For the second week in a row, Fujieda MYFC conceded a late equaliser to prevent them from taking the full three points. Hideo Okamoto scored in the 86th minute to secure the hosts a point.
As predicted, Toshihide Saito decided to start with a 4-5-1 formation but instead of Alan up top alone, it was Takahisa Nishiyama who started up front with the Brazilian forward starting in midfield. Other than this tactical change, the lineup was the same as last week except with new signing Okha making the bench. The hosts decided to mix it up a bit from their usual 3-5-2 system and decided to start with 3 up top.
The match could not have started any better for the away with just four minutes gone, Kerlon scored his third goal of the season directly from a free kick.
MYFC received another boost just before half time when Sanuki forward Yasumasa Nishino received his second yellow card in two minutes and was sent off. It clearly gave the visitors the initiative as they made their advantage count just 8 minutes into the second half. Defender Masaya Sato scored his first goal of the season, assisted by Ken Hisatomi.
The home side were given a lifeline in the 61st minute when they were awarded a penalty. Veteran journeyman Ryosuke Kijima converted the spot kick for his second of the season.
The nerves began to show for Saito’s men and he brought on striker Takahiro Tanio for Nishiyama in order to have some to hold up the ball up front. He then brought on Shogo Nakatsuru for Alan in a defensive move to get more men behind the ball.
It did not seem to work as Fujieda simply invited more pressure on themselves and eventually it told. Hiroshi Hatano headed it down for Hideo Okamoto to fire home a right footed shot with four minutes to spare.
Kamatamare Sanuki (4-3-3) – 24. Sediguchi; 2. Amo, 5. Hatano, 10. Yoshizawa, 17. Noguchi; 15. Tsunada, 20. Blédé (7. Allan 52′), 26. Yamamoto; 8. Osawa (21. Okamoto 79′), 11. Nishino, 33. Kijima (8. Hideyuki Ishida 86′)
Fujieda MYFC (4-5-1) – 31. Shibata; 2. Saito, 15. M. Sato, 19. Tominari, 3. Narabayashi; 7. Ishii, 8. Hisatomi, 10. Kerlon , 27. Hiroyuki Ishida (14. Murase 79′), 9. Alan (23. Nakatsuru 70′); 11. Nishiyama (21. Tanio 62′)
Final score: Kamatamare Sanuki 2-2 Fujieda MYFC
Scorers: Kerlon 4′, Sato 53′, Kijima 61′, Okamoto 86′
Next game: Sunday 28th April 4pm (8am UK time) – Nagano Parceiro (home)
A pattern starting to emerge in these last two games and it is not a good one for MYFC. Two games in a row now they’ve let slip two goal leads in the dying moments of games. Whether it is a lack of fitness or concentration, it is something that needs to be worked on.
However, a draw away to a second place Sanuki and a team surely pushing for promotion is a decent result. Kerlon is now the club’s top goal scorer this season and it was good to see Okha on the bench even if he did not play.