Fujieda’s first home game of the season ended in a 4-2 defeat to the J League U22 side, a result which sees MYFC slip to the bottom of the J3 table after two matches.
Manager Musashi Mizushima made some interesting changes to his starting lineup, following last week’s 3-0 loss to Machida Zelvia.
He changed the system from 4-4-2 to a 4-5-1 but that was not the most notable change. He decided to place Mitsuru Mansho, who started last week up front, into the heart of the defence, in a move reminiscent of Toshihide Saito utilising striker Shogo Fujimaki in defence last season.
He also started Ken Hisatomi in an unfamiliar role up front on his own. He also made a change in goal, with Park dropping to the bench to be replaced by Hiroyuki Matsumoto. Takahiro Tanio also dropped out of the starting eleven, he was replaced by Takahisa Nishiyama.
J League U22’s starting lineup will change every week as they have nearly 90 players registered to play for them.
This week they included defender Nikki Havenaar, brother of Japan international striker Mike. They also included a few Japan youth internationals.
Yet again, early goals put Fujieda on the back foot for most of the game.
After just sixteen minutes, Kashiwa Reysol striker Yu Kimura gave J League U22 the lead, the side’s first goal of the season.
At this point, MYFC were struggling and the game seemed to be even further out of reach six minutes later when the away side doubled their lead.
This time it was Nikki Havenaar who scored. It was the Nagoya Grampus defender’s first senior goal and at 197cm tall, he is a formidable force.
At half time, J League U22 subbed their goalkeeper and this seemed to have a negative effect on the side as 5 minutes into the second half, Fujieda scored their first ever goal in J3. Fittingly, it was Ken Hisatomi, arguably last season’s best player, who scored. Maybe the unfamiliar role up front worked for Hisatomi.
A flurry of substitutions, including Takahiro Tanio on for Nishiyama for Fujieda, disrupted the game further until Tomoya Koyamatsu restored the visitors’ two goal lead in the 76th.
The game seemed to be ending with a comfortable for the U22s but with 5 minutes to go, substitute striker Tanio scored for MYFC to half the deficit. It was 23 year old’s first goal of the season and only his second ever for Fujieda after last scored in March 2013.
However, the comeback was not to be for Fujieda and in the fourth minute of stoppage time, J League U22 scored a fourth goal through Kyoto Sanga forward Ryosuke Tamura.
Fujieda MYFC (4-5-1) – Matsumoto; Narabayashi, Mansho, Kutsukake, Ando; Sato, Mizuki (Nakatsuru 78′), Marumoto (Uchida 79′), Nishiyama (Tanio 69′), Hashimoto; Hisatomi
J League U22 (4-5-1) – Yoshimaru (Kawata 45′), Mori, Kinoshita, Havenaar (Nagasaka 78′), Uchida; Ogawa, Kida (Iwase 73′), Akino, Oyama; Kobayashi (Tamura 63′), Kimura (Koyamatsu 73′)
Scorers: Kimura 16′, Havenaar 22′, Hisatomi 50, Koyamatsu 76′, Tanio 85′, Tamura 90+4′
Next match: FC Ryukyu (home) 23/03/14
So the first home match of the season has ended in disappointment. The loss is especially disappointing as this was a good chance to get some points on the board, with the J League U22 side still gelling together as a squad.
Next week it doesn’t get any easier for Fujieda as they host FC Ryukyu, who have won both of their games so far in J3, including a 3-0 win over J League U22.