Fujieda MYFC battled to a credible 2-2 draw at home to SC Sagamihara, having to come back from being two goals down in the first twenty minutes. In the end, it was a probably the fairest result between two teams with a identical league record so far this year.
Player/manager Toshihide Saito recalled himself back to the right back slot. Daichi Shibata also returned in goal and there were also places for both Ken Hisatomi and Hiroyuki Ishida back in the starting eleven. Kerlon missed his first game of the season through injury and Takahisa Nisiyama dropped out up top to give Oha his first start of the season.
It was a nightmare start for the home as after just 4 minutes, they found themselves behind. Yuki Matsumoto got his third goal of the season for the visitors.
Things did not get much better for the hosts as Sagamihara soon doubled their lead in the 19th minute. This time it was Matsumoto’s strike partner Sho Gokyu, who got the goal. It was his fourth for the year.
The home side managed to pull a goal back though before half time. In the 33rd minute, Yuta Murase picked up the ball on the left wing and played the ball into the box. Brazilian Alan allowed the ball to bounce in front of him, before hooking the ball low past an onrushing goalkeeper into the far right corner of the goal. It was the forward’s second goal of the season but his first since March.
Half time saw Hiroki Narabayashi replace Daijiou Okuda in defence. However, it was not the substitute that made Fujieda’s second goal. Just eight minutes into the second period, the home side were awarded a penalty outside the box in a fairly central position. Alan stood over the ball but it was the first goal’s provider who took the set piece. Murase’s free kick went to the right side of the goal, which the opposing ‘keeper was covering but it managed to squeeze past him.
Fujieda MYFC (4-2-3-1) – 31. Shibata; 2. Saito, 15. M. Sato, 19. Tominari, 20. Okuda (3. Narabayashi 45′); 7. Ishii, 8. Hisatomi (13. Fujimaki 86′), 14. Murase, 27. Ishida (23. Nakatsuru 66′), 9. Alan; 30. Okha
Sagamihara (4-4-2) – 1. T. Sato (23. Morita 76′); 2. Amano, 5. Tamura, 6. Masuda, 17. Ozawa; 8. Sagabe, 9. Moriya (21. Kitahara 83′), 10. Sano, 19. Suzuki; 18. Matsumoto, 20. Gokyu (30. Williams 80′)
Final score: Fujieda MYFC 2-2 SC Sagamihra
Scorers: Matsumoto 4′, Gokyu 19′, Alan 33′, Murase 55′
Next game: Sunday 12th May 1pm (5am UK time) – Tochigi Uva (away)
Not the worst result today and good to see Alan scoring again. Hopefully Kerlon’s injury is not too serious so he can play next week against bottom of the league Tochigi Uva.