Goals from Michael King and Jozef Kapláň sees the Young Lions come unstuck against Geylang United leaving them rooted at the foot of the table
In front of a crowd of 464 at the Jalan Besar Stadium, the Young Lions started the game without star forward Jonathan Toto but begun the first half the brighter of the two sides.
Their first chance on goal came on ten minutes, after the Eagles’ midfielder Jozef Kapláň fouled Sherif El-Masri just outside the penalty area. The chance however was wasted as Sherif who took the resulting freekick shot straight into the Geylang wall.
The Young Lions almost broke the deadlock 13 minutes later, but Benjamin Lee’s header went just wide of the right post, after some good work by Sherif on the left flank.
However, Geylang soon settled into the game and almost took the lead on 20 minutes after they counter-attacked from a Young Lions corner, but Kapláň’s eventual shot on goal went agonisingly wide.
Six minutes later there was another missed opportunity for Geylang as Michael King’s left-footed shot beat Young Lions goalkeeper Syawan Buhari, but unluckily hit the inside of post. King had expertly controlled the ball and escaped the attention of Hafiz Sujad to make the shot but to no avail.
However the Eagles’ efforts eventually paid off as the deadlock was broken on 34 minutes, thanks to King. The Englishman’s freekick was deflected into the back of the net by the Young Lions wall after the set-piece was won for a strong challenge on teammate Mun Seung Man.
In an attempt to get something out of the game, Young Lions threw on forward Shahfiq Ghani for fresh ideas upfront, replacing Haniff Shadique at the start of the second half.
The substitution almost paid off as just under the hour mark, Shahfiq’s expertly taken freekick was pushed away comfortably by Geylang keeper Yazid Yasin.
The Young Lions continued to search for the elusive equalizer and Sherif remained their bright spark.
He missed two golden opportunities, the first on 54 minutes when he unselfishly passed on to his captain Hafiz instead of shooting, and again, six minutes when his header from Aqhari Abdullah’s freekick went just wide.
However Young Lions’s hopes of securing any points were laid to rest after Jozef Kapláň made it 2-0 to Geylang on 76 minutes. Kapláň scored with a free header following an excellent freekick from Basil Teo, condemning the Young Lions to yet another defeat and leaving them rooted at the bottom of the S.League table.