Five-star Geylang trump Rams; Balestier upset Warriors

Geylang International put in a brilliant display at the Woodlands Stadium on Tuesday to defeat Woodlands Wellington 5-1 in the first round of the Singapore Cup.

Khairulnizam Jumahat opened the scoring for the Eagles in the 15th minute when he pounced on the loose ball after Woodlands had cleared a freekick from Mustaqim Manzur, and sent a stunning 45-yard screamer into the top corner.

Three minutes after the half-hour mark, the visitors doubled their tally after Mustaqim was left in acres of space down the left and had all the time in the world to play a perfect cross for Leonel Felice to head home from two yards out.

Woodlands did manage to pull one back three minutes before halftime when Chang Jo-yoon sent Siddiq Durimi the wrong way from the spot, after they had won penalty following a foul on Moon Soon-ho by Jalal inside the area.

But five minutes into the second half, Geylang reclaimed their two-goal cushion when Mustaqim lined up a freekick on the left wing and produced a sublime effort that curled and dipped right into the far corner.

Just three minutes later, the contest was effectively over as the Eagles netted a fourth following a blistering counterattack; Aliff Shafaein playing a first-time ball to release Felice before racing into the box to meet the Argentine’s return cross and stabbing home from close range.

And in the 70th minute, the rout was completed after Rams captain Rosman Sulaiman let an over-the-top ball bounce, allowing Hafiz Nor to nip it and poke the ball past a hapless Yazid to cap off an outstanding performance from Jorg Steinebrunner’s charges.

Over at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium, Balestier Khalsa booked their place in the quarter-finals after claiming an upset 3-1 win over Warriors FC.

It took the Tigers just six minutes to open the scoring when Zulkiffli Hassim struck after the opposition defence had gone to sleep, but Warriors equalised on the stroke of halftime when Miroslav Pejic scored with a deflected freekick.

However, Balestier reclaimed the lead two minutes after the hour mark when Goran Ljubojevic pounced on a defensive error to score from close range, before Park Kang-jin sealed the win in the 78th minute with a sweetly-struck effort from outside the box.

Woodlands Wellington: Yazid Yasin, Goh Swee Swee (Andy Ahmad 46’), Bah Mamadou (Patrick Paran 72’), Milos Jevtic, Rosman Sulaiman, Atsushi Shimono, Armanizam Dolah, Shafuan Sutohmoh, Fadhil Noh (Farouq Farkhan 65’), Moon Soon-ho, Chang Jo-yoon.

Geylang International: Siddiq Durimi, Khairulnizam Jumahat, Kento Fukuda, Yuki Ichikawa, Jalal (Hamqaamal Shah 60’), Joaquin Lopez (Franco Chivilo 67’), Fabian Kwok, Ridhuan Muhammad, Aliff Shafaein (Hafiz Nor 60’), Mustaqim Manzur, Leonel Felice.


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