Pohang Steelers Mirae Ko Young-jun (22) expressed his regret about not being able to win despite scoring multiple goals.
Pohang drew 2-2 against Ulsan Hyundai at the Ulsan Munsu Stadium on the 22nd in the ‘East Coast Derby’ in the 8th round of the ‘Hana 1 Q K League 1 2023’.
In the ‘East Coast Derby’ played in front of 16,761 spectators, Pohang took the lead with Ko Young-jun’s multi-goal. In the 14th minute of the first half, Ko Young-jun, who received Sim Sang-min’s penetrating pass, calmly beat Ulsan goalkeeper Jo Hyun-woo and scored the opening goal.
In the 9th minute of the second half, he shook the net with a sharp right-footed shot in front of the penalty box and scored multiple goals.
Thanks to Ko Young-Jun’s performance, Pohang’s expectations for victory grew, but after that, Joo Joo-Kyu and Bako conceded and the game ended in a 2-2 draw.
Pohang, who shared 1 point with Ulsan, continued their undefeated march with 16 points (4 wins, 4 draws), but maintained the 3rd place in the league.
At the post-game press conference, Koh Young-joon, the main character of the multi-goal that day, expressed his regret, saying, “I played the game in a good mood while the team was undefeated, and I was winning, but it felt like I lost because of a tie.” 스포츠토토
Koh Young-joon, the club’s next franchise star who has been in the Pohang youth system since elementary school, revealed how he felt about playing the ‘East Coast Derby’ against Ulsan.
Koh Young-jun said, “Since I was in elementary school, I’ve been a Pohang youth player and watched a lot of ‘East Coast Derby’.”
He added, “When it comes to Ulsan, the players’ mindset seems to change. I strongly feel that I have to win when I prepare for the ‘East Coast Derby’.”
Regarding the secret to scoring multiple goals that day, Koh Young-jun cited coach Kim Ki-dong’s advice. After the game, coach Kim highly praised him, saying, “Ko Young-joon is playing because of his skills, not because of the U-22 rules.”