Jung-suk fires six as Korea Republic blank Thailand 11-0 (July 20 2006)

By Etsuko Miyazaki

ADELAIDE: After suffering a surprise 4-0 defeat to hosts Australia on the opening day, Korea Republic took it out on Thailand with an 11-0 mauling here at the Hindmarsh Stadium on Thursday.

The easy win helped Korea rise to third in Group B above the Thais and, with matches against Myanmar and DPR Korea still to come, in with a chance of making the semifinals.

The victory margin of this match is also the highest so far for the tournament after DPR Korea’s 9-0 humiliation of the same team two days back.

Coach Ahn Jong-kwan opted to field three strikers Cha Yun-hee, Kim Joo-hee and Jung Jung-suk, a move which caught the Thais unawares as they struggled to get right their moves.

On a cold afternoon, Korea started strongly but it was only midway through the first half that Ahn’s team was able to open the scoring. A freekick into the crowded box saw Thai goalkeeper Sudtavee Kanyawee fumble for the ball before Cha Yun-hee lashed it home with her right foot (1-0, 31).

The goal opened the floodgates as eight minutes later Jung Jung-suk, waiting in the centre of the box, took her own time in collecting the ball from Cha Yun-hee before guiding it into the net (2-0, 39).

The Koreans managed to score two more before the break through Kim Joo-hee (42, 3-0) and Cha Yun-hee (44, 4-0) and upon resumption picked up from where they had left off through Jung Jung-suk (49, 5-0).

Thailand’s young striker Pitsamai Sornsai was a silent spectator as the Koreans ran riot.

A rebound was lashed in by Kim Jin-hee (60, 6-0) as Korea grew in confidence and Jung Jung-suk fired four goals in the last 20 minutes (71, 7-0; 80, 8-0; 83, 9-0; 86, 10-0).

The Thais would no doubt have been thankful for the match to end there but there was still time left on the clock allowing substitute Jung Sey-hwa to pile on the misery (87, 11-0).

“I am satisfied with today’s result,” said Korean coach Ahn. “We played our own style. But compared to Australia, the Thais are a very young side.”

Thai coach Yapaha Suphon drew the positives. “This match was our best in terms of attempts. We didn’t come here only to defend. Since we are a young side I wanted my players to gain experience.”

Korea Republic next play Myanmar on July 22 and defending champions DPR Korea two days later.