A 91st minute goal from substitute Takahisa Nishiyama was enough to salvage a point for Fujieda MYFC in a tightly contested draw at home to SC Sagamihara.
MYFC manager Musashi Mizushima decided to make three changes from the side which drew 0-0 with FC Ryukyu. Out went Yuhei Marumoto, Mitsuru Mansho and Masato Mizuki. In came Yusuke Ishii, Yuta Kutsukake and Takuya Sasagaki for his first start of the season.
Sagamihara matched Fujieda in terms of formation, as both teams lined up in a 4-4-2 system.
The match saw two former Japan internationals line up against each other; Daisuke Ichikawa of Fujieda and Naohiro Takahara of Sagamihara.
Fujieda got off to the worst possible start, as after four minutes, they were a goal down. It was Kohei Hattori who scored, heading in a Keita Sogabe cross from the left.
Not long later, Hattori was troubling the Fujieda defence again, but this time, his shot from outside the box was well saved by Park Iru Gyu in goal.
After a slow start, MYFC battled their way back into the game and thought they had an equaliser when Yusuke Ishii finished from Tsugutoshi Oishi’s flick in the box but he was ruled to be offside.
The second half saw numerous substitutions for both teams, with Takahisa Nishiyama coming on for Takuya Sasagaki as MYFC’s first change in the 53rd minute.
Despite the changes, Sagamihara continued to have chances and MYFC’s goalkeeper Park had to be at his best twice to stop the away side doubling their lead.
It looked like Fujieda would be leaving the match empty handed but when Sagamihara goalkeeper Tsuyoshi Sato could only parry Oishi’s shot, Nishiyama was on hand to fire home the rebound to score a 91st minute equaliser and tie the game at 1-1.
Fujieda MYFC (4-4-2) – Park; Ichikawa, Mochizuki, Uchida, Sato; Kutsukake (Mizuki 60′), Edamoto (Hashimoto 78′), Hisatomi, Sasagaki (Nishiyama 53′); Ishii (Mansho 86′), Oishi
SC Sagamihara (4-4-2) – Sato; Terada, Fehr, Wesley, Amano; Sogabe, Sano, Kitahara (Masuda 72′), Kanno; Hattori (Jitozono 90+4), Takahara (Matsumoto 60′)
Scorers: Hattori 4′, Nishiyama 90+1′
Attendance: 1,626 (bumper crowd thanks to beer promotions)
Next game: Gainare Tottori (away) 21/09/14