Cheetahs on seventh heaven as a win sealed their place







Kento Fukuda o.g 44′, Geison Moura 50′, 77′, Firman Hanif 52′


Hougang United thumped Geylang International 4-0 as the Cheetahs secured seventh spot at Bedok Stadium.
Hougang United were without Erwan Gunawan , Faizal Amir and Fairoz Hasan through suspension and Diego Gama due to injury.

Kento Fukuda scored an own goal to gift Hougang the lead before Geison Moura bagged in two goals in the second half. While Firman Hanif banged his first goal of the season with a cool shot into the bottom corner just outside the box.

The game started at a slow tepid pace, with neither side troubling the goalkeepers.
Geylang International leading man Leonel Felice hit a shot wide while defensive midfielder Shunsuke Nakatake’s freekick went straight into the Eagles custodian Siddiq Durimi.

The breakthrough finally came when Fazli Jaffar cross was inadvertently deflected by Kento Fukuda.
Captain of the day Igor Cerina then found a chance to have a shot but it went a few inches wide as the Cheetahs went into the break with a slender one goal lead.

Geylang was helpless as the second half saw Hougang United putting three goals in.

Geison Moura doubled the goal difference with a dazzling run to skip past two challenges before slotting the ball in to the corner past Siddiq Durimi.

Moments later, it became 3-0. A poor clearance by Geylang found Firman Hanif. Firman then took the ball and composingly slotted the ball with his weaker foot into the bottom corner.

Hougang stood firm as Geylang tried to a goal back. They were not helped by off-target shots. Leonel Felice and Aliff Shafaein were unable to fund the mark as the chemistry between Syaqir Sulaiman and Igor Cerina was terrific.

Despite the lead , Hougang did not let up and their hardwork rewarded them with another goal by Geison Moura to double up his goals.

After the match , Firman was asked on how was the match and his first goal of the season. He said , ” We were hungry for victory tonight and thus the result shows and everyone work very hard for each other tonight. I definitely felt very happy and grateful for the goal.”

The damage has already been done for Geylang as their hopes on topping Tier 2 was dashed.

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