Group I: Hang Yuan FC 0-3 4.25 SC
New Taipei: DPR Korea champions 4.25 SC kicked off their 2019 AFC Cup Group I campaign with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Chinese Taipei’s Hang Yuan on Wednesday.
The visitors started the game on the front foot and Won Song’s spectacular curling effort from 20 yards brought out a flying save from Huang Chiu-Lin after 14 minutes.
Some determined defensive blocks kept 4.25 SC out on several occasions but the opening goal looked a matter of time as the Koreans continued to dominate.
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But a defensive slip from 4.25 SC saw Hang Yuan come close to taking the lead. Jhon Miky Benchy Estama broke clear on the right and his pass found Ju Ik-Seong in space on the far side of the area. The striker hesitated, allowing An Tae-song to come out and block his shot. The ball broke to Lin Shih-Kai on the edge of the box and his drilled effort was cleared off the line.
The visitors deservedly took the lead after a neat move in the 33rd minute, with Pak Myong-song cutting the ball back for O Hyok-chol to sidefoot home.
And 4.25 SC made it 2-0 before half-time. O Hyok-chol turned provider and his cross from the right was well controlled by Son Phyong-il who turned and powerfully rifled into the net.
The visitors should have made it 3-0 in the 59th minute but Rim Chol-min sliced his shot wide when clean through on goal.
Benchy threatened for the home side but sent his shot over the bar just after the hour mark.
As the game entered the closing stages, Pak Myong-song’s long-range shot went just wide for 4.25 SC as they continued to dominate. The hosts refused to give up and Ju Ik-Seong had a decent effort on goal that was just too high.
But 4.25 SC would have the final say as substitute Kim Yu-song added their third goal with a header from Kwon Chung-hyok’s cross in added time.
Next up for 4.25 SC are Kitchee SC who visit DPR Korea from Hong Kong on April 17th, while Hang Yuan will hope for a better outcome when they travel to Hong Kong to face Wofoo Tai Po.
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