Fujieda MYFC bounced back in impressive fashion as they comfortably beat bottom side Honda Lock 2-0. A goal in each half was enough to secure a win for the home side in player/manager Toshihide Saito’s 500th professional match.
Saito decided to mix it up again between the sticks as Tatsuya Murao came in for Daichi Shibata in goal. The manager also made a switch tactically going for a 5-4-1 system which saw the same back four as last week plus the additional defender Shogo Nakatsuru replacing Alan. The Brazilian was left out from the starting XI for the first time this season. Yuki Okada also made way for Daijirou Okuda, who would start in left midfield.
The big team news for MYFC was like attacking midfielder and top scorer Kerlon was back on the bench after two weeks out injured.
The away side went for Keisuke Shuto and Yasuomi Kugisaki up front in a 4-4-2 system. Neither of them had scored this season and Kugisaki would usually be a defender before a new role this season as a forward.
The hosts got off to a dream start when with just five minutes on the clock Yuta Murase scored his second goal of the season and another free kick. Both his goals this season now, after joining from J2 club Matsumoto Yamaga on loan, have now been direct free kicks.
Fujieda doubled their lead in the 51st minute when lone striker Takahisa Nishiyama got his second goal in two weeks. It was his fourth of the year and sees him tied for top scorer with Kerlon.
The away refused to lie down though and piled on the pressure looking for a way back into the match. The replaced both strikers in 66th minute in a bid to grab a goal.
Saito decided to bring on Oha in the 68th minute to try and give support to Nishiyama and to help take some of the pressure off MYFC’s back five. Alan then came on with 12 minutes go for the Nishiyama who had worked hard all game on his own up top.
Despite this, Honda Lock continued to make a game of it but just could not score, even though they had ten shots in the second half. With the game safe, defender Kazushi Uchida come on for his first appearance of the season in the 90th minute, replacing Ryuji Mochizuki.
Fujieda MYFC (5-4-1) – Murao; Saito, Narabayashi, Sato, Mochizuki (Uchida 90′), Nakatsuru; Ishii, Hisatomi, Murase (Oha 68′), Okuda; Nishiyama (Alan 78′)
Honda Lock SC (4-4-2) – Kuwahara; Ueda, Kushima, Miyaji, Okumiya; Yamashita, Murayama, Etsuda (Waseda 81′), Suwazuno; Shuto (Ichihara 66′), Kugisaki (Murayama 66′)
Final score: Fujieda MYFC 2-0 Honda Lock SC
Scorers: Murase 5′, Nishiyama 51′
Next game: Sunday 26th May 1pm (5am UK time) – Hoyo Oita (away)
An expected win for Fujieda MYFC but a needed one nonetheless as they now climb up to 9th place after two losses in their last three games. Honda Lock stay rock bottom.
MYFC fans will be delighted to see Kerlon is nearing a return to action after his injury and will also be proud of player/manager Saito’s achievement. A good way to bring up your 500th appearance in professional football with a win. His be a good servant to Japanese, internationally and domestically.