Shock in Korean FA Cup for Mopko City

Last week on Wednesday night the fifth round of the Korean FA Cup took place. The most notable results where Jeonbuk Motors suffering an away defeat to Asan Mugunghwa.

Meanwhile, Daegu scored eight without reply as they beat Yangpyeong of the K3. 

These two results, however, were not the biggest story of the round as that award falls to Mokpo City of the National League in Korea (South Korea's third division). 

What happened with Mokpo City?

On the 8th August 2018, Mokpo City took on Incheon United of the K League 1 in the FA Cup fifth round. This was a tie that the K League 1 side where rightly big favourites for. 

The Korean national side made up of non-professional players travelled to Incheon am sure looking to do their team proud. They ended up doing a lot more than that as they run out 2-1 winners at the Sungui Arena Park. 

In true cup shock fashion, the winner came for the underdogs in the dying seconds when Kim Sang-Wook scored for the visitors in the 96th minute. Although reports suggest that the result was a deserved one as Mokpo City attacked their opponents from the start. 

Meanwhile, the home side pushed on in the second half with the game level. Although it all came good for the underdogs when Kim Sang-wook scored with a free kick to win the tie.

More about the National League side 

Last season Mokpo City advanced to the semi-final of the FA Cup so being in the latter stages of the competition is not something new for them. Since then, however, their coach Kim Jong-hyuk has left the club. The club is now managed by a duo of Kim Jung-Hyuk and Kim Sang-Hoon. 

The side is, of course, hoping that these impressive results in the cup will follow in improved league form as they currently sit in sixth place in the league 22 points of the leaders Gyeongju.

A note to make also is this season the club have their first foreign player in the Japanese player Tatsudo. The player is a 23-year-old midfielder and graduated from Hannan University in Japan. I understand that the player then key on a move to professional football had failed trials with K League sides.

His dream of playing professional football, however, might not be over though as he showed impressive power and skill against the Incheon midfielder.

It will now be interesting to see if the side can keep their run going as they are likely to face another K League team in the next round. 

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