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  • July 19, 2013
  • • 20:00
  • • Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore
  • Referee: W. Ravisanthiran

Eagles cut down by late Rosmin winner from set-piece

Eagles cut down by late Rosmin winner from set-piece

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A Geylang International side missing several key players finally caved in from an 81st minute free-kick from the Wasps captain.

A resolute Geylang International defence finally crumbled nine minutes before the end of the match as they succumbed to a 1-0 defeat against Brunei DPMM on Friday night at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

The Eagles were welcoming back Stefan Milojevic from a long lay-off but were still missing four key players, Delwinder Singh and Fabian Kwok who were out injured, and the suspended duo of Khayrulhayat Jumat and captain Jozef Kaplan. 

Coach V.Kanan played Shotaro Ihata as the lone striker but the former Home United was not having the best of matches and was constantly losing the ball easily and failed to connect well with the rest of the teammates.

The Bruneians were also having problems of their own on and off the pitch as coach Vjeran Simunic had to bark instruction from the stands as he was serving his suspension following his sending-off in the previous match against Tanjong Pagar. 

But even without their colourful coach, the Wasps played better compared to their previous two matches, a loss to Woodlands and a draw with Jaguars. 

The visitors were missing lanky defender Tales Dos Santos at the back, who is still recuperating from an injury, but there was not much work for the backline as the Eagles were toothless upfront.

It was a frustrating night for Simunic’s men as they were guilty of squandering several golden opportunities in the match, namely by Joao Moreira and Arturas Rimkevicious. 

The Eagles could have taken the lead in the first minute of injury time in the first-half but Taufiq Ghani headed straight into the palm of Wardun Yussof inside the six-yard box.

After the half-time interval, it was a pretty balanced match but DPMM looked the more threatening side whenever they ventured forward. 

DPMM's perseverance paid off in the 81st minute when Basil Teo needlessly gave away a freekick near the Eagles penalty box.

Captain Rosmin Kamis delicately sent the ball to the top corner and it ricocheted off the bar before hitting the back of Geylang custodian Takuma Ito and into the back of the net, securing all three points for the visitors.