Jeju United earned a valuable — if not disappointing — single point with their 2-2 draw against Ulsan Hyundai FC at Munsu Stadium on July 12.
Going in, the Orange had lost three of their last five games and were quickly losing their footing in the standings. Jeju sat fifth and Ulsan fourth. A win for Jeju would have had the teams trade spots. A loss would of distance Jeju even further from the head of the pack who led, and still lead, by 10 points. A draw keeps everything exactly the same.
With so much on the line midway through the season, it should be no surprise that the game got off like a shot. At the 2-minute mark, on a play that started with Orange striker Santos Jr. kicking the ball down the field, Seo Dong Hyeon scored the first goal of the game. He received a low pass outside of the Ulsan’s box with two defenders between him and the goal. He kicked the pass up and headed it towards the net, and using his speed and size, he forced through the defenders and hit home a left corner shot, giving Jeju a 1-0 early lead.
Nearing the end of the half, the Tigers responded. At the 34’ Kim Shin Wook scored making it a 1-1 game. The play started close to the sideline with Maranhão fighting off two attackers then sailing the ball a good ways into the box to Kim who was left alone and nailed a low shot beating keeper Jeon Tae Hyun.
In the second half, Ulsan took the lead early. Just 10 minutes in, Lee Keun Ho started the play from the half, passing it off and then sprinting down the middle of the field. He was given the ball back as he was splitting the defence to score Ulsan’s second of the game and a 1-point lead.
As the game went on, it looked like the Tigers were going to be walking away with three points if it wasn’t for Song Jin Hyun’s last minute effort. In injury time, Jeju striker Song Ho Young chucked a high ball to Song Ju Hyun just inside Ulsan’s box. He headed it to the center of the box but was deflected back to him by Ulsan’s Lee Jae Sung. Song Jin Hyun had only a millisecond to get his boot on the ball, directing it into the mesh. Jeju had tied it up at two during the final minute of the game. Neither team was able to net the winner before the whistle blew.
Jeju still sit in fifth in the K-League with 33 points, and Ulsan are still in fourth with 35. The Orange now have only one win in their last six K-League games, and only four wins in their last 10.
Jeju United take on Daejeon Citizen at home on Sunday, July 15. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
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