It took 120 minutes but Fujieda MYFC are through to the second round of the Emperor’s Cup as they defeated Kansai Soccer League side Arterivo Wakayama 4-2 after extra time.
With a match against J2 side Jubilo Iwata at stake in the next round, MYFC’s manager Musashi Mizushima made a couple of changes. Out went two of the goalscorers from last week’s match, Ken Hisatomi and Shogo Nakatsuru and in came Takumi Hashimoto and Masato Mizuki.
The match got off to a slow start but it soon burst into life after sixteen minutes when winger Takahisa Nishiyama gave Fujieda a 1-0 lead. It was the 28-year-old’s second goal in two games.
Then, one minute later, Fujieda doubled their lead as top scorer Tsugutoshi Oishi scored his 13th goal of the season to make it a quick-fire double for MYFC.
Arterivo were clearly stunned as their solid start counted for nothing as they went from 0-0 to 0-2 in two minutes.
However, they fought back and in the 31st minute, the fifth-tier side pulled a goal back as top scorer Yusuke Ohnishi scored to make it 1-2 at half time.
The second half was a lot tighter affair, with Fujieda aiming to preserve their slender one goal lead. Eventually, their defence was broken as former Japan international striker Yuichiro Nagai equalised with his second goal in two games in the 71st minute.
With the game now at 2-2, both sides pushed on aiming for the win but neither could get the decisive fifth goal so, just like last year’s match between the sides, the match was going into extra time.
After a tense start to the first period of extra time, it was Oishi again who would spare Fujieda’s blushes, as he gave MYFC the lead in the 101st minute with his second goal of the match.
He wasn’t happy with two though, and in the second half of extra time, Oishi completed his hat-trick to make it six goals in two games as he made sure of the victory for Fujieda with a goal in the 109th minute.
Fujieda had won 4-2 but that doesn’t tell the whole story as Kansai Soccer League minnows Arterivo Wakayama almost produced a shock result.
Arterivo Wakayama (3-5-2) – Hara (Yoshida 90+3′); Sunami, Sanbonsuge, Nakayama; Shirakata (Miyamoto 90′), Takase, Shibasaki, Nagase (Nishiyama 57′), Yamamichi; Nagai, Ohnishi
Fujieda MYFC (4-4-2) – Park; Mansho (Ichikawa), Uchida, Mochizuki, Sato; Kutsukake, Mizuki, Hashimoto (Edamoto), Nishiyama; Ishii, Oishi (Marumoto)
Scorers: Nishiyama 16′ Oishi 17′, 101′, 109′, Ohnishi 31′, Nagai 71′
Next game: Jubilo Iwata 12/07/14 (away)
Fujieda are through to the second round of the Emperor’s Cup for the second season in a row! A tough task awaits them now though, as they take on Jubilo Iwata, who are currently second in J2.
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