Kinclaven Second Fiddle to Song

Friday afternoon’s clash between Kinclaven and AS Uijeongbu 07 for top spot in the HTU Managers federation ladder featured a little bit of everything in a match that required extra time to decide.

A quick goal for Uijeongbu delighted the away fans but the team conceded twice to find themselves on the back foot midway through the second half. Fortunately, Gim-chi Kim scored his second of the night to put the two sides level again and it was 宋 (Song) 紹正 (Shaozheng) who scored a brace in extra time to award Au7 the win to preserve the club’s status as best in the federation.

Derek ‘Dorky’ Urquhart was deservedly voted MOTM for Kinclaven and local pundits also recognized the impact the 28 year old Scottish player had on proceedings. Urquhart was unlucky to miss two golden opportunities in front of goal but no sign of his nasty personality or temperamental nature was visible despite things not going his way on the pitch; he remained a true professional throughout the full 120 minutes. It’s a shame that not everyone in Kinclaven colors shares the same philosophy.

Jimmy MacShannachan & Garry Goodburn: Terrible

It came as a shock to many to see that Kinclaven coach Matthias Mader was encouraging his players to dive and, apart from the two goals and Urquhart’s near misses, their only noteworthy achievement was being cautioned by the referee for unsporting behavior. Jimmy MacShannachan and Garry Goodburn were the perfect example of the Korean expression ‘Hollywood action’ to the point one might assume that they were trying out for a part in the next war blockbuster. Is that the state of Scottish football these days — that diving and poor sportsmanship are the main tools a team uses to achieve victory? Honestly, we expected better from a team competing in Division II.