz Hameed’s right-wing cross.

Home would end the first half on top though, with Sirina Camara’s teasing low ball in from the left on 39 minutes causing all sorts of confusion in the Geylang box before Al-Qaasimy Rahman turned it into his own net.

Geylang refused to back down and restored parity for the second time of the night 38 seconds after the restart.

Forward Amy Recha collected a neat inward pass just outside the area, before firing a snapshot which evaded the outstretched left arm of Hyrulnizam to nestle in the bottom right corner.

The Eagles were on the ascendancy but failed to make a couple of chances count, with Gabriel Quak’s free-kick just finding the wrong side of the post.

The tempo of the game took a dip until the final 10 minutes where both sides threatened to find the winner.

Home goalscorer Ilso came the closest after firing a raking 20-yarder into the crossbar.

The final chance of the night fell to Khairul Nizam after he was put through on goal by substitute Aqhari Abdullah, but the Home forward dallied and found his resulting shot palmed wide by Syazwan.

“I’m not happy considering the cheap goals which we conceded, but it was a good overall performance,” said Home coach Philippe Aw.

“We made changes (from the last game) and put in a very young team together, especially the midfield pairing of Shamil and Syahiran (Miswan). We have to give opportunities to these young players and it takes time for them to settle in.”

Geylang head coach Hasrin Jailani said: “It was a game of two halves for me… we were quite bad in the first half, but we came back strongly in the second half.

“We got the (second) equaliser early and we thought we could get a win from there, but it wasn’t to be for us. It’s another draw for us, but I believe we can pick up strongly as the season goes along.”

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