The suspended Kerlon was clearly a big absence for Fujieda MYFC as they went down to a 2-1 loss at home to Sony Sendai. The away side scored the winner on the 71st minute, the win meaning they move up to fourth spot whilst hosts drop to tenth.
There were two changes for MYFC, in goal Daichi Shibata replaced Tatsuya Murao and Takumi Hashimoto replaced Kerlon in midfield. Player/manager Toshihide Saito was absent from the lineup for the third week running.
Top scorer Goshi Okubo started up front on his own for Sendai in a 4-5-1 system.
Within the first five minutes, both Alan and Shogo Fujimaki had been booked for the hosts. Ten minutes later, the visitors took the lead through defender Yusuke Yamada’s first goal of the season from a corner kick.
The home side manager to equalise ten minutes into the second half though thanks to a third goal of the season by Ken Hisatomi, assisted by Takahisa Nishiyama.
The game was then equally poised with both sides going for the win but it was Sendai who would get the all important third goal. Striker Keiji Koizumi scored his second of the year in the 71st minute after being set up by captain midfielder Takahito Seta.
Saito then sprung into life by bringing on Yuta Murase, Kosei Arita and Takahiro Tanio but it was to not good enough and Sendai recorded their third win in a row.
Fujieda MYFC (4-2-3-1) – Shibata; Fujimaki (Tanio 85′), Sato, Tominari, Nakatsuru; Ishii, Hisatomi, Alan (Murase 73′), Hashimoto (Arita 76′), Okuda; Nishiyama
Sony Sendai (4-5-1) – Takimoto; Furo, Yamada, Ogihara, Fuse; Seta, Yamafuji, Miyao (Nakamura 59′), Otaki (Sumomosawa 86′), Koizumi; Okubo (Sawaguichi 90+1′)
Final score: Fujieda MYFC 1-2 Sony Sendai
Scorers: Yamada 15′, Hisatomi 55′, Koizumi 71′
Next game: Sunday 23rd June 1pm (5am UK time) – Fukushima United (away)
Well a disappointing loss then and it just shows how vital Kerlon is to have Fujieda play. Last week he played and they scored six, this week he didn’t and they scored one. The sooner Saito returns to the lineup the better as well, as the defence looks a lot more solid when he plays.
Another note is that there were five Fujieda players booked today. Both Alan and Hisatomi picked up their fourth bookings of the year and that could mean a suspension. Shibata also picked up his third booking of the season, which for only eight appearances this season as a goalkeeper is pretty poor discipline.