Yangju 2:0 Siheung
Thrilling match that more than made up for the uninspired performance last week.
Siheung had their undefeated record ended on Saturday though not through lack of trying. Despite going home without a goal they had 4 shots hit the post and another 2 hit the underside of the crossbar. Our keeper also made a few good saves to keep a clean sheet, though the defense earns credit for not making it easy for Siheung to get shots on target.
The first half was dominated by Siheung and Yangju were called for a number of minor fouls as the players tried to break up attacks. Siheung were a bit dirty themselves -- while waiting for a goal kick Siheung's no. 8 leaned into a Yangju player, made contact at the shoulder, then fell down clutching his arm and shouting. If football doesn't work out for him I suppose he can pursue a career in acting. Siheung's no. 10 also got involved by blocking our keeper whenever it was time for a goal kick or free kick and then running away and complaining to the referee about time wasting.
Yangju's no. 15 came off temporarily with blood streaming down the side of his face in the first half after an aerial challenge and our diminutive no. 11 had to receive treatment in the second half for a bloody nose after getting elbowed in the face by a Siheung player. Cue several minutes of anxious waiting on both occasions while I wondered if a 10-man Yangju side could hold off a stream of Siheung attacks. Then our no. 32 was sent off in the 73rd minute and the real fun began ...
I was expected Siheung to grab a couple of goals after the red card but the defense kept Siheung from getting many chances to shoot and the team was extremely good at launching counterattacks and getting several players forward across the pitch. The crowd also rallied behind the players with cheers going up every time someone started a run up the pitch with the ball or the defense tackled the ball away.
I've complained about the team's inability to score from open play over the past few weeks but both goals Saturday came from quick counters. No. 11 and no. 13 were both good at racing up the wing, skipping around a defender or two, then squaring the ball for an onrushing teammate. Defender 정상호 scored twice (78', 90') but we did have a few other chances that the keeper blocked. The best 'near goal' though was the clearance from our keeper that looped over everyone and forced the Siheung keeper to scramble back and punch the ball away to avoid conceding.
Yangju move up to joint-third with the win, 4 points behind Siheung who are still in first.
Only one loss this season (vs. Paju) but a 1-1 draw against current-bottom Uijeongbu and a meager 1-2 win against Goyang aren't great results for a team looking to promote. Should I expect a close match against Seoul United as well?
In Yangju, if your cabbage doesn't understand you and you have valid reason for not eating it, then it is ok to go to other vegetables for your kimchi - though strictly nothing from south of Namyangju. -- Martyrs Forever