Shonan 3 – 1 Avispa
Unfortunately I had school graduation on the day of this game so I missed it. I watched a recording of the first half, and found a youtube video of our late consolation goal but haven’t tried too hard to watch the rest having got a bad result.
In pouring rain, and in front of only 3500 fans Shonan started the game looking like the better team, but Avispa were certainly still in the game and either team could have scored the opening goal.
Towards the end of the half Shonan’s winger got the ball after Kobara dwelled on the ball for too long and allowed himself to be dispossessed.
With plenty of space on the left wing he crossed a dangerous ball into the middle which Tsutsumi reached for but ended up reaching too far and hitting with his hand. Picking up a second yellow card he can’t really complain about being sent off, and should think more about his first booking where he spent too long on the ball and tripped his opponent after being dispossessed himself.
With 10 men for all of the second half, and a goal down from the penalty Avispa were always going to be in trouble, and duly conceded a 2nd goal before scoring one of their own.
Omata playing at left-back in place of Kim Min Je launched a high ball into the box where Sakata got his head onto the ball and laid it back for Okada to strike at goal. After an initial save Sakata was on hand to bundle home the rebound.
Pushing forward in search for an equaliser they then conceded a 3rd to ruin my pre-match prediction, and suffer their first defeat of the season.