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Anyang 0-0 Gyeongnam recap.

On a balmy afternoon up north, Anyang and Gyeongnam fought out a rather uninspiring goal less draw.  The southerners will no doubt be the more satisfied of the two sides after battling out the draw and halting a run of four losses on the bounce.

To the game itself.  Both teams were slow out of the blocks adjusting to the sandy and bouncy pitch.  It was proving to be a nightmare for some players with their first touch having to be spot on to make an impact in the game.  Gyeongnam did however slightly edge the first 15 minutes and have the first shot of note on goal after only 6 minutes. The busy winger #22 Han Eui Kwon cut in from the left but blazed his effort wide of the mark.  Encouraging signs were there for the Gyeongnsam-nam do outfit in the early stages.  But Anyang were slowly working their way into the game, and their tricky and pacey winger #11 Kim Seung Min was always a threat on the break making the away teams full backs who usually love bombing forward think twice.  Anyang looked up for it now but they were not making the reds keeper make a save of note.  Four corners and four pretty ordinary deliveries in to the box summed up the first half.  Then the chance of the first half came for Gyeongnam right on half time.  It fell to #27 Lee Sang Hyeon normally a right back but playing as floating striker just behind Milos Stojanovic shot high over the bar from the penalty spot.  He held his head in his hands, and so he should, it was glaring miss.  It would have been the perfect ending to the half for Gyeongnam who had snuffed out the home teams pressure all first half pretty comfortably.   0-0 at the break and fair on the state of the play from both sides.

Second half.  Neither manager had made any changes at the break as both sides look very well organised in defence and in midfield.  Both teams looked rather toothless up front though and this could prove costly for both clubs if they are looking to get out of the division and be challenging to get promoted come what the end of the season.
The game was getting a bit nasty and a few players from both sides were booked and given warnings for their future conduct.  After 64 minutes Gyeongnams #22 Han Eui Kwon, again had a shot on the angle which was heading into the near posts top corner but he struck the keepers hand and clipped the post on the way out for a corner.
This seemed to perk Anyang into life again and Berry at the back always barking orders was beginning to influence the game and as a result Gyeongnam took off Stojanovic and brought on another beanpole of a striker in #18 Kim Young Uk.  I was a bit baffled by this change as the big Serbian was really the reds only threat in the air and up front.  He was always keeping both home sides center backs busy.
Anyang from here took control as Gyeongnam tired into the last 20 minutes of the game.  The boys in purple had two free headers, one straight at the keeper, the other fizzed wide both from lovely whipped in corners.  But still both keepers hadn't had a noteworthy save to make during the 90 minutes.  Then the moment the game had all been waiting for in injury time.  A great move by the home side down the right and a beautiful cross by the Anyangs right back was met perfectly by the home sides striker but he somehow when looked harder to miss, he did just that!!!!

0-0 the final score.  On the balance of play a point a piece was a fair result.  Gyeongnam can take heart that they were in a battle here today on a hard, bouncy pitch.

MOTM-  Gyeongnams #6 Choi Sung Hwan.  Solid as a rock, mopping up everything thrown at him.  Didn't give Ahn Sung Bin a kick all game.


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