Three consecutive goals after transferring from Jeju… Defending champion Ulsan, leading the way
This year, professional football may be easier than starting a business. The ‘defending champion’ Ulsan Hyundai is running ahead without hesitation in the struggle of rival Jeonbuk Hyundai.
Ulsan, led by coach Hong Myung-bo, won an away game 3-1 against Jeju United in the 5th round of the K-League 1 held at the Jeju World Cup Stadium on the 2nd. 메이저놀이터
Ulsan (15 points), who succeeded in recapturing the top spot for the first time in 17 years last year, took the lead with five consecutive wins in the opening season, raising expectations for a second consecutive championship.
Ulsan not only maintained a 4-point gap with second-placed Daejeon Hana Citizen (3 wins, 2 draws, 11 points), but was already 11 points behind last year’s runner-up Jeonbuk (1 win, 1 draw, 3 losses, 4 points). ran away until
On the contrary, Jeju, who fell into the swamp of 5 games without a win (2 draws, 3 losses, 2 points), fell to the bottom and it was not easy to escape the relegation zone for the time being.
The match on this day attracted attention with the ‘Jumin-kyu Derby’. This is because Joo Min-gyu, who was reborn as the best K-League 1 goal scorer in Jeju, changed into the Ulsan uniform this year. Ju Min-gyu, who became the top scorer (22 goals) as a native striker in Jeju in 2021, also scored the most goals (17 goals) for the second consecutive year the following year.
Joo Min-gyu’s skills did not change even against his former team, Jeju. Ju Min-gyu pricked Jeju’s gap in the 17th minute when Ulsan took the lead 1-0 thanks to Jeong Seung-hyeon’s goal. Ulsan midfielder Kang Yoon-gu took the ball through active pressure and passed it through Eom Won-sang to Joo Min-gyu, who was playing in front of the arc. Joo Min-kyu scored a goal that the opponent couldn’t move with a bold right-footed shot. It was his 3 consecutive goals as he only applauded without any ceremony out of consideration for his former team.
Ulsan followed the luck. In the 28th minute of the first half, Kang Yun-gu opened the score to 3-0 by pushing the ball back after being stolen by the opposing goalkeeper’s inexperienced handling of the ball. Kang Yoon-gu, who debuted in Ulsan in 2021, even scored his debut goal, making it difficult to regain the balance of the match.
Jeju Island did not give up the victory. Jeju got a penalty kick in the 43rd minute of the first half when Koo Ja-cheol’s header was handballed in a corner kick chance. Yuri Jonatan calmly broke the goal and made up for one goal, but it was regrettable that no more goals were scored.
In the match that drew attention with the draw team’s ‘death decision’ match, Suwon Samsung and Gangwon FC did their best, but failed to win again after drawing 1-1.