By Khidhir Kassim at the Jalan Besar Stadium
In front of 464 fans at the Jalan Besar Stadium, and in a match billed as a battle between the Great Eastern-YEO's S.League strugglers, it was the Eagles who claimed all three points after goals from Michael King and Jozef Kaplan.
Geylang were heading into Thursday's game on a low after being trashed by derby rivals Tampines 5-1 last Saturday, while the Young Lions earned themselves plenty of credit after only losing 1-0 to DPMM FC at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.
The game got off to a fairy lively start, with Young Lions captain Hafiz Abu Sujad and Aqhari Abdullah engaged in an enthralling battle against Eagles foreign duo Kaplan and King in the middle of the park.
Young Lions coach Robin Chitrakar decided to field Sherif El-Masri, Haniff Sadique and Faris Ramli in attack, and while the precocious trio shone in bursts, none of them failed to exert much pressure when the opposition defenders were in possession.
On the contrary, Geylang striker Mun Seung-man harrased the Young Lions defenders at every opportunity, and eventually won a freekick on the edge of the area in the 35th minute.
Up stepped King, who hit his shot with such force that it skidded off two defenders before flying past the wrong-footed Syazwan Buhari in goal.
Kaplan, who was deployed in an advanced role, was one of his side's more-impressive performers on the evening, outmuscling his younger opponents effortlessly and linking up well with his wingers.
And the Slovak was rewarded for his efforts two minutes from time when he added a second after getting the slightest of touches to Ang Zhiwei's freekick, sealing the Eagles' second win of the season and ensuring the Young Lions remained bottom of the pile for at least another week.