Jeju United is getting over the ‘second hump’ with ease. Jeju wiped out a 10-match winless streak that lasted 91 days with a 3-0 victory over Suwon FC in the 26th round of the Hana OneQ K League 1 2023 at Jeju World Cup Stadium on Wednesday, thanks to a brace from Yuri Jonatan and another from Hayes. Jeju, who had been languishing in ninth place in the direct relegation zone, jumped three places to sixth place with the three points to improve to 34 points from nine wins, seven draws and 10 losses with 12 days remaining. They opened up an 11-point gap on 10th-placed Suwon FC (23 points), who are in the relegation playoffs, while also closing the gap on teams in the Asian Champions League. There was a lot to be gained from a valuable point.
Brazilian striker Yuri Jonatan, Jeju’s ambitious signing this year, stood out as the ‘hero’. Jeju had been struggling to find the back of the net when they needed it. This day was different. After withstanding an early onslaught from their opponents, Jeju scored the game-winner in the 34th minute, just over a minute after Suwon FC’s Kim Hyun had his goal disallowed. Lim Chang-woo’s right cross was met by Yuri Jonatan with a precise header that split the net. Yuri Jonatan, who hadn’t scored since June 10 against Ulsan, added another goal in the second minute of first-half stoppage time with a strong left-footed shot into the bottom left corner of the goal from the penalty arc. It was his first single-game multi-goal performance since joining the K League. It was a “summoning” performance for In-Joo, who has scored a total of 39 goals for Jeju in the past two seasons. He added one more goal in second-half stoppage time, but it was called back for an offside penalty, denying him a hat trick. The one-shot, one-kill performance, where he scored two goals on just two shots, was reminiscent of Lee Min-gyu.
Jeju handled Suwon FC’s attack, led by Lee Seung-woo, with aplomb. Without backing down defensively, Jeju deployed Seo Jin-soo and Kim Joo-gong, who have good forward dribbling abilities, on the flanks and in the middle to make Suwon FC more urgent, especially Seo Jin-soo, who recorded three successful dribbles on the day, the most for both teams. His two ‘Marseille turns’ drew the crowd’s applause. Seo Jin-soo, who led a one-man show in a 5-0 win over Suwon FC in May, erased the shadow of Gerso, Jeju’s ace of the past two seasons, with his dribbling and breakaway ability until he was substituted off in the 27th minute. 먹튀검증
In the 17th minute of the second half, the third goal was the most complete of the three. Seo Jin-soo won the ball on the right side of the Jeju box, and Im Chang-woo played it to Yuri Jonatan on the halfway line. Yuri Jonatan played a short pass to Kim Joo-gong, who was running forward, and Kim stabbed a pass into the space on the left. With the ball in hand, Hayes stepped into the box and aimed for the left corner of the goal. Seo Jin-soo’s dedication, Lim Chang-woo’s forwardness, Yuri Jonatan’s link-up play, and Hayes’ finishing ability all came together. Meanwhile, Jeju completed the ‘perfect day’ with the launch of the ‘Jeju Forest’ eco-friendly recycled jerseys and a ‘Jeju Forest’ ceremony to signify their commitment to environmental protection and to protect the beauty of Jeju.