S-League: Eagles too eager

S-League: Eagles too eager
Tanjong Pagar players celebrating a goal during the Great Eastern Yeo's S-League 2013 match.

Geylang International coach V Kanan had every reason to be annoyed after his side's 1-1 draw with Tanjong Pagar last night at the Queenstown Stadium.

The Eagles were on course for their first win in five Great Eastern-Yeo's S-League matches, thanks to Shotaro Ihata's 62nd-minute goal, until two incidents in the final three minutes of the game turned three points into one.

First, Geylang were denied what looked a legitimate goal in the 87th minute after Jozef Kaplan coolly latched onto a superb pass from Stefan Milojevic to slot the ball home.

But referee Leow Thiam Hoe disallowed the goal after his assistant Daniel Wong flagged for offside.

Three minutes later, the Eagles shot themselves in the foot when they poured forward for an attack and left themselves exposed at the back.

Kamel Ramdani put the finishing touch on a slick Tanjong Pagar move for a last-minute equaliser.

Kanan was clearly frustrated after the match.

"Everybody said he wasn't offside, but the linesman did," said Kanan, of Kaplan's disallowed goal.

"But we also have ourselves to blame. Everybody went forward for that late counter-attack, including Nori (Japanese defender Norihiro Kawakami).

"We didn't need to do that. We were leading 1-0, that was enough for three points. But we lost the ball and Tanjong Pagar scored.

"Maybe my players thought a second goal would give them extra points."

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