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FA Cup Preview: Round 3

Korean FA Cup Preview: Round 3
The Korean FA Cup third round gets underway this week where all ten K League 2 sides enter the competition. Looking to earn a potential glamour tie away to one of K League 1's elite, the teams from the second tier will be joined by 12 K3 teams, eight from the National League as well as ten universities sides. 

Tuesday 26th March 2019


Yongin University vs Andong University of Science 15:00
Yongin University Stadium, Yongin Google Map, Naver Map

After a U-League opening day draw away to Suwon University, Yongin will be looking to book their place in the next round of the FA Cup when Andong University of Science make the trip north from Gyeongbuk Province. Andong's U-League campaign began with a win, a 2-1 home victory over Daegu Suseong University last Friday.

Yongin make it to the third round having dispatched of SMC Engineering in round two by three-goals-to-one. Andong do so having entered the competition in round one where they beat Daejeon-based amateur side Daedeok Winner Star FC 1-0 to set up a second round tie with Yeoju Sejong. After a 2-0 win over Yeoju ensured in what is the team's first foray into the Korean FA Cup.

Prediction: Yongin University 1-0 Andong University of Science

Wednesday 27th March 2019

FC Pocheon (K3A) vs Gimhae City (NL) 14:00
Pocheon Civic Stadium, Pocheon Google MapNaver Map

Perennial K3 Advance title challengers FC Pocheon will host National League side Gimhae City for only the second time in the club's history. The only previous encounter between these two sides was back in 2013 when Gimhae City displaced Pocheon by a goal-to-nil to book their place in the third round, Park Seyoung with the only goal of the game just three minutes after the restart. Whilst Pocheon began the new K3 Advanced season with a 2-0 home win over Chungju Citizen, Gimhae began 2019 with an away defeat to National League Champions Gyeongju KHNP on the opening day. The south coast side were able to bounce back last Saturday, however, with a 1-0 home win over Changwon City last Saturday.

Pocheon made it to the third round in 2011 before eventually losing to Suwon Bluewings. However, in 2014, the north Gyeonggi Province outfit sneaked into the fourth round after beating eventual K League Challenge Champions Daejeon Citizen in round three before bowing out to National League side Gangneung City. In 2017 Pocheon made it all the way to round five (round of 16) before losing at home to eventual semi-finalists Mokpo City 1-0. Gimhae City enjoyed their best FA Cup run in 2018, making it all the way to the quarter finals after seeing off K League 1 side Gangwon FC in round four and National League Champions Gyeongju KHNP in round five. The last two times which Gimhae have come up against K3 opposition, the Gyeongnam-based side have needed penalty shootouts to secure victory, in 2012 against Yangjju Citizen and in 2018 against Cheongju City. In four meetings with National League opposition, Pocheon have two wins and two defeats to their name.

Prediction: FC Pocheon 2-1 Gimhae City

Gimpo Citizen (K3A) vs Yeonsei University 14:00
Gimpo Civic Stadium, Gimpo Google Map, Naver Map

Gimpo Citizen head into Wednesday afternoon's tie with Yonsei University looking to make it into the fourth round for just the second time in the last four seasons. In 2018 the southerners displaced Pyeongtaek Citizen in the round three before being knocked out by Suwon Bluewings in a humbling 6-1 defeat. Gimpo have come up against university opposition on three previous occasions, winning just once - a penalty shootout victory in April 2015 at home to Hongik University following a 2-2 draw.

Yonsei University entered the competition in the first round where they displaced newly-founded Ulsan Citizen on penalties following a 0-0 draw. The win secured a home tie with Donggook University which was won by a margin of three-goals-to-one. Yonsei didn't participate in the competition in 2018 but made it to the third round in 2017 before losing to 4-2 to K League side Gwangju after extra time. Against K3 sides, Yeonsei have a record of played four, won four. Aside from the win over Ulsan Citizen from K3 Basic in Round 1, Yonsei have wins over K3 sides Chunnam Youngkwang, Shiheung Citizen, and Icheon Citizen in the FA Cup.

