Football: Ridhuan's late goal spares Warriors' blushes

Ridhuan Muhamad of Warriors FC (right) scores pass Syazwan Buhari of Geylang International FC during their S-League game at Jalan Besar Stadium on April 1, 2016.
Ridhuan Muhamad of Warriors FC (right) scores pass Syazwan Buhari of Geylang International FC during their S-League game at Jalan Besar Stadium on April 1, 2016. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - Geylang International held Warriors FC to a 2-2 draw in the S-League on Friday night at Jalan Besar Stadium.

In an entertaining clash, Geylang started stronger and nearly took the lead after nine minutes when a Carlos Delgado volley from outside the box went just wide of Warriors goalkeeper Yazid Yasin's goal.

But it was the Warriors who took the lead seven minutes later with Jonathan Behe slamming home his sixth goal of the season after the ball fell kindly to him in the penalty box from a Shaiful Esah corner.

Geylang tried to rebound immediately and in the 18th minute, Gabriel Quak's long-range effort sailed narrowly over the crossbar.

The Eagles continued piling on the pressure and Quak threatened again in the 25th minute with a curling free kick, which forced Yazid into a flying save.

Warriors then had an opportunity themselves when Nikola Rak whipped in a dangerous free kick from the right in the 34th minute but no one was able to connect with it.

Rak then skipped past the challenge of Shariff Samat and should have made it 2-0 in the 39th minute but saw his close-range effort hit the post.

Geylang should have levelled four minutes later when Daniel Bennett's header from a corner came back off the upright.

In the second half, Geylang continued to dominate and they were rewarded when Quak curled a left-footed effort past Yazid in the 51st minute.

In the 71st minute, Sahil Suhaimi should have put Geylang ahead when he went on a mazy run into the Warriors' penalty box but saw his effort well-saved by Yazid.

Two minutes later, it was the Warriors who threatened when Behe ran through on goal but blasted his shot over the bar.

Geylang had yet another opportunity in the 74th minute but Quak's shot from outside the box went just wide.

Four minutes later, Sahil's shot from outside the box went comfortably into the arms of Yazid.

And their efforts finally paid off in the 86th minute when Delgado slammed home a piledriver from outside the penalty box, which left the goalkeeper helpless.

But the Warriors refused to be beaten and substitute Ridhuan Muhamad levelled the scores in the 89th minute when his close-range effort crept under the diving goalkeeper.

In the end, there was no separating the two teams and the match petered out into a draw.

With this result, the Eagles will move up to fifth place while the Warriors will rise to second in the table.

Geylang will next face Hougang United at Hougang Stadium in their next S-League game on April 7 while the Warriors will host the same opponents on April 14 at Chua Chu Kang Stadium.