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  • August 23, 2013
  • • 19:30
  • • Bedok Stadium, Singapore
  • Referee: M. Taqi

Rosman strikes late winner for Rams against Eagles

Rosman strikes late winner for Rams against Eagles

Chegu Thamrin

The left-back prodded home from close range in the dying seconds to seal victory against their opponents, who had gone down to 10 men after finding a second-half equaliser

Friday night’s televised match at Jalan Besar Stadium proved a real show-stopper, with Woodlands Wellington finally finding a winner in stoppage-time to down a ten-man Geylang International side 2-1.

Geylang had been left short-handed after 74 minutes when Mohd Noor Ali was sent off for an incident involving a Woodlands player near the touchline that referee Muhd Taqi Jahari might have missed, only to have his attention drawn to its severity by fourth official Jansen Foo.

Noor Ali, the 38-year-old veteran, had been instrumental in Geylang’s second-half revival after his team had struggled for control of the game in the opening 45 minutes.

With Andrew Tan coming on for Duncan Elias at half-time and Noor winding back the years with a vintage performance down the left flank, the Eagles were just beginning to look potential winners against a Rams side placed well above them on the ladder.

Woodlands led from a well-taken goal by their in-form Korean striker Chang Jo Yoon after 29 minutes, the lanky forward running onto a precision pass from deep by star man, Moon Soon Ho before switching feet and lining up a shot from 12 yards that beat goalkeeper Takuma Ito all the way.

Woodlands had withstood some spirited work by Geylang to that point, but once in front looked capable of going on with it.

The half-time changes wrought by Eagles coach Vedhamuthu Kanan put his side much more in contention and they fashioned a nice equaliser in the 50th minute.

Noor crossed from the left, deep to the far post and Jozef Kaplan, unattended, was able to direct a header exactly where he wanted it to go - into the left corner of the net.

At 1-1, Geylang had a chance of pulling off an upset and they almost made it 2-1 seven minutes later.

A great run through from deep by Noor caught the Woodlands defense out on the blind side just to the left of the area, which led to a ball sent square to Kaplan for what looked a certain goal.

But Kaplan, the most revered player in the Geylang team and their much-admired captain, somehow managed to put his shot wide of the right post.

In a game of many misses, that was arguably the worst.

There were moments of concern for defenders at both ends for much of the game, some good saves, especially from Ito and some bad misses, by Moon and Stefan Milojevic among the notable ones.

In the end a corner on the right in stoppage-time for the Rams led to the winner.

Swung over by Atsushi Shimono, the ball deflected off a couple of heads in the goalmouth and reached Chang out on the left.

Chang’s low ball back in was turned past Ito by the foot of Rosman Sulaiman, the big defender having come up for the corner as the clock ticked down.