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Balestier Frustrated As Late Goals Cancel Out

For 80 long minutes on Sunday evening, Balestier Khalsa were wondering just what they had to do to take the lead against the Courts Young Lions as they comfortably held their hosts at Jalan Besar off.

They must therefore have thought they had done the job when Patrick Paranjody slammed a shot home from off a corner, but there was to be no joy for them in the end as a Faris Ramli free kick just two minutes later restored parity.

Parity is seldom the same as equality where football is concerned, and in many ways this match was one such, Balestier looking the better side in terms of both skill and purpose.

Yet Tigers coach Darren Stewart had a point when he remarked that his team would not have deserved the win had they got it, as his charges failed to show the superior organisation that would have taken their opponents apart.

The Young Lions came into the match dead short on personnel, as National Football Academy trainee Anumanthan Mohan Kumar was brought in to shore up the midfield alongside Shamil Sharif.


PRIME LEAGUE: Balestier Pounce On Chances To Go Top

Football is all about capitalising on the chances presented, and Balestier Khalsa deservingly romped to their second victory on home soil for doing just that when they beat SAFFC at Toa Payoh Stadium on Monday evening.

Junior Tigers coach Kevin Wee had stressed the importance of doing well in the first three matches of the team’s campaign, and his charges showed how well they understood that when they took the lead in the fourth minute.

Slack defending in the visitors’ box allowed an unmarked Fahmi Ishak to half-volley past Zainol Gulam and place the hosts in the lead, following a well-taken Nur Asyidiq Sukarto free kick from the right flank.

Nur Asyidiq was proving accurate with his dead-ball deliveries, and his usefulness was shown again two minutes later when Tzu-Ming Casteels came within inches of heading home his second goal of the campaign off the former’s delivery.

Balestier did make it 2-0 inside ten minutes, though, as Nur Asyidiq converted with a 30-yard piledriver.


The Tigers Fell at Bedok

Balestier Khalsa fell to Geylang United after a disappointing first half. The Eagles were up to it and were the more determined side; Evidently they were out to make up for their poor results in recent games. Geylang took the lead early within 10 minutes of the game, by British Midfielder, Rhema Obed. Two more goals scored by Geylang's Michael King and Jozef Kaplan in the 22 and 83 minutes respectively. Balestier captain, Paul Cunningham, pulled one back in the dying minutes of the game. Red card: Syed Thaha (41") Balestier.

After the match, Coach Darren Stewart said, “I feel okay … it just wasn’t our day. We got back into the game in the second half … but we have to move on. I am still very happy to be where we are, there’s nothing to be disappointed about; it’s football.”

It was a passionately contested match and that resulted in injuries to a couple of players; Geylang #6 Shahril Alias and Balestier #21 Kim Minho were sent to hospital, while Balestier captain #5 Paul Cunningham required stitches. We wish them a speedy recovery.

BKFC would like to thank the fans for their unstinting support at the match despite the defeat.

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