S-Pulse 1-1 Kofu
Hattanda 9 ----------------- Hugo 32
MF Lee Min-Soo (39)
Bare on for Takagi (HT)
Senuma (71) on for Ito (63)
Uchida on for Lee Min-Soo (78)
2013's league cup campaign began with a 1-1 draw against Kofu. If Saturday's game with Nagoya was anything to go by, Yamaniashi's finest may prove to be this year's surprise package. Never mind the lucky stoppage time which won the game for the reds, Kofu had been the better team for an hour before being (needlessly harshly) to ten men, and even then were the more likely to score.
Saturday was a different game given both team's were largely altered from their league incarnations, but was still a keenly fought, and at times fiery encounter. We opened scoring early via Hattanda but were punished for defensive hesitancy at the half hour mark. A loose ball wasn't dealt with and Kofu were able to restart an attack.
The referee excelled himself in pedantry calling half time after Ito broke through for a one on one with the goal keeper, but didn't trouble Kawata in the away goal enough over the 90 minutes to really complain about the draw.
Next in the league cup is our second group game against Iwata. Saturday March 23rd, the game is at the Yamaha, kick off 1pm. We've not beaten Iwata at the Yamaha since Teruyoshi Ito and Alex scored in a 2-0 league victory in 2000. That said, most derbys have been held at Ecopa since then, but three points tomorrow would be a massive result and boost to our season.
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