Hernandez’s thrilling theater goal gives Incheon United all three points.
Incheon United defeated Jeju United 2-1 at home in the 30th round of the Hana One Q K League 1 at the Incheon Football Stadium at 2 p.m. on Saturday. With the valuable three points in the match right after the A-Match break, the team moved into sixth place with 43 points, pushing Daegu (41 points) into seventh place ahead of their match against Suwon Samsung on Saturday. They are level on points with fifth-placed Jeonbuk (43), who suffered a 1-3 reverse at relegation rivals Gangwon in the worst underwater match of the day, and fourth-placed FC Seoul, who face Gwangju on Sunday.
Incheon United (3-5-2)=Kim Dong-Heon (GK)/Delbridge/Gim Dong-Min/Oban Seok/Min Kyung-Hyun/Gim Do-Hyuk/Moon Ji-Hwan/ Lee Myung-Joo/Gim Jun-Yup/Kim Bo-Seop/Hernandez
Jeju United (3-4-3)=Kim Dong-Jun (GK)/Song Ju-Hoon-Lim Chae-Min-Yeon Je-Woon/Lee Ju-Yong-Koo Ja-Cheol-Kim Bong-Su-Lim Chang-Woo/Kwon Sun-Ho-Hayes-Han Jong-Moo스포츠토토
Jeju, winless in their last three games, drew one and lost two, started off aggressively against Incheon, dominating possession early on. Incheon responded with a solid defense.
In the 12th minute, Yeon Je-woon’s header off a cross from Hayes went over the crossbar on a set piece opportunity for Jeju.
In the 15th minute, Incheon’s Kim Bo-seop’s shot was blocked by Jeju’s defense. A back-and-forth battle ensued. In the 29th minute, Incheon took the lead. Lee Myung-joo took over from Kim Do-hyuk’s kill pass and rattled the net. Immediately after the goal, Jeju took off Kwon Sun-ho and Han Jong-moo and introduced Seo Jin-soo and Jonathan Ling at the same time.
Jeju pushed hard for an equalizer in the final minutes of the first half. Song Joo-hoon’s mid-range shot in the 42nd minute and Jonathan Ling’s shot attempt in the 44th minute were unsuccessful. Neither team could find the back of the net in the extra time, and the first half ended with Jeju trailing 0-1.
At the start of the second half, Incheon head coach Cho Sung-hwan substituted Shin Shin-ho for Moon Ji-hwan. In the fourth minute of the second half, Jeju’s Hayes attempted a cross from the left flank that was blocked by Oh Ban-seok with a tackle.
Desperate for an equalizer, Jeju head coach Nam Ki-il played an aggressive card in the 11th minute, substituting Kim Seung-seop for Song Ju-hoon, and it worked. In the 22nd minute of the second half, Kim broke through the defense and rattled the net off a pass from Seo Jin-soo. It tied the game at 1-1.
Incheon had no intention of letting up. Immediately after conceding the equalizer, they introduced Gerso in the 23rd minute and Mugosa in the 28th minute to show their determination to win the game. However, additional goals were not forthcoming. Incheon’s Shin Shin-ho’s left-footed shot in the 41st minute was off target, and Jeju’s Kim Seung-seop’s shot in the first minute of second-half stoppage time was also off target.
However, in the second minute of added time, Hernandez’s shot from the left side of the penalty box opened up Jeju’s goal. It was a theater goal. It was enough to give Incheon a 2-1 victory over Jeju, three valuable points to keep their Split A hopes alive with three games left in the top and bottom split league. Incheon moved from seventh to sixth place. Jeju fell into a four-match winless streak (one draw and three losses). They remain in ninth place with 35 points from nine wins, eight draws and 13 losses.