Although the club failed to win 6 consecutive wins in the K-League 1 for the first time, 350 SK Energy employees in Jeju Mogiip also played together.
Jeju United, led by coach Nam Ki-il, drew 1-1 with FC Seoul in the 14th round of the ‘Hana 1 Q K League 1 2023’ held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on the 20th. Jeju (24 points), whose 5 consecutive victories were suspended, maintained 3rd place.
The Seoul match that day was an important match for Jeju. If they win, it was the club’s first success in winning 6 consecutive victories in the K-League 1, and it was a match that would rise to second place. Moreover, on that day, about 350 employees of SK Energy, the parent company of Jeju, visited the stadium. Director Nam also heard about it. He said before the game, “I didn’t put any pressure on the players. I heard that the employees came to support me. It will be a great power. We came up through a crisis. Players know what to do rather than feeling pressured. We know the importance of the game,” he stressed.
Although it cannot be compared with the Seoul supporters, the support of the Jeju fans on this day was also vocal. Their numbers were small, but they gradually raised their voices. The orange uniform played a significant part, and even the North mobilized to encourage the players on the away road. 스포츠토토
Maybe that’s why the players’ footsteps were heavy in Jeju as a whole. Midfielder Lee Chang-min also complained of difficulty not losing his breath after the sprint. Nevertheless, Seoul’s attack was blocked with a defense that did not hesitate. Seoul maintained a 60% ball possession throughout the game.
Jeju’s potential came in the 33rd minute of the second half. Jeju, which blocked Seoul’s offensive with a solid defense, scored the first goal with Ahn Hyun-beom’s crazy breakthrough and Yuri’s concise finish. Cheers and applause erupted from the cheering seats in Jeju. Although Jeju gave an equalizer to Seoul Willian 5 minutes later, they did not give up until the end and succeeded in winning 1 point by blocking an additional goal. Here, the support of the Jeju head office employees who played together for 90 minutes cannot be left out.