Yeongdeungpo Industrial High School has won the Wangjoong championship for the first time in its history.
Led by head coach Kim Jae-woong, Seoul’s Yeongdeungpo Technical High School defeated Chungnam’s Shinpyeong High School 1-0 in the final of the 2023 National High School Football League Wangjoong Wangjeong (78th National High School Football Championship) at Changnyeong Sports Park on Monday.
Yeongdeungpo Gonggo won the Wangjoongwangjeon title to become the third team to win the national championship this year after winning the Baekwoongi in February and the Presidential Gold Medal in early August.
The National High School Football League Wangjoongwangjeon, which was held in Changnyeong-gun, Gyeongnam, on the 14th, featured 64 teams that excelled in their respective regional leagues, including K League youth teams, high schools, and clubs. The final was the first time since 2016 that a high school team was pitted against a non-KLU youth or club team. Both teams came into the final undefeated, boasting powerful offenses. Shinpyeonggo scored 22 points in seven games with six wins and one draw from the group stage, while Yeongdeungpo Gonggo scored 18 points in seven wins 온라인바카라.
As expected of a spear vs. spear matchup, the game was intense from the start. Both teams tried to play quick forward passes and strong forward pressure. There were fierce battles for possession all over the field and quick turnovers. However, the decisive goal did not come easily.
The goal came from a set piece. Yeongdeungpo Gonggo took the lead in the 21st minute of the second half when Son Seung-min’s left-footed kick from a corner kick was met by central defender Sun Ye-jun with a high header.
With the rain falling heavily, Yeongdeungpo Gonggo played a steady defense to secure the win. Shinpyeonggo tried to attack from the height by bringing 190-centimeter Jung Mah-ho, who played as a defender, to the front line. They didn’t give up until the end, and even goalkeeper Ham Seung-joo was involved in the attack on a set-piece opportunity in extra time, but failed to score the equalizer. In the end, Sun Ye-jun scored the winning goal and Yeongdeungpo Gonggo was crowned king of the tournament.
This is the second time Yeongdeungpo Gonggo has won both the Presidential Gold Medal and the Wangjoong Wangjeon, which are directly organized by the Korea Football Association, in the same year after Pyeongtaek Jinwi FC last year.