Sunday, April 19, 2009

R9 vs Shonan Bellmare

Shonan Bellmare 2 - 2 FC Gifu (ht 1-1)

After wednesday nights lacklustre display against Sendai, Gifu bounced back and fought out a tough draw at Shonan. Gifu struck first when Katagiri floated a beautiful goal in after 19 minutes. But the writing was on the wall when first Shonan struck back before halftime when Gifu failed to clear a free kick miss, and then in the 55th minute when a Sakamoto strike unluckily rebounded of a Gifu players leg and into the goal.
10 minutes later though, Gifu levelled the score when FW Sato latched on to a beautiful through pass from Nagayoshi.
This set the scene for a tense final 25 minutes but both teams failed to capitalise on some great chances to win the game.
A great game all-in-all. For Gifu to come out with a point from enemy territory and play level with 2nd place Shonan was a great effort. Still, this was probably their best chance to beat Shonan and unfortunately they just fell short.

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