Striker Kang Min-gyu (25), who led Chungnam Asan FC to its first win of the season, spoke about the game that day.
Kang Min-gyu said in an interview after finishing the home game against Cheonan City FC in the ‘Hana 1 Q K League 2 2023’ held at Yi Sun-shin Sports Complex on the 18th with a 1-0 victory, “I haven’t won in the meantime, but I won against Cheonan, so I feel like I prepared well and won. This is good,” he said.
Kang Min-gyu received a pass from Park Se-jik in the 34th minute of the second half and scored the winning goal of the match by shooting from the front of the arc. It was the goal that gave the team their first win of the season.
“I was thinking about what I would do if I went into (the game). It came out well as prepared. The coach said, ‘Be prepared well because you are a player who runs mainly in space,’ and he prepared well and showed it in the game.”
Regarding the scoring scene, “When the pass came in, the control was good, so I connected it with a shot. I didn’t know it before hitting it, but after hitting it, I looked at the ball with the mindset of ‘I’m going to go in,’ and it went in.”
Regarding the fact that he scored a goal and ran to the bench, he said, “I scored the goal, but since it was helped by my teammates, I only thought of running to it out of gratitude.”
Manager Park Dong-hyeok confessed that he was worried about whether or not Kang Min-gyu would start, saying, “Actually, I didn’t train on the starting list until yesterday.” He said, “After halftime, he said to Min-gyu, ‘I think I will score a goal’. It fit. Great luck followed me and the team. He continued, saying, “Because he is a player who has both strength and speed, we can expect from him in the future.”
Regarding this, Kang Min-gyu said, “Before entering the game, the coach said, ‘I feel the energy that I am going to score a goal’. He wasn’t particularly conscious of scoring goals,” he said, introducing the conversation he had with the manager. 안전놀이터
Last season, he also contributed to the team’s victory by scoring the team’s opening goal and his first goal of the season in the 4th round against Gimpo FC. Again, he led the team to its first win in round 4.
He said, “The amazing thing is that I scored the first goal when I was in Namdong (K4 club Namdong FC). There is something magical in that way,” he said, introducing a special connection to the “first goal”.
Having scored 2 goals in 24 games last season and celebrated his second professional season this year, he said, “Last year, I couldn’t play much in the second half, so my confidence was low and my emotions were down. I am running with the mindset that I have to show it well,” he said, emphasizing that he is playing the game with a more mature attitude mentally.
Regarding the victory over Cheonan, a local rival, he drew a line saying that he played without much awareness, saying, “The players did not talk about local rivals or things like that, but said let’s prepare well.”