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vs. Tokushima (youtube)   Leave a comment

The goal from yesterday’s game.

It turns out Avispa didn’t score twice before the referee gave it, rather it was saved and cleared by someone else, both behind the line.

Posted May 29, 2010 by avispafukuoka in Match highlights

vs. Tokushima Vortis (Events and Ratings)   Leave a comment

Key events:

4 minutes : Nakajima hits the far post after a powerful free-kick. Possibly a good save by the keeper.

22: GOAL. Corner from Kudo. Nakamachi scores with a header but the goal isn’t immediately given after being cleared from behind the line. Referee eventually gives the goal after Avispa seem to score again.

44: Avispa lucky to keep the lead after good cross is headed just wide.

48: Yamagata hits both posts with a shot from the edge of the area. The rebound is just missed by Okamoto.

54: Penalty is given after Tanaka is judged to have pulled back the striker running into the middle of the box. Kamiyama makes a good save after diving the correct way.

Player Ratings

Kamiyama – 8. Little to do for much of the game, but made the very important penalty save.

Yamagata – 7. Defended well and got forward when he needed to. deserves to stay in first team ahead of Miyaji.

Nakajima – 7. Hit the post early with a good free-kick. Gave a chance in attack after trying his trick for winning a free-kick and not being given it.

Daiki – 9. Totally solid in defence and useful in attack. My Man of the Match.

Tanaka – 8. Totally solid at the back again. Had one good chance with a header at a corner. Unlucky to give away penalty.

Kudo – 7. Very good delivery at corners. Gets tired towards end of games.

Sueyoshi – 8. At times he controlled midfield and let the more attacking players be a big threat for most of the first half.

Nakamachi – 9. Scored the important goal again. Starting to be able to hold and control midfield at a higher level on the pitch. Avispa need to worry he might be scouted by a bigger club.

Nagasato – 7. Seemed to get injured a few times but carried on.Had one very good chance which he crossed when in a better position to shoot.

Okubo – 7. A better performance, and did some nice passes and one very good interception. Still needs to show more running.

Okamoto – 7. Worked hard in attack, but never really looked like scoring.


Miyaji – 6. Playing at left-back he took a while to get organised, but did get better.

Suzuki – 8. Played well when hecame on and retained the ball well. Good creativity and hit a free-kick on target.

Oyama – 7. Only played for a short time but I like this guy. He runs a lot and helps the midfield by hurrying the opposition. Hideya and Oyama would make defences run.

Posted May 29, 2010 by avispafukuoka in Match Reports

vs. Tokushima Vortis (full report)   Leave a comment

Through a combination of Tokushima playing better this season than may have been expected, and Avispa dropping points during April, The two teams played each other today equal on league points with Avispa only ahead through goal difference.

Coming after the game against Giravanz Kitakyushu where Fukuoka had won all 3 points, but done so in fortuitous style, I was hoping there might be a change for this game; especially up front. The manager didn’t agree with me and the team lined up with the same team as last week, Okubo as a target man with Okamoto keeping his place as support striker.

Expecting the worst I was pleasantly surprised by Avispa starting the game at a fast pace, and within 3-4 minutes winning a free-kick after a push about 5m outside the area. Predictably Nakajima lined up to take it, but less predictably he hit it really well, firing a power shot straight at the far post where it hit the post. If the Tokushima keeper did get his fingertips to it, it was a very good save.

Encouraged by this early effort and success of their work rate Avispa started the best 20 minutes I have seen them play this season, passing the ball around within the Tokushima half and not giving the opposition the chance to get hold of the ball. One of the key players within this was Sueyoshi who has developed as the season has gone one, and when playing well within his defensive midfielder role allows the other players to pay at a more advanced level.

After 22 minutes there was a corner from the left which Kudo flighted in well to be met by Nakamachi in the middle. Continuing his goal-scoring run he headed it down, with the goal-keeper only reaching it after it had passed the goal-line. The goal wasn’t immediately given, and Avispa seemed to score again only for it to be cleared from behind the line again with the referee giving the goal.

