Captain Dave Clarke fires late winner for Three Lions.
England 2-1 South Korea
IBSA Blind World Football Championship
thePoint4, The Royal College for the Blind, Hereford By Matt Phillips in Hereford
Photographs courtesy of Colin Cruwys
England's World Championship campaign is finally up and running thanks to a Dave Clarke penalty five minutes from time.
The Three Lions' captain and record goalscorer notched his 109th England goal from the 8m mark to give Tony Larkin's side a much needed three points.
A tense first half ended in stalemate, but it took England just two minutes after the restart to score their opening goal of the tournament.
A weaving run from substitute Robin Williams saw the South Korean defence fluff a clearance and Jonathan Gribbin pounced to smash home his 11th goal in as many appearances from close range.
Gribbin could have had a hat-trick as South Korea sailed past the three foul limit and gifted the England hitman two seperate shots from the 8m mark.
Despite being cheered on by a near sell-out crowd at thepoint4, Gribbin saw both attempts go wide of the South Korean goal.
They were made to pay as the visitors seemed to have sealed a point eight minutes from time, when a long clearance fell into the path of Yun Cheol Shin. He turned Keryn Seal and slotted the ball neatly past Dan James.
But yet another South Korean foul gave Dave Clarke the opportunity to put The Three Lions in the lead and the 39-year-old almost made it three in the last few seconds but his 8m effort smashed against the post.
The England skipper was clearly delighted with the win at full-time following Saturday's late loss to Spain, saying: "We want to win so badly. Not just for ourselves but for everyone who has bought a ticket for the World Championship and is supporting England.
"We were probably guilty of trying too hard against Spain but tonight was a great win for us. South Korea had a game plan and stuck to it throughout which shows the quality of opposition here in Hereford and that Blind Football is on the up around the world.
"It was a great second half performance from us and something we must repeat on Tuesday against Japan."