After scoring the winning goal for FC Anyang, Kim Dong-jin put his hands together in front of the fans. It was a gesture of apology for a long period of winlessness and poor performance.
Anyang, coached by Lee Woo-hyung, won 3-0 at home against Seoul Eland FC in the 37th round of the Hana OneQ K League 2 2023 at Anyang Sports Complex on Monday. Kim Dong-jin scored in the third minute of the second half, followed by goals from Gong Min-hyun in the 28th minute and Kim Ha-joon in stoppage time to secure the win.
While there were many heroes, it was Kim Dong-jin who stole the show with the first and final goal. Kim Dong-jin scored the first goal of the match, collecting a ball in midair with his chest and sending it high into the goal to seal the victory for Anyang. It was a valuable goal that broke the balance of a somewhat frustrating game. It was also technically flawless.
“I think we won today after nine games, but the difference between the first half and the second half was too much, so it was hard for the whole team. It’s good to win after nine games, and no matter what, we have two games left, so we have to win two and hope for a miracle,” said Kim Dong-jin in a post-match interview.
“It was my first goal since (May 27) against Seongnam. It’s been too long,” he said of his latest goal, adding, “I did what I practiced and it worked out well. After Chang-yong came in, we practiced a lot on hitting the back space from the center. I scored a goal and it was good, but I also did an image training for the fans, saying that we hadn’t won a game in a while and we were doing well in the first half, but then we had a lot of injuries and our pace dropped, so I did a ceremony to apologize to the fans. I’m happy, but I’m also sorry,” he said, explaining the meaning of the ‘Hapjang’ celebration in front of the supporters.
Recently, Anyang has been trying to improve the atmosphere by having a separate team dinner centered on senior players. Senior Kim Dong-jin is also playing a key role in bringing the younger players together.
“Originally, we ate together, but we had to find a breakthrough somehow. We had a meeting with the entire coaching staff, and then the senior players gathered the players and shared their opinions. There has to be a turning point. I think it was a good thing that we had a meeting with the captain and the seniors because they can bring the atmosphere by trying something they haven’t done before. Originally, outside of the team meetings, there were only meetings between players who were close to each other or between the starters to say, ‘Let’s try this’. It was a positive thing for all the players to share their opinions with the analysts and spend time outside of soccer.”토스카지노 도메인
A day later, on the 29th, the seventh-ranked Chungbuk Cheongju FC (48 points), which is chasing sixth-ranked Anyang (48 points), will face the eighth-ranked Jeonnam Dragons (47 points). Kim Dong-jin and other members of Anyang are hoping for a draw between the two teams. If Chungbuk Cheongju and Jeonnam draw, Anyang will remain in sixth place and have an easier time qualifying for the top five playoff spots.
Kim Dong-jin said, “There were many situations where the other team was helping us and we kicked them. I think they will help us again tomorrow. A draw would be best,” he said.