Match of the week

Football: Veteran sub Ridhuan saves a point

Substitute Ridhuan Muhammad (far right) savours his last-minute equaliser, as his shot evades Geylang goalkeeper Syazwan Buhari.
Substitute Ridhuan Muhammad (far right) savours his last-minute equaliser, as his shot evades Geylang goalkeeper Syazwan Buhari. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

S-LEAGUE


Geylang International 2

Warriors FC 2

He had originally announced his retirement at the start of the season, citing a lack of offers.

But snapped up by Warriors FC, Ridhuan Muhammad repaid that faith with a last-minute equaliser in his second appearance, to salvage a point in a 2-2 draw against Geylang International in the Great Eastern Yeo's S-League last night.

Said the 31-year-old former Singapore right-winger: "It feels great to score the equaliser that helped us to get a point. It was a last-minute decision to join the Warriors as I didn't think that I would still be playing until their call came.

"It has not been easy as I had gone three months without training and only played socially. I'm just thankful that the management and the coach have continued to believe in me, and I will continue to show my capabilities."

In-form Frenchman Jonathan Behe also got on the scoresheet with his sixth goal in as many games for the Warriors and coach Jorg Steinebrunner was pleased with the forward's overall contribution.

"He has been good for us. With his speed and technique, he will get into goal-scoring situations. And as long as he keeps his composure, he can continue to score. He is also starting to work more off the ball, which is a good improvement," said the German tactician.

In an entertaining game, Warriors took the lead in the 16th minute with Behe slamming home from a Shaiful Esah corner.

In the second half, the Eagles dominated and they were rewarded when Gabriel Quak curled a left-footed effort past goalkeeper Yazid Yasin in the 51st minute.

Hasrin Jailani's men then took the lead in the 86th minute through Argentinian midfielder Carlos Delgado's piledriver.

But substitute Ridhuan rescued a point when his close-range effort from an acute angle crept under the diving Syazwan Buhari.

The Eagles have now drawn five of their first six games. Assistant coach Noor Ali said: "At 2-1, we should have killed off the game. But it's still early days with only six games played and when you look at the league table, we are not very far away from the top."

With the draw, the Warriors are second among nine teams on nine points, one behind Hougang. Geylang are fifth on eight points.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 02, 2016, with the headline 'Veteran sub Ridhuan saves a point'. Print Edition | Subscribe