Prediction: Gimpo Citizen 2-0 Yonsei University

Hwaseong FC (K3A) vs Ansan Greeners (K2) 14:00
Hwaseong Civic Stadium Auxiliary Pitch, Hwaseong Google Map, Naver Map

Fresh from a 2-0 K3 opening day win over Chuncheon, Hwaseong will host K League 2 side Ansan Greeners this Wednesday afternoon. The two teams have never met before in competitive action but Hwaseong are no strangers to K League opposition. However, from four meeting, the K3 Advanced side have never beaten a side from the top two divisions. In 2017 Hwaseong bowed out to Gyeongnam in the third round and lost 2-0 to Seoul E-Land a year previous. FC Seoul also ran the rule of Hwaseong in 2015 and emerged as 2-1 winners. In 2014, Suwon FC edged past Hwaseong with a 4-3 win.

Ansan Greeners, meanwhile, will take part in just their fourth ever FA Cup tie. The Green Wolves, who were founded in 2017, lost to Asan Mugunghwa in the fourth round last year after a 7-0 demolition over Suwon University in round three. In their debut season, 2017, the Greeners bowed out to National League side Gangneung City on penalties. The Greeners are yet to get off the mark this term having suffered a 2-1 reverse to Suwon FC last time out, despite snatching a draw at the death against Seoul E-Land 10 days ago. Green Wolves gaffer Lim Wanseop will be hoping that a comprehensive win over a side form the fourth tier can get their season up and running.

You can read Mike Brandon's full preview: here

Paju Citizen (K3A) vs Ajou University 14:00
Paju Stadium, Paju Google Map, Naver Map

Paju Citizen head into Wednesday afternoon's FA Cup tie with Ajou University on the back of a defeat in the K3 season opener, suffering a 2-1 loss to Yangpyeong FC. Ajou University on the other hand got their U-League campaign up and running with a 2-1 win over Jeju International University thanks to goals from Shin Jaewook and Ha Jaehyun. However, Paju make it into the third round having already seen off the challenge of another university side, Gwangju University, thanks to a 3-1 victory.  Ajou, meanwhile, began in the first round where the Suwon-based side knocked out Yangju Citizen of the K3 Basic. A 3-0 win over Yangju preceded a 1-0 win at home to Cheongju to earn themselves a place in round three.

Paju Citizen have come up against university opposition on five previous occasions, three of those matches have ended in Paju victories. However, in 2014 and 2015, Paju were knocked out by university opposition, losing to Hongik University 3-1 and Dankook University. Prior to this season, Ajou University have toppled K3 opposition just once before, a 3-1 away win over Gyeongju Citizen in 2017.

Prediction: Paju Citizen 2-0 Ajou University

Yeungnam University vs Soongsil University 14:00
Yeungnam University Stadium, Gyeongsan Google Map, Naver Map

Yeungnam University got off to a flying start to the new U-League campaign last time out, winning by four-goals-to-two against International University of Korea thanks to goals from Song Hoyoung, Ahn Haehong, and a Kim Jinwoo brace. Soongsil University, meanwhile, went one better, putting five past Calvin University; Dong Changhyul and Kang Youngwoong with a brace each and Song Jiho with a strike of his own. The two teams have never met in the FA Cup before but Yeungnam have lost just once to fellow university opposition, a 2-0 defeat to Kwangwoon University in 2013.

Soongsil, meanwhile, make it to the third round having beaten K3 Basic side Seoul United. However, Soongsil have lost their last three FA Cup ties against university opposition with the last victory over another student side was in 2016, an extra time win over Dongui University in the first round. Furthermore, the Seoul-based university have won just twice against university opposition in six previous FA Cup ties.

