Jeju United lost 1-0 to the Chunnam Dragons on a very questionable goal by midfielder Son Seol Min at Gwangyang Stadium on May 19. This loss ends the Orange’s 9-game undefeated streak that goes all the way back to March 18 when they were downed by Gwangju 3-2, also away.
By the time the game started Jeju were dropped from second to third in the K-League with FC Seoul’s 2-1 win away to Gwangju. By kick off at 4:40 p.m. Seoul was in first, Suwon second, and Jeju third only 1 point ahead of Ulsan who play Suwon tomorrow.
The first half was a pretty even sided back and forth, though Chunnam had better chances on net, while Jeju left Dragon’s keeper Lee Woon Jae rather untested.
The first goal came quickly at the 16’ on a rather questionable play.
The ball was coughed out to Son Seol Min just outside the box. A Chunnam stricker crossed inside the box behind Jeju’s defence. Son shot with the Orange not reacting thinking it to be an offside. The ball hit mesh and the goal counted. After the play Song Jin Hyung was given a yellow card for arguing with the referee.
Jeju’s best chance of the half came at the 40’ off a beautiful give and go by Robert to Song Jin Hyung who got a nice shot off beating the keeper but hitting the post.
During the second half Jeju were pressing, and the Dragons tightened up their defence trying to retain their one goal lead.
As the clock ticked down Jeju were noticeably becoming more and more frustrated and caused more fouls than usual. On top of that, they lost most of the header battles and couldn’t get the ball past the Chunnam goalkeeper.
The game ended 1-0 for the Chunnam Dragons. Jeju played alright but failed to capitalize on the few chances they had. Chunnam did what they do well, get an early goal and then sit on it, though they haven’t been able to do this much all season considering that this is their fourth win in 2012. With a couple questionable calls by the referee today did not help Jeju dig themselves out of the whole.
With this win Chunnam have moved from 10th to 8th in the K-League standings with 17 points.
Jeju still sit third with 25 points — that is until tomorrow when all that could change during the Suwon Bluewings versus Ulsan game Sunday. If Suwon win, they will reclaim first in the K-League with 29 points. If Ulsan win they will take second and Jeju will drop to fourth. The Orange were helped today by a 0-0 draw today between Busan I’Park and Incheon United. If I’Park were able to edge out Incheon, they would have dropped Jeju even further in the standings.
Jeju United’s next game is on Wednesday, May 23, when they take on Incheon Korail for their first FA Cup game this year. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Jeju World Cup Stadium in Seogwipo City.
Their next K-League game is home to Sangju Sangmu on Sunday, May 27 at 3 p.m.
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