Mito Hollyhock 3 - 3 FC Gifu (ht 3-1)
The bogey men came back to visit their beloved Mito today.
The first half started off well when after 3 minutes a Mito defensive miss allowed FW Park to score his first goal for FC Gifu. The lead was short-lived though as this time a Gifu defensive miss allowed Mito into the game. 20 odd minutes later, loose marking on Mito star FW Arata meant Gifu found themselves 2-1 behind, and then a futher defensive error and some slick Mito counter saw Gifu go 3-1 down at the half.
In the first half Gifu put in 8 shots to Mito's 6 but had a fierce wind and some contentious refereeing decisions to deal with. There was still hope for the second half though.
In the second half, despite a few close shots at goal Mito seemed to be sit back and protect their lead whereas Gifu came out attacking. Just when it looked like the game would end 1-3 despite all of gifu's pressure, Park was awarded a PK which he converted in the 85th minute. The foul definitely didn't look deliberate but a foul nonetheless. The referee then stepped in again, yellow-carding Gifu DF Akita for ??? and thus taking him off the field. But despite this, Gifu stayed strong and in the fourth minute of injury-time Someya headed in the game-drawing goal after a Mito defensive lapse.
So Gifu, still undefeated at Kasamatsu. To come out after being down 3-1 after half an hour and draw the game was a great result, though given another five minutes, Gifu would probably have come out with 3 points from this game.
Still, good improvement from the last couple of weeks and a much needed confidence booster ahead of wednesdays game with Sendai.