Korea Republic are in prime position to advance to the final round 2017 EAFF E-1 Football Championship Women’s Tournament following a blowout 14-0 victory over Hong Kong on Friday in the Round 2 qualifying tournament.
After the Taeguk Ladies opened their campaign with a 13-0 win over Guam on Tuesday, they showed little mercy to the hosts and put on an equally impressive display at the Hong Kong Football Club.
It took 11 minutes for the Hong Kong’s defence to break down, with Lee Geummin lobbing the ball over goalkeeper Ng Cheuk Wai, who was well off her line, to make it 1-0.
Their next goal came eight minutes later, with Lee Youngju delivering from distance to double the lead. Just three minutes later, Hong Kong defender Kwok Ching Man was called for a handball in the penalty area and Lee Min A made it 3-0 from the spot.
Up 5-0 at halftime after Lee Hyun Young’s first of the day and a Hong Kong own goal, Korea Republic stepped up in the second half with Lee Hyun Young’s second from close range in the 53rd minute, followed three minutes later by Lee Youngju’s tremendous goal from distance to make it 7-0.
Goals from Choe Yuri and Kwon Eunsom sandwiched Cheung Wai Ki’s own goal to put Korea Republic into double digit territory by the 69th minute, and Lee Geummin secured her hat trick with two more goals in the 70th and 72nd minutes, the first a tremendous effort from outside the penalty area and the second off a clever spin just metres from the goal mouth.
Jang Selgi scored her team’s final goal from open play in the 75th minute to make it 13-0, with Lee Sodam converting from the spot for the final scoreline.
The result leaves Korea Republic on top of the group with two wins, 27 goals scored, and none allowed.