Nagoya Grampus 2 - 0 FC Gifu (ht 1-0)
Different year, same result. Once again Nagoya came out trumps in the Kisogawa Derby but this time it was them who controlled the match. While the first half was reasonably even Grampus showed their power in the second half.
All things considered though, Gifu, with half of the team having never played a J game before, played a pretty good match against a team containing Japan international Tamada, and J-super star Davi. Defense was in general pretty good but too often balls weren't cleared well enough and second ball wasn't regathered.
Still the 2009 season looks like it will be an interesting one, with a very young team playing over 50 games... roll on March 8th and Tochigi!