Geylang salvage draw as Coto ends goal drought

Geylang International managed to secure a 1-1 draw on Friday evening at Choa Chu Kang Stadium and it was all thanks to Victor Coto... 

There was quiet discontent and while he may not have admitted it, the S.League's first-ever Costa Rican, Victor Coto, would have felt the pressure of his goal drought.

But last night, Coto got the proverbial monkey off his back, albeit after 257 minutes of action when his 77th-minute equaliser ensured that Geylang International salvaged a point in a 1-1 draw with Warriors FC at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium in the 2017 Great Eastern-Hyundai S.League on Friday evening.  

Coto got the proverbial monkey off his back, albeit after 257 minutes of action

Latching onto Shawal Anuar's flick-on, Coto ran with purpose into the box, cut inside Kento Fukuda before firing past goalkeeper Basil Chan.

"I always put pressure on myself and I think that's what keeps me on my toes," said a delighted Coto post game.

"After the first game (2-0 defeat to Hougang United), it was not the best of starts, losing and also not scoring.

"And then in the second game also I missed a chance so of course, this (scoring) is a plus but ultimately I want the team to win."

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It was an evenly-matched affair

Warriors coach Razif Onn accepted that the scoreline was a fair reflection of the contest, in his post-match conference.

He said: "To be fair, I thought it was an even game and.......they (Geylang) came back strong in the last 20-30 mins."

"In a high intensity game, you can't be indecisive....we didn't start well and we realised we had to play more direct. When we did that, we played better."

In a high intensity game, you can't be indecisive....we didn't start well and we realised we had to play more direct

- Warriors caocRazif Onn

Earlier in the game, Kento Fukuda, who was one of five former Eagles on the teamsheet for the Warriors, opened the scoring in the 55th minute when he lashed the ball into the net after a flick-on from Shahril Ishak's free-kick found its way to the Japanese.

The 26-year-old, who earlier this week celebrated the birth of a baby boy, was fittingly joined by his teammates for a classic "rock the baby" celebration, made famous by Brazilian Football legend Bebeto.

Warriors, who had Shaiful Esah missing due to an injury, felt the Singapore international's absence as they failed to get any control of midfield in the proceeding.

Meanwhile Geylang looked more sprightly after the introduction of Gabriel Quak and Amy Recha who came on in the second half.

Controversially, the Eagles were denied a goal in the 73rd minute when Shawal's sensational overhead kick hit the back of the net but the celebrations were cut short by the assistant referee's offside flag.

Geylang now have four points from three matches while Warriors remain unbeaten having secured a win and a draw from their two matches this season.

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