Global Cebu FC of the Philippines advanced to the quarter-finals of the Singapore Cup with a dramatic 3-2 penalty shootout win over Geylang International on Wednesday evening at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
Former Tampines Rovers’ coach Akbar Nawas’ side progressed on spot kicks following a thrilling tie that ended in a 4-4 draw after Geylang hit back to level the tie in injury-time after coming back from 4-2 down.
RHB Singapore Cup 2017 (Preliminary Round) FULL-TIME at Jalan Besar Stadium – Geylang International 4-4 Global Cebu FC (Yuki Ichikawa 15', Victor Coto 45', Gabriel Quak 83', Ricardo Sendra 90'; Darryl Roberts 19' 39' 53', Mario Clarino 75') #GEYGLO Global wins 3-2 on penalties. Congratulations to Global for progressing to the quarter-finals!
Geylang had opened the scoring in just the 15th minute when defender Yuki Ichikawa rose above Global keeper Patrick Deyto to glance in a hanging cross from Safirul Sulaiman after his initial corner had been cleared.
The Philippine side hit back almost immediately through Trinidadian striker Darryl Roberts when he was he on the spot to deflect a mishit shot from Misagh Bahadoran home from near the penalty spot.
Roberts then grabbed his second of the night from the penalty spot six minutes before the break after Al-Qaasimy Rahman was adjudged to have fouled the rangy striker in the box.
The lead didn’t last long however, as Victor Coto fired home an equaliser for the Eagles via a post after good work from Al-Qaasimy.
The Busmen took control of the tie after the break, Roberts grabbing a hat-trick when he knocked in the rebound after Minegishi’s penalty had been saved following a handball, before setting up Mario Clarino for a fourth goal with a smart backheel on 75 minutes.
Geylang pulled one back with seven minutes left through Gabriel Quak with a spot kick of their own after a foul on Coto, before Ricardo Sendra grabbed an injury time equaliser after a smart turn and shot inside the area.
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The Eagles almost snatched a dramatic winner in the last minute of extra time when Sendra’s long range volley bounced off the underside of the bar and bounced away with Deyton well beaten.
But it was Deyto who would have the final say, saving spot kicks from Faritz Hameed and Sendra before Quak missed the target as the Philippine side earned the win and give newly appointed coach Nawas a first win.
The tie came a day after Hougang United had caused an upset, defeating Ceres Negros 1-0 thanks to a goal from Antoine Viterali 12 minutes from time.