Prediction: Yeungnam University 3-1 Soongsil University

Busan IPark (K2) vs Cheonan City (NL) 15:00
Gudeok Stadium, Busan Google Map, Naver Map

The 2004 Korean FA Cup winners, Busan IPark, get their cup campaign up and away with the visit of Cheonan City from the National League. Cho Dukje's Busan side head into Wednesday's cup tie with somewhat indifferent from having won one, drawn one and lost one in the league. Last time out IPark had to settle for a draw after Gwangju's Felipe cancelled out Rômulo's 49th minute penalty at Guus Hiddink Stadium. Busan haven't come up against National League opposition since 2016 when IPark took on neighbours Busan Transportation Corporation on 11th May, IPark emerging with a 3-0 win. In total, Busan have faced National League opposition on six occasions and have lost just once - a 1-0 defeat to Goyang KB on 23rd May 2012.

Cheonan City, despite starting the new National League season with a 2-1 win over Mokpo City, suffered defeat last time out - a 2-0 away loss to Gangneung City. The result was Cheonan's fourth in their last five stretching back to last season. Cheonan enter the FA Cup in the third round and even made it to the round of 16 last year, losing to Suwon Bluewings 4-2 after extra time. Cheonan made it to the round of 16 in 2014 too before bowing out to Sangju Sangmu with a 1-0 loss at home. Against K League opposition, Cheonan have lost all six encounters having come unstuck against the Bluewings, Daejeon Citizen on two occasions, Incheon United, Sangju Sangmu, as well as Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors.

You can read Tom Marcantonio's full preview: here


Changwon City (NL) vs Hanyang University 15:00
Changwon Football Center Pitch 2, Changwon Google Map, Naver Map

Changwon City's 2019 National League campaign didn't get off to the start that they would have perhaps wanted, losing 1-0 to neighbours provincial Gimhae City last Saturday after a 2-2 draw with Daejeon Korail the week previous. Wednesday's opponents Hanyang University suffered defeat last time out too, losing 2-1 to Yonsei University at Hyochang Park. These two sides have met in the FA Cup once before, back in 2014 when Changwon came out on top with a 2-0 home win thanks to goals from Kwon Sibaek and Choi Kwonsu. The 2014 fixture was Changwon's only win over a university side in the FA Cup from three previous meetings.

The South Coast side enter the competition at the third round stage and have failed to make it into the fourth in each of the last three seasons having lost to FC Anyang, Mokpo City, and Yongin City in 2018, 2017, and 2016 respectively. Changwon's have made it to the round of 16 in 2018, beating Jeju United in the fourth round before bowing out to Jeonbuk. Against university opposition, Changwon have played two, lost two having suffered upsets against Yonsei University in 2011 and Dongui University in 2013. Hanyang, meanwhile, have been unable to displace National League opposition from their two previous encounters with third tie sides - a penalty shootout loss to Busan Transportation Corporation in 2015 being the most recent.

Prediction: Changwon City 3-0 Hanyang Univeristy


FC Anyang (K2) vs Icheon Citizen (K3A) 15:00
Bisan Sports Park Grass Pitch, Anyang Google Map, Naver Map

With maintenance work at Anyang Civic Stadium, FC Anyang will play their home FA Cup tie with K3 Advanced side Incheon Citizen at Bisan Sports Park. The Violets have endured a somewhat indifferent start to the new campaign; after an impressive 4-1 away win over promotion favourites Busan IPark, Anyang suffered back to back 1-0 defeats to Bucheon and Jeonnam. Kim Hyeongyeol will therefore be hoping that a win over K3 side Icheon will help kick start their season. The Violets have come up against K3 opposition in the FA Cup just once before, a 5-4 extra time win in what was the club's first ever FA Cup match back in April 2013.

Icheon Citizen make the trip to Anyang on the back of a 2-0 defeat to Gyeongju Citizen on the opening day of the K3 Advanced season. Citizen haven't win an FA Cup match since 2015, a 1-0 home victory over Pyeongchang with the last four outings ending in defeats. Icheon's best run came in 2013, making it to the third round after displacing Hannam University and Busan Transport in rounds one and two. Against K League opposition, Icheon have played two lost two.

