Jung Ju-hyung, a member of the Ansan Greeners (owner Lee Min-geun) Under-18 (U-18) Youth Team, was named the top scorer of the 2023 GROUND.N K League U18 Championship.
On July 7, a ceremony was held to honor Ansan U-18’s Jeong Ju-hyung for being the top scorer in the K League Youth Championship before kickoff of the team’s home game against Chungbuk Cheongju FC in the 25th round of the Hana OneQ K League 2 2023 at Wah~ Stadium. The ceremony was held in the club’s media room due to inclement weather. Lee Jung-sook, the club’s CEO, attended the ceremony.
Ansan U-18’s Jung Joo-hyung was the team’s offensive force at the tournament, leading the team to the round of 16. Individually, he was also honored as the tournament’s top scorer. He is known for his excellent goal-scoring ability and quickness to break through.
It’s unusual for a top scorer in the championship to come from a team that reached the round of 16 and not the winner. Jeong scored five goals in the tournament, four in the group stage and one in the round of 16, to earn the top scorer honor.
After scoring in the sixth minute of the second leg against Gimpo FC in Group 1, Jeong scored again in the 29th minute to give the team its first win with a multi-goal performance. In the second and third rounds, he converted free kicks in the second minute and 23rd minute, respectively, giving him a total of four points in the group stage. Jung’s performance helped Ansan advance to the round of 16.
Against Jeonbuk Hyundai U-18 in the Round of 16, Ansan took the lead in the 18th minute with a free kick from Jeong Ju-hyung, but Jeonbuk came back to win the match 1-2 and ended the tournament.
Ansan head coach Kim Gil-sik said, “It’s encouraging to have a top scorer in our youth team. I think it was a good motivation for the youth players. 꽁머니 We plan to pay attention to and develop our youth players so that they can grow into players who can represent the region, and we are looking forward to the future,” he said in a congratulatory message.
Jung Joo-hyung, who won the top scorer of the youth tournament, said, “It’s a new feeling to be the top scorer in a big tournament where all the K-League youth clubs gather. I would like to thank my manager, coach, and fellow players for helping me become the top scorer, and I hope to become a player who can help the team in the future.”