Avispa continued to stay in control until the end of the half, but were lucky to stay ahead after a counter attack just before half-time was headed just wide of the post after a right wing cross which wouldhave given Kamiyama no chance.

Coming out after half-time Avispa seemed to again have a fast pace at the start and created a chance on the edge of the box where Yamagata hit a good shot low to the left corner of the goal. With the keeper beaten it clipped the inside of the post and rolled all the way along the goal line to hit the other post and bounce out. Just missing Hideya running in it was cleared by a Vortis defender and the chance was gone.

Perhaps energised by their luck Tokushima started to come into the game and started to hold the ball better and make some chances. they were helped in this by Nakajima going off injured and Miyaji taking a few minutes to get used to playing at left-back in his absence.
On one of their attacks the referee decided to award a penalty against the otherwise excellent Tanaka who had been judged to pull back on the striker as he ran into the box.

After hitting both posts it had seemed inevitable that Tokushima would come back into the game, but through a very weak penalty decision it didn’t seem fair. Running up to strike past the imposing figure of Kamiyama in goal the Vortis striker hit hard to the left of Kamiyama. It was a good height for a keeper, but hit very hard, and Kamiyama pulled off an excellent save with his left arm to maintain the lead.

Tokushima continued to make a few chances, but Avispa held the ball with confidence to limit their attacking threat. At the back Tanaka and Daiki were immense and kept stopping attack after attack before a shot on goal to be made.

Late on in the game Oyama was brought on for Okamoto and again impressed me with his running and was part of a couple of very nice moves. More importantly his closing down limited the space of the defence to launch attacks and Avispa were able to hold out for the important win.

Half-time entertainment

A marching band with some cheerleaders waving flags around a bit. It looked quite good, but they played for the expensive seats rather than the far side of the pitch where the majority of fans sit.

Posted May 29, 2010 by avispafukuoka in Match Reports

vs. Giravanz (youtube)   Leave a comment

I forgot to update with the video from Kitakyushu.

As you can see the weather was terrible that weekend, and this goal was in literally the last minute of the game.

It wasn’t a good performance, and I hope that despite the win the manager noticed things to change for the game against Tokushima today.

Jun assist for OG.

Posted May 29, 2010 by avispafukuoka in Match highlights

vs Giravanz (Events and ratings)   Leave a comment

Key events:

13 minutes – Okamoto tried to pass the ball into goal after getting a lucky ricochet in the box.

45 + 1 – Long shot by Giravanz #8 flew across goal and just missed far post.

58 – Genki had shot saved by keeper with no strikers in the box to knock home an easy rebound.

72 – Missed tackle by Giravanz defender. Nakamacho fed Takahashi who had a good shot saved for a corner.

83 – Nearly an own goal as Giravanz defender headed straight back to his goalkeeper, by luck rather than design.

90 + 1 – GOAL. Cross by Suzuki into the box hits the first defender. Jumping to reach the ball it skimmed off the top of his head and ballooned into the far corner of the goal.

Player ratings

Kamiyama – 7. Apart from 1 mis-kick he made no mistakes and came off his line.

Yamagata – 7. Miyaji would be disappointed to go to the bench, but Yamagata played well and brings more in attack.

Nakajima – 7. Solid in defence, attracts foul cleverly when being chased by strikers.

Daiki – 8. Solid. Throws himself at headers from set pieces in a way I wish Okubo would.

Tanaka – 7. Did his job with little fuss.

Kudo – 7. Better in attack than previous weeks. Made the first chance for Okamoto with his head.

Nagasato – 7. Avispa’s biggest attacking threat still, but didn’t like the rain much and lost heart towards the end.

Nakamachi – 8. Man of the Match. Midfield actually held the ball in this game and he was always offering an option in attack.

Sueyoshi – 7. A better defensive midfield performance. Sat in front of the defence and made some important tackles.

Okubo – 4. His one key skill is his height. He needs to run more, and throw himself at everything crossed into the area. Terrible passing.

Okamoto – 6. Got into some positions but was missing a strong finish on 2 or 3 occasions.


