On a beautiful Sunday, May 27, a crowd of 10,117 people came to Seogwipo City to watch Jeju United defeat Sangju Sangmu Phoenix FC at Jeju World Cup Stadium in a come-from-behind victory.
Jeju United went into the game in fourth after Jeonbuk Motors over took third place with their 3-0 win against first place Suwon Bluewings. Sangju Sangmu Phoenix FC were in 14th before the game.
With both teams looking to go into the K-League's three-week break on a win, the first half started out fierce as expected. It was quick with lots of passing and good chances off corners and it didn’t take long for the scoreboard to be breached.
At the 18’ Sangju Sangmu Phoenix FC midfielder Kim Jae Sung broke down the right side of the pitch with lots of speed beating the Jeju defender and getting a hard shot on net just outside of the box that soared over keeper Han Dong Jin.
But it did not take long for Jeju to respond. A minute later off a Jair corner, Orange defender Oh Ban Suk picked up the rebound for his first goal of the season, tying the game up at 1.
The game picked up in tempo with both teams playing more physical as the half went on resulting in many fouls and a Sangju yellow card for tripping Santos Jr. in the midfield at the 37’.
Both teams had good chances on net, but neither team was able to break the tie.
The second half was just as intense, though with fewer fouls. Jeju controlled much of the half’s pace with using quick passes to get the ball out of the Orange’s end and the speed of the front line to get it deep in the Phoenix’s box.
Though Jeju were playing clean, it looked like Sangju were about to take the lead if it wasn’t for keeper Han Dong Jin chasing down a pass that split the United’s defence to Phoenix’s Lee Jong Min in the Orange’s box.
Those quick passes worked for Jeju at the 69’ which came to a solid shot on next and a subsequent rebound that went straight to Santos Jr. who made sure the ball hit mesh making it a 2-1 game with his 7th of the season.
Though the Phoenix produced several good chances, they weren’t able to tie the game up at 2 and Jeju go into the break tied with FC Seoul for second with 28 points, that is until Seoul play Incheon United at home tomorrow. The Phoenix still sit in 14.
Jeju United’s next game is against Jeonbuk Motors from 7 p.m. on June 13 at Jeju World Cup Stadium in Seogwipo City.
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