Albirex Niigata 5-0 Geylang International: Albirex assert dominance over Geylang with a five star performance to continue winning streak

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Captain Wataru Murofushi’s 17th minute goal on the edge of the penalty box signalled the beginning, of a scintillating performance from Albirex.

With Albirex entering the game on a high after their 6-1 demolition of Home United in their previous game, it was no secret that it was going to be an uphill battle for Geylang.

While the champions have been dominant this season, The Eagles on the other hand have been on a dismal run of form and are rooted to the bottom of the table with only a point collected.

The game started off brightly for the away side with Fumiya Kogure seeing his shot sail over the bar in the fourth minute after good possession play from Geylang.

However their influence waned and Albirex began threatening, first, with a free-kick in the 13th minute which was perfectly lofted into the penalty area and only lacking a connection.

And four minutes later, due to some excellent footwork from midfielder Taku Morinaga combining with his peers, the ball ultimately landed onto the feet of Captain Murofushi who rifled past goalkeeper Basil Chan to put his side ahead.

Morinaga would prove to be a menace for the Geylang defence due to his constant combination with Murofushi and his direct running.

Geylang’s backline marshalled by Captain; Zulfadli Zainal struggled to hold firm against the Albirex onslaught.

The men in green and white failed to get out of their half as the 21st minute saw winger Kenya Takahashi miss the chance to double Albirex’s lead, with his effort going wide.

In the 30th minute Takahashi redeemed himself as he past the opposing defender by the by-line, before striking the ball in what appeared to be a cross-cum shot that put his team 2-0 ahead.

The second half saw a repeat of the same narrative in the first half with The Eagles starting well before struggling. Their frustrations soon manifested when Ryan Syaffiq earned a yellow card for a rash tackle in the 67th minute.

Four minutes later saw intricate play between Murofushi and Shuhei Hoshino outside the penalty box, before the burly striker laid it off for Morinaga, who with a swing of his boot had increased his team’s advantage to 3-0.

By now the White Swans were in total control and their opponents’ exhaustion caused them to make errors. A defensive lapse at the back for the Eagles allowed Hoshino to pounce and he duly scored in the 82nd minute.

Conclusively the icing on the cake for Albirex came in the form of Ayujiro Yamanaka’s goal three minutes later when the Geylang rear-guard was caught out. By now Geylang’s lethargy had become obvious, thus condemning them to a sixth successive defeat to the current champions.

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Albirex would have one last crack at goal in injury time when Adam Swandi’s skill bamboozled two Geylang defenders before he slipped a pass to Hoshino, who with the goal at his mercy, missed.

With this result, Albirex maintain their position at the top of the table establishing an eight point lead over Tampines Rovers.  Separately Geylang will remain at the bottom putting immense pressure on Coach Hirotaka Usui.

Albirex Niigata will take on Hougang United next on the 6th of May while Geylang International will face Young Lions on the 9th of May.

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