Sunday, October 5, 2008

R39 At Last....


Mito Hollyhock 1 - 4 FC Gifu (ht 1-1)

Gifu stopped their winless streak at 13 with a hard fought win over Mito today. It's been a long time coming and was against the odds as Mito were in red-hot form coming into this game. However the Mito that beat Sendai last week failed to turn up to the game and were met by a Gifu team determined to get themselves out of their rut.
The game though, particularly the first half was pretty even. In the 7th minute Mito struck through MF Hori. Gifu replied in the 36th minute when a deceptive kick by DF Kawashima somehow found it past Mito Keeper Homma and into the back of the net. Mito had another couple of great chances but were only denied by some fine keeping from Hino.
In the second half a great goal in the 52nd minute by MF Umeda put Gifu on the front foot which they maintained until the end adding much needed consolation goals to FW Katagiri and MF Otomo in the 79th and 89th minutes repectively.
Mito didn't play as bad as the scoreline suggests, whereas Gifu also didn't play as good as the scoreline suggests, but for the first time in a while the ball seemed to roll the way of Gifu and in the end they earned a much needed three points.
The three points was especially important as it keeps Gifu in 12th place after Ehime also had a win and Kumamoto drew.

Next game October 12th (Toyama) vs Zweigen Kanazawa (Emperor's Cup)
Next J2 game October 19th (home) vs Montedio Yamagata

2 comments:

Vendo Thefastlane said...

Not exactly a command performance!

One of the Gifu volunteer staff came around to talk with members of the Mito stadium staff, and I asked him if he'd seen you. He told me that he hadn't but he'd keep a look out to pass along my greetings.

I also advised him to do a quick search for this blog and see the support you are offering on behalf of the team for the English speaking world.

Also, please be content knowing that well over half the team celebrated the win on the team bus by enjoying healthy, nutritious McDonald's food!

Arne said...

Hehe, finally some sort of a convincing victory reminding of the Gifu form waay back when the season started.