Geylang International recorded their first win in three matches in the S.League on Friday evening after beating Woodlands Wellington 2-1 at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
The Eagles got the game off to a blistering start and had two excellent chances to take the lead inside the opening ten minutes.
First, slack defending from the Rams allowed Leonel Felice to turn inside the box and fire a low shot away in the eighth minute, only for Yazid Yasin to deny him with a smart stop.
And two minutes later, Mustaqim Manzur’s dangerous cross was met by Kento Fukuda with a firm header that was headed for the top corner until Yazid produced a flying save to keep it out.
But there was no denying Geylang in the 12th minute when Hafiz Nor latched onto Fabian Kwok’s incisive pass and although his initial shot was saved onto the post by Yazid, Felice was on hand to volley home the rebound.
Six minutes after the half-hour mark, it was 2-0 after Joaquin Lopez pushed forward on the overlap and his cross was cleared only as far as to Kwok, who made no mistake in firing his shot into the back of the net.
The contest could have effectively ended shortly after halftime when the Eagles added a third when Fukuda beat the offside trap and squared the ball for Felice to tap home from close range, although the strike was questionably ruled out for offside.
Buoyed by that narrow escape, Woodlands began to show greater initiative to get back into the contest and a mix-up between Siddiq Durimi and Lopez nearly presented them an opportunity to do just that, but Fukuda raced back in time to clear Fadhil Noh’s looping header off the line.
Nonetheless, the Rams did pull one back a minute later when Fadhil ghosted in at the far post to meet an excellent freekick by Stefan Milojevic and steered his header into the bottom corner.
Still, despite their best efforts, Salim Moin’s charges were just unable to find the equaliser as Geylang played out the remainder of the contest to claim maximum points.
Geylang International: Siddiq Durimi, Ridhuan Muhammad (Khairulnizam Jumahat 80’), Yuki Ichikawa (Jalal 90’), Kento Fukuda, Joaquin Lopez, Shah Hirul, Franco Chivilo, Fabian Kwok, Hafiz Nor (Shawal Anuar 86’), Mustaqim Manzur, Leonel Felice.
Woodlands Wellington: Yazid Yasin, Zulkarnain Malik, Shahril Alias (Andy Ahmad 53’), Milos Jevtic, Oswind Suriya (Fadhil Noh 37’), Taufiq Ghani (Armanizam Dolah 61’), Atsushi Shimono, Rosman Sulaiman, Stefan Milojevic, Moon Soon-ho, Chang Jo-yoon.