Last week’s league match was decided by a single goal, this week’s by a goal-fest. In both cases AS Uijeongbu 07 fell short and are now lanterne rouge in the K-League.
The opening day fixture featured a home match for Au7 against Olympic Park United in a contest that the Gyeonggi-do side were slight favorites to win. Unfortunately, a second-half strike from the wonderfully mutton chopped Alfred Unhjem with four minutes to play was the only goal of the encounter — a result that handed Au7 their first ever home defeat in the K-League. Expectations in the team were high for this match so it was a big let-down to come out second-best, especially when playing at home.
The first away fixture for Au7 in the league involved a short trip to Seoul to take on K-League newcomers fc kwon young joo. The loss to OPU the week before hit the players hard and club psychologists reported a staggering number of form drops in the training update before the match. With only one forward and two midfielders in the team above weak form it was always going to be a struggle to take anything home from 권영주 축구경기장.
Of course, with ‘Kosmonaut’ Grigorenko attacking down one side (OW), Kahudi Widodo Semedi helping out on the other (IMTW), and ‘Street Fighter’ Kien handling things up top in a 4-5-1 CA there was some hope that Au7 could get a positive result. The strategy seemed to pay off when the two sides ended the first half tied at 2-2 despite fc kwon young joo’s healthy midfield dominance but the second half was a more one-sided affair and the home side emerged victorious in a match that finished 5-3.
While club management are disappointed with the club’s position at the bottom of the standings, there were a couple of bright moments for the club over the past week.
First, ‘Street Fighter’ Kien became the first player from AS Uijeongbu 07 to earn a 10-star rating following a 90 minute appearance. The 24 year old Vietnamese forward was in buoyant spirits upon hearing the news of his achievement, which took place in the weekend fixture against fc kwon young joo. Kien scored a brace in the match and had this to say about the accomplishment:
« I am very pleased to reach 10 stars today. My passing skill is now much better because of help from the Association Sportive Uijeongbu training … ừm … nhân viên [staff]. It is true I had a good game, I was very thư giãn [relaxed; comfortable] today and that is always good for a forward. Mẹc xì bóp cu [merci beaucoup] »
Additionally, Ki-Hwan Ahn’s performance in the Korea Cup was enough to draw attention from Hanguk’s U-20 coach (also manager of Olympic Park United, as chance would have it) and the 19 year old homegrown player received a call to join the U-20 side this morning. If he sees any playing time ‘Ackbar’ is likely to play as a TDF for his national team. Any defenders foolish enough to come forward and tackle him will quickly realize:
It’s a trap.