Garena Young Lions will be keen to follow up on their first win of the Great Eastern-Hyundai S.League season when they take on Geylang International FC at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Saturday night.
The developmental side put on a brave performance to clinch a 1-0 win over nine-time S.League champions Warriors FC a week ago.
Goalkeeper Zharfan Rohaizad shone in the last match, putting on a fine display between the sticks with Haiqal Pashia netting the winner in the 63rd minute.
Head coach Vincent Subramaniam was full of praise for his charges with the showing against their more illustrious opponents.
“We are all seasoned coaches, we handle wins and defeats but it means much more to the boys who played today,” he enthused after last Saturday’s match.
“You could see that the boys wanted the win so badly, especially after scoring the goal against Warriors FC. Yes, you come off lucky; there was a shot that came off the bar and the keeper made a few good saves. But at the end of the day, we won and it was a good result.”
With many writing off the Young Lions’ chances against Warriors, Subramaniam felt that the win has come at the right time for the boys.
“It was difficult for us and to come away with a win might be a surprise to many, but for us, we have been waiting for so long,” he noted.
“Geylang will be a tough team to play against but I’m sure with a win like that, the boys will be determined and believe they can go out there and get the win again.”
The last meeting between Young Lions and Geylang International FC was a close affair as it ended 2-1 in favour of the Eagles. Amy Recha and Victor Coto gave Geylang a two-goal advantage in the second half before Amirul Adli pulled back a goal for the Young Lions in the closing stages of the match.
The match between the Young Lions and Geylang International FC will kick off at 7.30pm at Jalan Besar Stadium on Saturday 21 October 2017.