You can read Paul Bettridge's full preview: here


Mokpo City (NL) vs Jeonju Citizen (K3B) 15:00
Mokpo International Football Center, Mokpo Google Map, Naver Map

Notorious FA Cup giant killers Mokpo City will be confident of a place in the fourth round when fifth tier side Jeonju Citizen make the trip across Jeolla Province to Mokpo International Football Center this Wednesday. Mokpo bounced back from their opening day defeat to Cheonan City with a 2-0 home win over National League Champions Gyeongju KHNP last time out. Jeonju Citizen, meanwhile, got their K3 Basic campaign underway on Sunday with a thumping of Pyeongchang FC, dispatching of their Gangwon counterparts with ease in a 7-1 win. A hat-trick from Kim Sangmin, followed by strikes from Kim Heeseong, Oh Taehwan, Lee Inho, and Hong Yongseong got Jeonju off to a dream start.

Incredibly, after going six years with just three wins in 10 FA Cup outings, Mokpo City have lost just twice in their last nine in the FA Cup. Mokpo famously made it to the semi finals in 2017 before losing to Ulsan Hyundai and the quarter finals last year before eventually bowing out to the eventual winners for the second year in succession with a 2-1 defeat to Daegu FC. Mokpo's only preview FA Cup encounters with K3 teams was a 2-1 defeat to Hwaseong in 2015. To make it to the third round, Jeonju had to overcome Dongshin University at home where a 2-1 win was enough to set up a second round tie with Shiheung Citizen, which was subsequently won 1-0. Citizen bowed out to Chuncheon at this stage last season and have only come face to face with National League opposition once before in the FA Cup, a 2-0 loss to Changwon City in 2015.

Prediction: Mokpo City 3-0 Jeonju Citizen

Suwon FC (K2) vs Chungju Citizen (K3A) 19:00
Suwon Civic Stadium, Suwon Google Map, Naver Map

Suwon FC were finally able to claim all three points last time out, easing past Ansan Greeners at home in a 2-1 win. The victory ended a run of five straight defeats dating back to last season. With their tails up, Suwon will welcome Chungju Citizen to Castle Park this Wednesday night for a third round FA Cup tie. Chungju make the relatively short trip north to Gyeonggi Province on the back of a 2-0 opening day defeat to FC Pocheon.

Suwon were able to advance to the fourth round in 2018 but lost to eventual runners up Ulsan Hyundai in the fourth round.Before that, Suwon hadn't made it past the third round since 2014 following defeats to Ulsan Mipo Dockyard Dolphins, Daejeon Citizen, and Seongnam FC in 2015, 2016, and 2017 respectively. As a K League side, Wednesday's tie with Chungju will be the club's first FA Cup meeting with a team from K3. However, since 2013, Suwon have just three FA Cup wins. Chungju make it into the second round on the back of a 5-0 demolition over amateur side FC Dongwoo for what was just the club's fourth ever FA Cup match. In 2018, Chungju made it to the third round before losing to Busan Transportation Corporation 4-0 away.

You can read Lee Youngsub's full preview: here

Asan Mugunghwa (K2) vs Yangpyeong FC (K3A) 19:00
Yisunsin Stadium, Asan Google Map, Naver Map


Asan Mugunghwa got back to winning ways last time out with a 3-2 home win over Bucheon FC 1995. A week prior, Park Donghyuk's side had suffered a rather uncharacteristically heavy defeat to Gwangju, succumbing to a 4-0 loss at Guus Hiddink Stadium - the first reverse in eight. Yangpeyong make the trip west to South Chungcheong Province on the back of two straight wins, a 3-0 win over Ulsan University in the previous round before edging past Paju Citizen for the K3 Advanced season opener on Saturday.

Asan enjoyed a decent run in the FA Cup last year, making it to the sixth round before losing to Jeonnam Dragons on penalties. During that run the police team put seven past Yeoju Sejong in what was the club's only previous encounter with a team from K3. Yangpyeong make it into the third round on the back of the aforementioned win over Ulsan University. In 2018 the K3 Advanced side were thumped 8-0 by eventual winners Daegu FC for what was their most recent meeting with K League opposition. Prior to which, Yangpyeong knocked out K League 1 side Sangju Sangmu on penalties, the club's only other encounter with professional opposition.

