An 87th minute equaliser from Yasunao Makino denied Fujieda the full three points in the Shizuoka derby against Japan Football League rivals Honda FC. In a game that saw MYFC looking fourth win in a row, there was as little to separate the two sides as there is in terms of geography but it could have been very different for the home side.
Buoyed by their biggest home attendance of the season, Ken Hisatomi got Fujieda off to a flying start opening the scoring after just fifteen minutes. It was the midfielders first goal for the club since signing permanently from Yamaga this year.
This settled the home side’s nerves and six minutes before half time, they doubled their advantage to send an enthusiastic derby day crowd into fever pitch. Player/manager and ex-Japan international, Toshihide Saito, got his first goal of the season from defence. This allowed his side go into the break with a two goal lead, dreaming of revenge for last season’s beatings by their fierce rivals.
Things were looking almost too good for MYFC and they were reminded of the task they still had in hand 13 minutes into the second half. Thirty year old midfielder Junichiro Shibata scored past his namesake for his first of the season.
However, any pessimists in the Fujieda Sports Complex crowd were given renewed hope of victory just two minutes later when another defender scored for Saito’s men in purple. This time it was Shinji Tominari who doubled his side’s lead, getting his second goal for the club in the process.
The home side were now riding high but complacency may have begun to creep in as Honda soon halved their advantage in the 71st minute through 22 year old Yuya Suzuki scoring his first JFL goal in his debut season for the visitors.
Anxiety quickly set in for the home team and their supporters and looking back now it may not have been a wise move to bring on striker Takumi Hashimoto for Kerlon just before that goal as it left the side unbalanced.
Another substitute was chucked on in the 84th minute to try and see out the game with defender Shogo Nakatsuru coming on for forward Takahisa Nishiyama but it was not enough. The away side scored the all important leveler three minutes from time with Makino adding to the lift of defenders turned goalscorers for the day.
Fujieda MYFC (4-4-2) – 31. Shibata; 2. Saito, 15. M. Sato, 19. Tominari, 3. Narabayashi; 7. Ishii, 8. Hisatomi, 10. Kerlon (18. Hashimoto 70′), 27. Ishida (20. Okuda 88′); 9. Alan, 11. Nishiyama (23. Nakatsuru 84′)
Honda FC (4-5-1) – 1. Shimizutani; 13. Asada, 3. Nakagawa, 5. Makino, 6. Sudo; 17. Susuki, 20. Kurimoto, 24. Kagawa (23. Sunamori 62′), 8. Nishi (16. Tsuchiya 62), 10. Shibata (15. T. Sato 78′); 9. Iga
Final score: Fujieda MYFC 3-3 Honda FC
Scorers: Hisatomi 15′, Saito 39′, Shibata 58′, Tominari 60′, Susuki 71′, Makino 87′
Next game: Sunday 21st April 1pm (5am UK time) – Kamatamare Sanuki (away)
Next week is a tough game away to Kamatamare Sanuki who are in second place so hopefully the late goal today will not be a trend for the future.