Avispa 4 – 0 Gainare
27’Sakata, 41’Sakata, 46’Sueyoshi, 51’Takahashi.
The good news at a cold and windy Level-5 Stadium was that despite a couple of slight injuries at the end of the JEF game the team facing Gainare was the same as on Tuesday. With a new team who look good in patches but struggle to find the scoring touch this is exactly what they needed.
The game started with a familiar pattern as Avispa had the edge in possession but couldn’t really convert this into scoring opportunities. The left side of the field was looking the more likely, with Kim and Sho starting to get a nice understanding, but Gainare were also looking like they had the potential to spring a runner beyond Avispa’s offside trap to cause problems.
After 21 minutes it was from the left side that Avispa made their breakthrough. Kim broke from the back and somehow rode a tackle on the sideline which resulted in the ball stopping dead on the line. While the Gainare defender stood waiting for a decision from the referee Kim nipped in and got the ball. Feeding Yutaka on the edge of the boxhe somehow got it to Sakata who calmly switched feet and lifted his shot into the corner of the goal.
Avispa started to look a bit more confident and after a slow controlling 20 minutes changed gears to double the score. With Yutaka again getting the ball in the box he cross-shot across the box where Sakata could get his 2nd with a very classy backheeled volley as the ball came across his body.
Holding a 2-0 lead at half-time with a contender for goal of the week Avispa scored what must be Goal of the week straightafter the break. While some people were still trying to get a hot drink Jogo did a great direct run down the wing and landed a cross straight onto Sueyoshi. Rather than try to bring it down he had the confidence to hit it first time with a scissors kick from outside the box with the ball rifling into the net. Sueyoshi ran to the subs knowing he had just scored a screamer.
Avispa were in party mood andtheir short passes and tricky triangles were all coming off.Another couple of goals looked inevitable. When it did come it was Yutaka’s first of the season. After Jogo again went down the right and crossed Sakata did an audacious toe flick pass which reached Yutaka. After being close a few times he registered his first goalshooting back across goal.
At 4-0 Avispa took what I think is the correct decision to bring on all 3 subs, and give experience and rest to players. Samir and Oh both came on for debuts and looked lively, while Ishizu got another 15 minutes to run at defenders and do enough to keep coming on and look like a decent young player.
Samir was taking up good positions, but needs time with his new team-mates, Oh did some incredible skills and runs but seemed to panic with his final ball.