You can read Branko Belan's full preview: here



Busan Transportation Corporation (NL) vs Gyeongju KHNP (NL) 19:00
Gudeok Stadium, Busan Google Map, Naver Map

The only all-National League tie of the round sees Busan Transportation Corporation take on last year's title winners Gyeongju KHNP. The two sides have already faced each other this season, playing out a 0-0 draw on the opening day of the league season. Since then, Gyeongju suffered a 2-0 loss away to Mokpo City whilst Busan drew 1-1 away to Daejeon Korail.

In 31 previous meetings, Gyeongju have 13 wins to Busan's 11 and seven draws. In Busan, Transportation Corporation FC have five wins to Gyeongju's seven and three draws. Gyeongju are unbeaten against Busan in their last eight meetings with six wins and two draws. Busan have won just four FA Cup ties in their history, the most recent being a 4-0 win over Chungju Citizen in the third round last year. Gyeongju FA Cup history makes for better reading however as, despite losing to Gimhae City in round five, had knocked out K League 2 side Seongnam FC in round four. Gyeongju KHNP have faced fellow National League opposition on three previous occasions, winning just once - a penalty shootout victory over Cheonan City in April 2016.

Prediction: Busan Transportation Corporation 1-3 Gyeongju KHNP

Cheongju FC (K3A) vs Incheon University 19:00
Cheongju Civic Stadium, Cheongju Google Map, Naver Map

A 3-0 win over Chungang University in round two sets Cheongju FC up for this Wednesday's third round tie with Incheon University. Cheongju, though, welcome Incheon University on the back of a 1-0 away defeat to Shiheung Citizen in the K3 Advanced season opener on Saturday. Cheongju overcame Chungang University in round two with a comfortable 3-0 win. Incheon University make it to the third round after a 1-0 extra time win over Kyunghee University in round two.

Cheongju have never made it past the third round before having been eliminated at this stage in 2012 to Pohang Steelers 4-0. Against university opposition, Cheongju have played seven and won just three. The most recent win over a university side prior to this season was back in 2013, a 5-1 win Ajou University. Incheon University have come up against K3 opposition just twice before, a 2-0 loss to FC Pocheon in 2018 and a penalty shootout victory over Gwangju Gwangsan in 2014.

Prediction: Cheongju FC 1-2 Incheon University

Daejeon Citizen (K2) vs Dankook University 19:00
Daejeon World Cup Stadium, Daejeon Google Map, Naver Map

Still unbeaten from the first three league outings of the new campaign, the Purples' attention turns to the Korean FA Cup this Wednesday where Ko Jongsoo's Daejeon Citizen host Dankook Univeristy. Citizen have lost to university opposition just once in their history and so will be confident of advancing to the next round. However, Wednesday's opposition have made it to the fourth round once before by beating eventual K League 2 Champions Sangju Sangmu in round three back in 2016.

Daejeon Citizen and Dankook University have never faced each other in competitive action before. However, against university teams, Daejeon have just one loss to their name - a penalty shootout defeat to Yeonsei University in 2008 after a 2-2 draw. The visitors to Purple Arena this Wednesday have faced K League opposition on just two previous occasions, Sangju Sangmu and Jeonbuk Hyundai in Round 3 and Round 4 respectively in 2016. After beating Sangju by two-goals-to-one, Dankook's giant killing efforts were rewarded with a trip to Jeonju Castle to take on the might of Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. After extra time, Choi Kanghee's Jeonbuk went on to record a 3-1 win.

You can read Paul Neat's full preview: here


Daejeon Korail (NL) vs Jeonju University 19:00
Hanbat Stadium, Daejeon Google Map, Naver Map

One of two matches to kick off in Daejeon on Wednesday evening is Daejeon Korail of the National League taking on Jeonju University. Korail have begun the new season two consecutive draws meaning that the win-less run now stands at 16 matches dating back to last July. Jeonju University, on the other hand, began the new U-League season with a 2-1 home win over Wooseok University last Friday thanks to goals from Kim Yungon and Jegal Jaemin.

