A late own goal during the final ten minutes of the match was enough to secure a 1-0 victory for Fujieda MYFC over FC Ryukyu and hand them the three points needed to leapfrog their opponents into tenth place.
Fujieda lined up with their 4-4-2 system which has become the norm lately, the defence though, was much changed.
Two of the four defenders who started the 1-0 loss to Nagano Parceiro last week dropped out of the squad altogether. They were Hiroki Narabayashi and Desmond. The latter may have been dropped due to the booking he picked up in that loss. They were replaced by Yuta Kutsukake and Ryuji Mochizuki.
Elsewhere, the team remained unchanged. There was a welcome return to the bench for Mitsuru Mansho, who had been out injured since match day 4 on 30th March, having started the first four games. The 25-year-old can play at centre back or as a striker.
FC Ryukyu went for a 4-5-1 system, as they looked to stay solid and protect a defence which had conceded the most goals in the league so far.
For the second week in a row, the first half remained largely uneventful. After a few early goals in succession a few weeks ago by Tsugutoshi Oishi, this was the third game in a row where it had been 0-0 at half time.
As the game restarted for the second half, the game remained without anything eventful. On the 60 minute mark, manager Musashi Mizushima decided to change things up with a double substitution. On came left winger Takahisa Nishiyama and Mansho, off went Shogo Nakatsuru and Yuichiro Edamoto.
Eleven minutes later, he then threw on Takumi Hashimto for Yusuke Ishii before Ryukyu made a double change.
The game remained goalless though heading into the final ten minutes of the match. However, with just 8 minutes to play, the Fujieda got the breakthrough and it came through an unlikely source as it was an own goal which would see MYFC take the lead.
Despite having just five shots all game, Fujieda had taken the lead and they managed to hold on to it give them a hard-fought 1-0 win. It was only a third clean sheet of the season for Fujieda and the first time they had won a game when they had kept a clean sheet, following two previous draws.
Fujieda MYFC (4-4-2) – Park; Kutsukake, Mochizuki, Uchida, Sato; Nakatsuru (Mansho 60′), Marumoto, Edamoto (Nishiyama 60′), Hisatomi; Oishi, Ishii (Hashimoto 71′)
FC Ryukyu (4-5-1) – Tanaka; Okumiya, Maeda, Urashima, Asada; Tomori (Maeshiro 85′), Tanabe, Fujisawa (Sunagawa 78′), Tomidokoro (Nakayama 72′), Obata; Aoki
Scorers: Own goal 82′
Next match: Gainare Tottori (away) 22/06/14
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