“Show the pride of Anyang. Dedicate without regret, stand together as one. Fierce to the end, the responsibility of the emblem. We, not me.”
A long hanger hangs on one side of the supporters’ section of FC Anyang’s home stadium. It’s an urgent message from the fans to the Anyang players, who need to qualify for the K League 2 playoffs to win promotion. They emphasized “dedication,” “unity,” and “responsibility.
The fans’ wishes worked. Anyang won 3-0 against Seoul Eland FC in the 37th round of the Hana OneQ K League 2 2023 at Anyang Sports Complex on April 28. Kim Dong-jin’s goal in the third minute of the second half, Gong Min-hyun’s goal in the 28th minute, and Kim Ha-joon’s goal in stoppage time secured the victory. Anyang is now just five points behind fifth-place Gyeongnam FC, and their remaining two matches will determine their playoff fate.
It was a last ditch effort from the sky. In order to hold on to a glimmer of hope, Anyang strived to be a “one-man team” throughout the preparation for the game. Behind the scenes, the senior players were acting responsibly.
In the pre-match press conference, Lee Woo-hyung said that he saw the players meeting separately and talking about the game. There were also team dinners to improve the team atmosphere. It was reported that the senior players on the team organized a team meal at their own expense and enjoyed a coffee break.
On the field, the team’s performance was boosted by players returning from injury. The brothers didn’t shy away from criticism and encouraged their teammates with words of encouragement and support. The players’ actions were more effective than the coach’s hundred words.
Coach Lee Woo-hyung was also positive about his players’ fierce fighting spirit. Even though they didn’t win against Bucheon FC 1995 in the last round, all the players, including Ahn Yong-woo, who scored the first goal of the season, played as one and played with passion.
In the third minute of the second half, Kim Dong-jin scored the first goal with an individual effort. Even after Gong Min-hyun scored another goal in the 28th minute of the second half, Anyang poured out their remaining energy until the end. The fans cheered even louder and applauded the players’ dedication. Finally, a goal in stoppage time sent Anyang Sports Complex into a frenzy. 토토사이트
Anyang broke its eight-match winless streak and won its ninth game, and behind it were the veterans’ responsibility to the “One Team,” the junior players’ silent support, and the fans’ support. With two games left, Anyang is on the road to the playoffs.