Takahashi – 7. On for Okamoto. Showed willingness to run and had a good shot at goal.

Suzuki – 6. On for Kudo. Put the cross in for the lucky goal, but did little else.

Miyaji – 6. On for Yamagata. Only on for a couple of minutes.

Posted May 22, 2010 by avispafukuoka in Match Reports

vs. Giravanz Kitakyushu (Full report)   Leave a comment

After 2 wins and a good away draw in their last 3 games Avispa would have traveled to Kitakyushu optimistic about getting all 3 points in their first ever J-League game against Giravanz.

I didn’t go to the game, but found out that one of the cable TV channels was showing the game, so could watch Avispa on TV for the first time.

There was only 1 change to the team from the previous week with Yamagata coming into the team at right-back with Miyaji dropping down to the bench.

Giravanz started the game with a good chance as Brazilian midfielder Wellington made some space on the right to cross into the box, but after that the first half was dominated by Avispa.
Genki fired a long range warning shot at goal in the 8th minute, before the first clear chance of the game fell to Okamoto having bounced down to him from a tussle in the middle of the penalty area. I don’t know if he thought he was offside but he seemed to very casually try to pass it into goal rather than shoot with full power and the keeper could make an easy save.

Avispa continued to hold the ball, but failed to turn their possession into chances as the final ball was either of low quality or resulted in an offside. It was nice to see an offside decision as it indicated that the midfield were trying to pass balls to the strikers rather than just kick it from defence, but having not played like this much previously they need practice to get their communication working.

Having held the ball for much of the half they were almost caught by a sucker punch right on half time as Wellington took a couple of players out of the game before spreading the ball to the left wing where #8 hit a good shot across goal which just missed the far post with Kamiyama beaten.

The second half continued in much the same way with Avispa having more possession, but failing to make really clear chances. A large part of this was that they were effectively playing with 10 men as Okubo was spending most of the game standing in the middle of the pitch waiting for the ball to land on his head.
The only good thing about his performance today was that it was so bad that the manager must have seen he needs to think of something new in attack. He has terrible touch, and his passes were so far out that at one point he nearly set up a goal for Giravanz by over-hitting the ball back into the Avispa box. With a fussy referee he gave away needless fouls at free kicks, and didn’t seem to be doing everything he could to get his head on the ball when it was crossed into the box.
At one point Kamiyama landed on him (one person I wouldn’t want falling on me) and it looked like Avispa might be forced into something new in attack, but he stayed on the pitch.

With 5 minutes left to play I gave up on the game as the more creative Avispa players seemed to have given up, and in pouring rain Giravanz were limited to long range shots (not a bad idea with the inclement weather), but then out of almost nothing Avispa scored the winning goal 1 minute into injury time.

Winning a free-kick on the right side of midfield the players grouped together on the edge of the penalty area awaiting substitute Suzuki Jun to cross into the box (presumably for Okubo to head over the bar). His initial delivery was blocked and returned back out to him on the right wing where he could come a little closer and try to flight in another cross. Making a slightly better cross at the 2nd attempt he still couldn’t totally clear the first defender, but for the second game in a row the ball ballooned up off the first man and fell favourably for Avispa.
Whereas against Yokohama it landed around the penalty spot for Daiki to challenge the keeper, this time it ballooned totally over the goalkeeper and landed in the corner of the goal; a horrible own goal which Avispa probably didn’t deserve. The Fukuoka players looked as surprised as I was that they had taken a lead, but after looking around briefly to see if the goal was allowed ran to celebrate with Jun who is unlikely to be credited with the goal.

While being very happy with 3 away points I hope that the poor performance was also noticed, with Okubo in particular needing to start playing for his place in the important game against Tokushima next week.

Posted May 22, 2010 by avispafukuoka in Match Reports

vs. Yokohama (youtube)   Leave a comment

The first video here shows highlights from the whole game, including the Yokohama goal, but is quite small.

Below it are better quality versions of the Avispa goals.

Full highlights.

Tanaka’s equaliser.

Genki’s winner.

Posted May 16, 2010 by avispafukuoka in Match highlights