Eagles romp to victory over Warriors

The hosts outclassed the uniformed giants in a dominant display as they registered a morale-boosting 3-0 victory, with captain Jozef Kaplan leading the way with a brace

Geylang International surprised Warriors FC with a 3-0 win at Bedok Stadium on Friday evening, all of their goals coming in a second-half that they dominated.

Captain Jozef Kaplan and strike partner Stefan Milojevic were the stars of the show, combining brilliantly to run amok as they accounted for all three goals.

There was no hint of what was to come during a tightly-contested first-half though, as both sides tended to nullify one another.

Geylang were doing plenty of the attacking, however, with national goalkeeper Hassan Sunny kept busy for much of the opening 45 minutes.

Jalal sent over a teasing cross that needed only the slightest of touches by any Geylang player to tuck away in a goalmouth bereft of Warriors defenders in the ninth minute, before Yasir Hanapi dragged a shot wide five minutes later.

While the Warriors barely troubled Eagles custodian Takuma Ito, tame shots from Shi Jiayi and Shukor Zailan the best they could offer, Geylang almost got their noses in front in the dying stages of the first half.

Stringing some good passes together in their approach play, Milojevic was set up for a shot inside the six-yard box, only for Hassan to get down well to smother his determined attempt.

After the break, Geylang continued to frustrate the Warriors, who could make no headway going forward .The home team, inspired by the clever wing-play of both assistant-coach and former SAFFC star Mohd Noor Ali, together with the vastly experienced Jalal, kept the Warriors defenders busy.

Noor Ali, out wide on the left, produced a superb cross in the 57th minute that swerved away from Hassan as it continued its journey into the six-yard area. Milojevic emerged from the ruck to power home a header into the roof of the net to give Geylang the lead, and there was nothing the otherwise impeccable Hassan could do about it.

Warriors coach Alex Weaver reacted by bringing on youngsters Hafsyar Farkhan and Matthew Abraham in place of the more seasoned Japanese pair of Shimpei Sakurada and Tatsuro Inui in the 61st minute, but it was not enough.

Five minutes later,Milojevic, giving lie to the notion that Kaplan and him did not complement one another, for all their innate skills, released his Slovakian team mate on the right. His tall and versatile captain did the rest, sliding his shot across Hassan and in at the far post to make it 2-0.

The Warriors were not looking like a side capable of pegging those two goals back and so it proved in the 70th minute.

Milojevic intercepted a stray pass and fed Kaplan, who had a simple tap-in to make it 3-0.

Kaplan later hit the post from another Noor Ali cross in the 82nd, wasting his hat-trick chance.

A one-handed save by Hassan in stoppage-time also denied Milojevic the chance of a brace, as Warriors pushed Marin Vidosevic forward in an effort to limit the damage, all to no avail.