Undefeated in 9 games since the opening, unstoppable 4th year ‘Seol Soccer’ Gyeongnam
Gyeongnam won a 3-2 come-from-behind victory in the 8th round of the 메이저놀이터‘Hanawon Q K League 2 2023’ against FC Anyang held at the Changwon Soccer Center on the 18th. It was a match between the 1st place and 4th place, undefeated teams before the game. The game that will be the watershed of the lead fight, Gyeongnam’s power was stronger. After giving away a penalty kick to Andrigo in the 21st minute of the first half, Gyeongnam turned the game around (1-1) with Seol Hyun-jin’s goal in the 29th minute of the first half. In the 15th minute of the second half, Kim Jung-hyun scored a goal and allowed them to take the lead again, but Baek Dong-gyu in the 21st minute and Kim Jeong-hyun in the 44th minute reversed the game with consecutive own goals. Although there was some luck, it was a game that showed the will and potential to not give up until the end.
With this victory, Gyeongnam continued its undefeated streak of 7 matches (4 wins, 3 draws) since the opening. With 15 points, they took the lead over Anyang (14 points), who suffered their first loss. Gyeongnam has not lost a single match in 9 official matches (6 wins, 3 draws) this season, including the FA Cup. Looking at the contents, the rising trend of Gyeongnam is more prominent. As of the 18th, they scored 13 goals and ranked first in the K-League 2 with the most goals and conceded 4 goals to rank second. It’s a perfect airborne balance.
The defense, which was considered the weakest point until last season, has definitely become solid. Gyeongnam scored 60 goals, the third most in the league in the 2022 season, but allowed 61 goals. It was the third most goals in the league. However, this season, the defense gained strength thanks to the successful return of Woo Joo-seong and the revival of Lee Kwang-sun. In the match against Anyang, Park Jae-hwan and Kim Young-chan were not shaken. The defense itself has gained a sense of stability. The score distribution is also varied. Unlike previous years, which depended on foreign players, several players are scoring goals evenly. Starting with Won Ki-jong, who scored 4 goals, 7 people tasted the goal. What coach Seol Ki-hyun emphasized is that there are various options on the offensive side.The leadership of coach Seol Ki-hyeon, who entered his 4th year this year, is also adding to the sense of stability. Coach Seol, who started amid high expectations, received a lot of attention for his detailed tactics, but has not been able to produce results so far. In 2021, it stayed in 6th place, and last season, it barely made the playoffs. It was a result that did not match the evaluation of his winning power. Coach Seol, who unexpectedly renewed his contract this season, is working with the determination that this will be his last. Fortunately, the trial and error was not wasted time. Coach Seol has finally succeeded in finding a balance and is exploding the ‘inner air’ he has accumulated so far this season. Of course, there is still a lot of season left, but the early moves of ‘Sul Soccer’, which shows the strength of 4 years, are definitely impressive.