In a tightly fought game, Jeju United and Suwon Bluewings drew 1-1 June 17 in Suwon on an own goal by the Orange in the first half and with Jair scoring his 8th of the season making him the K-League’s second leading scorer.
This draw does little to the standings. Jeju are still in fourth with 29 points and Suwon are now tied for second with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors with 33, one point behind FC Seoul who sit first.
The game started and right away you could tell that this was going to be a tight positional match, and that the team who made the fewest mistakes would come out with the win.
Jeju got off to a good start during the early five minutes with Orange striker Jair ringing it off the post after midfielder Oh Seung Bum slid him the ball inside the box. Jair, with a burst of speed, was able to get through the defence, beat the keeper, but wasn’t able to make it count.
The first goal of the game came at the 25’ off a Suwon corner kick. The ball bent beautifully towards the net, but when it landed inside the penalty box it was redirected by Jeju midfielder Song Jin Hyun’s foot into the net. Jeju keeper Han Dong Jin didn’t have a chance.
The half ended Suwon 1, Jeju zero, and the stats seemed to suggest that the rest of the game would go pretty much the same. Ball possession during the first 45’ was 69 percent Suwon and they were playing a marginally better positional game than the Orange, but in a tight checking game like this one, margins are what win and lose games.
Right off the whistle, Jeju tried to get back into the game with a nice shot by Song who tried to but failed to redeem himself. The play started with a nice rush down the right side and the ball was passed to Jeju striker Santos Jr. just outside the box. He chipped it back to Song hitting it hard but wide.
Not long after, United scored a goal at the 20’ but was called offside.
Jeju turned up their game during the second half and played a much stronger, fast-paced passing game and it payed off at the 37’
On a rush that resulted in Jeju with the ball deep in Suwon’s end it got away from Song Jin Hyun just to the right, outside of the Bluewing’s box. Song dove for the ball as it was just about to go out and hit it towards the box, keeping it in play. It shot through the box, and keeper Jung Sung Ryong got a hand on it, but the rebound went straight to Jair who had the open net. He hit it home to put him in second place for the K-League leading scorer with 8.
United kept the momentum going and it looked like Jeju may be able to transfer that into another goal and have their second come from behind victory against Suwon this year, but the Bluewings tightened up on defence and the game ended in a 1-1 tie.
Jeju United’s next game is a FA Cup game at home on June 20 against Daegu FC. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
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