In 2018 Koreail managed to pull off a cupset by knocking out K League 2 side Gwangju FC only to lose to Chuncheon in round four. Korail's best run in the competition was making it to the round of 16 in 2014 and 2015. In five meetings with university sides, Daejeon Korail have two wins and three losses with the most recent encounter being a 3-0 win over city neighbours Hannam University. Meanwhile, Jeonju University have come up against National League opposition on just two previous occasions, losing one and winning one.

Prediction: Daejeon Korail 0-1 Jeonju University

Gyeongju Citizen (K3A) vs Gangneung City (NL) 19:00
Gyeongju Football Park Pitch 3 Google Map, Naver Map

Gyeongju Citizen from K3 Advanced, the fourth tier, host Gangneung City from the National League, the third tier, this Wednesday evening, on the back of a 2-0 opening day win over Icheon Citizen. The visitors to the former capital of the Silla Kingdom, Gangneung, have hit the ground running in 2019 with two wins on the trot to start the new campaign. The seasiders from Gangwon Province now have seven wins on the trot going back to last term.

Last season Gyeongju lost in extra time to Busan IPark in the fourth round. In 2016 Gyeongju made it to the fourth round only to lose to K League 2 side Bucheon FC 1995. Wednesday's tie will be the first time Gyeongju have come up against National League competition in the FA Cup. Gangneung, meanwhile, face faced K3 opposition just once before in the competition, a 1-0 win over FC Pocheon in July 2014.

Prediction: Gyeongju Citizen 1-2 Gangneung City

Jeonnam Dragons (K2) vs Gwangju FC (K2) 19:00
Gwangyang Football Stadium, Gwangyang Google Map, Naver Map


Just two seasons ago Jeonnam Dragons versus Gwangju FC would have been an all-K League 1 clash and in quite possibly the fourth round where the top tier teams enter the competition. Alas, the Dragons will host their South Jeolla neighbours Gwangju looking to make it two wins in two in all competitions. Fabiano Soares' side began the new season with back to back defeats before easing past FC Anyang in K League 2 Round 3. However, the Dragons relieved some of the pressure on their new gaffer with the 1-0 win over the Violets.

Gwangju have begun the new season in fine fettle, Brazilian striker Felipe in particular who has found the net five times already this season. Following on from the hat-trick at home to Asan Mugunghwa, the six foot three inches tall hitman equalised for the Yellows at home to Busan IPark last week, cancelling out his compatriot Rômulo's 49th minute penalty. Wednesday's meeting will be the first between the two clubs in the FA Cup and twentieth overall. From the previous 19 meetings Gwangju have eight wins to Jeonnam's four and five draws. In Jeonnam, both teams have four wins each.

You can read Aodan Halligan's full preview: here


Bucheon FC 1995 (K2) vs Seoul E-Land (K2) 19:30
Bucheon Civic Stadium, Bucheon Google Map, Naver Map

The final match of the round is an all-K League 2 clash between Bucheon FC 1995 and Seoul E-Land. E-Land will make the short trip across the Seoul Capital Area to Bucheon on the back of a three-game win-less run in 2019 having drawn their last two and losing to Gwangju on the opening day of the campaign. The Leopards have never made it past the forth round in their brief history. In both 2018 and 2017 E-Land fell at the first hurdle after losing to Korea University and FC Pocheon respectively. In 2016, E-Land needed extra time to beat Hwaseong but were then knocked out by Sungkyunkwan University on penalties in the next round.

The hosts, Bucheon, began the new season with back-to-back wins but suffered a 3-2 reverse to 2018 K League 2 Champions Asan Mugunghwa last time out. Last season Bucheon began their FA Cup campaign with an all-K2 clash but lost away to Busan IPark by two-goals-to-one. In 2016 and 2017 however the Reds earned themselves somewhat of a reputation as a giant-killer. In 2016 Bucheon made it all the way to the semi-finals, displacing Pohang Steelers and Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors along the way before losing 1-0 to eventual runners up FC Seoul at Sangam. In 2017 Bucheon made it to the fifth round after once again displacing Jeonbuk but lost to Sangju Sangmu in the fifth round.

You can read George Slade's full preview: here


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