FC Gifu took the spoils in the game between the two newly promoted clubs in Kumamoto today. FC Gifu were helped largely by a red-card given to Takeshi Yamaguchi in just the 41st minute for repeated yellow-cards.
Until then though, the momentum had all been with Gifu but the relentless attack on the Kumamoto goal all came to nothing and at half-time the scores were locked at 0-0.
In the second half Gifu picked up the pace a bit and it resulted in goals to Takeshi Umeda in the 56th minute and Atsushi Katagiri in the 64th minute. They then held on for the closing of the game to come out 2-0 winners.
For Gifu this win was huge for three reasons:
1. And most important, they beat bitter rivals Roasso Kumamoto to claim bragging rights for the time being and remain unbeaten against them in the J2 and JFL.
2. They stopped their losing streak at two games.
3. They held a clean-sheet in defense for the first time this season.
Although Roasso were unlucky to have Yamaguchi red-carded, Gifu deserved the win.
The next game will be another very important one against Thespa Kusatsu and if Gifu don't watch out they could be on the receiving end of yet another home loss. It will interesting to see how they react. But for today, a job well done!