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Saturday, 24 April 2010

S-Pulse 2-1 Omiya

BarryBarry writes:

S-Pulse 2-1 Omiya
Hyodo 58 ------------------ Tsubouchi 76
M. Yamamoto 86

Att. 15156

Line Up

GK Nishibe

DF Tsujio
DF Hiraoka
DF Bosnar
DF Ota

MF Hyodo
MF Honda
MF Ono

FW Okazaki
FW Johnsen
FW Omae

Subs Used

M. Yamamoto on for Omae (56)
Fujimoto on for Ono (77)
Hara on for Hyodo (80)


A little later than intended, but here's a summary of Saturday's action. Despite steady falling rain, a crowd 2000 up on the corresponding fixture last year, and over double(!!) what Jubilo got for the same game last week were treated to a surprisingly close and tense affair.

A grey day at Nihondaira

The wet surface didn't help matters much, as the unforced errors were in full flow. Three was a lack of clear cut chances for either team, with our best chance being wasted when Hyodo headed straight at the Omiya keeper when he had time to pick his spot. So it was all square at half time and we needed to be an improved team if we wanted to get anything from the game

We did come out the stronger, and the break though came when Ono's vision and precision passing gave him his first direct assist of the season. Picking the ball up on the edge of the area he spied Hyodo moving into the danger zone. Shinji's inch-perfect ball found the advancing Akihiro and with a control and volley he smashed it past into the net.

If we thought it was going to be plain sailing after that we were wrong. Omiya kept searching for a way through, and it came when one of their seven corner kicks was met by the head of Tsubouchi. It left Nishibe no chance and with only 15 minutes left it wasn't looking good for a return to the top of the table. But then substitute Masaki Yamamoto somehow managed to win the game with a freak strike from nearly the corner of the pitch. It was a cross for sure - his own reaction revealed that - but they all count, and we all need a bit (a lot) of luck sometimes.

So 2-1, we're still unbeaten, and we stayed top after Urawa lost 1-0 at home to Jubilo of all teams. Saturday the face off with Saitama continues as Urawa are the visitors to Ecopa. If we win we'll stay top, if we lose we could drop to third depending on Nagoya's result. Ono and Bosnar will both be playing after avoiding any yellow cards on Saturday, and Iwashita is back from injury meaning our back line will be looking a little more like normal.

Well, see you Saturday, then! And finally, a big shout out to Steve from Go! Go! Omiya Ardija - was nice to put a face to name.




William said...

Great win to remain undefeated! Good team always get the timely goal. Next game against 浦和レッズ gonna be a tough one. Just wondering where are all the starting players? 岩下敬輔選手は? 児玉新選手は? 市川大祐選手は? 枝村匠馬選手は??? どこ?

Yujiro said...

Hi Will!
They four are going to return from the injury soon. As you see, the defence line changes each game. However, S-Pulse keeps a good combination even if any reserve players may start. Teamwork is outstandingly good!
Shinji Ono has changed S-Pulse into a team. He enjoys playing football with a smile. And all the players enjoy playing football. And we supporters enjoy football more than a lot:)

William said...

Thanks for the response Yujiro san. I am a S-Pulse fan for long time, really happy to see the team have such success so far in 2010 season. I can really tell the contribution from Shinji Ono to the team, as the slogan said, the confidence!!! It really shows.Wow, Yujiro san your English is so good! I really wanna come to Nihondaira and cheer for the team.