Raynes Park football tournament proves big success with Korean community


Seven teams took part in the competition


By Rachel Hur

Football fanatics enjoyed the third Korean Football Tournament at Raynes Park last weekend.

Seven teams took part in the annual tournament at Bushey Football Ground: Regents FC (Team A and Team B), TSP, YBFC, Myung Sung Church, Thames FC and Bournemouth FC.

In the knock-out competition, the teams were put in two groups for the group stage, with the first and second placed teams of each group going into the semi-finals.

Myung Sung Church beat TSP 2-0 in their semi-final clash thanks to Young-Kang Cho who scored a goal and assisted the other, despite playing with an injury.

Regent FC A team beat YBFC by 4-2 courtesy of two goals from Hee-Won Choi.

Myung Sung Church beat Regent FC A team comfortably 4-0 in the final to be crowned winners.

The match included an incredible team goal bringing around 100 people in the crowd to their feet on the chilly Saturday evening.

Tournament organiser Rev. Sang Youl Kim said: “I am delighted to have organized another successful football competition for young Koreans in the community for the third year running.

“We had problems with lack of finances and sponsorship but we hope next year we can receive more help. The passion shown by all those involved today was incredible.”

The winning team, runners up, and third-placed team all received a trophy and a World Cup replica ball as a prize.

In addition, the two best players of the tournament, highest scorer and best defender each won an individual trophy and tickets to a Chelsea FC home match.

Highest goal scorer Sung Mo Kang, who scored seven goals to help Myung Sung Church win the competition, said he was delighted with his achievement and happy for the team.

The next Korean football competition is expected to take place in April next year.

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