JFL review: Fujieda MYFC 0-2 Fukushima United

Another match, another defeat for Fujieda. Sunday’s loss to Fukushima United makes for it four matches in a row without winning any points. It seems that there will be no quick turnaround from the poor form Toshihide Saito’s men are showing.

Saito went for a 4-5-1 system this week to try and change the side’s fortunes around. There was just one change in personal, with Takahiro Tanio replacing Takahisa Nishiyama.

Despite both returning from suspension, neither Shogo Fujimaki or Hiroyuki Ishida featured in the match day squad. Daisuke Ichikawa continued as captain in defence.

The starting XI before the game.

The first half was a rather dull affair with both sides managing just four shots in the entire 45 minutes. However, the away side to manage to take the lead in the 19th minute thanks to Kosuke Shirai’s fourth goal of the season. Fukushima were clearly benefitting from their bold 4-3-3 approach.

MYFC improved in the second half and become to get on top. In the push for an equaliser, Saito threw on Alan for Tanio.

Substitute Alan in action.

Unfortunatly, the change had little effect and the hosts were caught out. This time it was another of the front three who score for the away side. Ryohei Yoshihama scored 11 minutes from time to secure the victory for United.

Saito continued to be bold as he put on another striker in Nishiyama and replaced Shinji Tominari for Kosei Arita but despite having more shots in the second half, 6 to 4, Fujieda could not break down their opponents and the game ended in another defeat for MYFC.

Fujieda MYFC (4-5-1) – Shibata; Narabayashi, Sato, Tominari (Arita 89′), Ichikawa; Murase, Hahsimoto, Okuda, Tanio (Alan 67′), Nakatsuru (Nishiyama 81′); Toshima

Fukushima United (4-3-3) – Naito; Okada, Noda, Tokita, Ohara (Komnine 56′); Kamoshida, Ishido, Uchiyama; Yoshihama, Shirai, Kim (Kobayashi 90′)

Final score: Fujieda MYFC 0-2 Fukushima United

Scorers: Shirai 19′, Yoshihama 79′

Attendance: 565

Next game: Sony Sendai (away) 26/10/13 05:00/13:00

An improved performance by Fujieda then but still a loss and slide down the table continues. Akira Toshima has yet to impress up front since joining on loan from JEF so maybe it is time to give a chance to new signing Manato Takahashi and allow him to lead the line. It may also be worth giving Shuto Ishino a go.

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