New Korean signing Jung Sang-deok has settled in well with South Cardiff. Picture: Peter Stoop
KOREAN import Jung Sang-deok delivered on his promise with a starring role in South Cardiff’s comeback 3-3 draw with the Jets Youth on Sunday.
After a quiet game in week one, Jung was voted players’ player after setting up two of South Cardiff’s goals as they fought back from a 3-1 deficit at Ulinga Oval in round two.
Goals to Sean Clerke, Mitch Wallace and Dean Kelley gave South Cardiff a share of the points after Radovan Pavicevic, Ryan Ensor and Jake Adelson put the visitors up 3-1 inside 25 minutes.
It was the second week in a row the Gunners have come from two goals down to draw, after a 2-2 stalemate with Maitland to open the season.
Jung is highly rated and had attracted interest from three other NPL clubs before joining South Cardiff.
He shapes as a key player at No.10 for the Gunners, especially given the limited roles Brad Waters and Wallace will play this year.
Waters has moved to Sydney for work and will not play for at least the opening month while he settles in.
Wallace is expected to miss close to half the season while on an overseas holiday.
Waters appeared a vital player at No.10 this season after missing 2014 with a knee injury, but the club is now not counting on his input.
Jung, 24, who played third-tier football with Korean side Changwon City before coming to Australia this year, is quickly coming to terms with the physicality of the NPL and could be a match-winner at Ulinga.
The 24-year-old is one of three Korean additions to the NPL this campaign. Lee Soo-myung is at Lambton and Ko Sanjin at Broadmeadow.
■ Valentine reaffirmed themselves as the team to beat in the race for promotion with a 3-2 win over Lake Macquarie on Saturday at Cahill Oval.
Phoenix, who were relegated after 2013, edged out last year’s demoted team to be first on 17 points from seven rounds. They are away to battling Toronto Awaba on Sunday. Lake Macquarie, who have 13 points in six games, host Cessnock City.
Cooks Hill thumped Toronto 6-1 and this week travel to Kahibah, who beat Thornton 3-1.
Wallsend beat Singleton 3-2 and are away to Belmont Swansea in round eight. Singleton welcome Thornton.
West Wallsend, who have the bye, beat Cessnock 2-0.