FC Gifu 2 - 1 Ehime FC (ht 0-0)
Finally, that strange orange monkey is off our back! Gifu came from behind to score their first ever win over Ehime, as well as scoring their first ever points against Ehime, and at the same time improving their unbeaten streak at home to 8 games. The only downside of the night was the meagre attendance of only 2500 that turned up on a humid Gifu night.
Both teams came out attacking but to no avail as the score was locked nil-all at the break. In the second half though Ehime FC struck in the 61st minute through Uchimura. At that stage it looked like the Ehime bogey wouldn't be lifted tonight, but 12 minutes later Gifu struck the equaliser when Takagi Kazumasa latched onto a loose ball. After that a bit of Ehime madness saw Aono (75th min) and Furukawa (89th min) both collect red cards for over-aggressive defending. With an advantage of two men, Gifu cut it fine but pulled out a great come from behind victory when Someya fired in a ball which the Ehime goalkeeper had deflected.
Gutsy play all round. Things haven't felt this good for a long time. May it all continue for the weeks to come!