K. League Review: Ulsan deny Dragons in thrilling finale

26 October 2014 08:31

Ulsan denied Jeonnam Dragons in the battle for the final spot in the K. League’s championship round, in a thrilling Sunday finale.

The two sides began the day on 44 points, with the onus on Jeonnam to overhaul Ulsan in sixth – the latter holding the better goal difference.

And at one stage in their synonymous fixtures, Jeonnam were set to advance as they were level 1-1 away at Incheon United while Ulsan trailed 3-1 at Seongnam.

But Ulsan stormed home to win 4-3 with three late goals, rendering Jeonnam’s own fightback from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 as consolation.

Tarta, Ho Lee and Park Dong-Hyuk all scored for Ulsan in a frantic finish, while Australian defender Robbie Cornthwaite scored two late goals to earn Jeonnam a point.

Ulsan’s win keeps alive their hopes of breaking into the top-three and securing an AFC Champions League place, with five league matches in the championship round remaining.

Pohang Steelers, in the final Champions League spot in third, enjoyed a 3-0 win at home to cellar-dwellers Sangju Sangmu.

Runaway leaders Jeonbuk Motors were 1-0 winners at home to second-placed Suwon Bluewings, for their fifth straight league win and also taking them to a 10-match unbeaten streak in the top flight.

The result saw Jeonbuk move 10 points clear top of the table.

Gyeongnam edged Jeju United 1-0, while Seoul were held at home to Busan I’Park 1-1.