S-Pulse 3-0 FC Tokyo
Omae 26, 63, 96 (pen)
S-Pulse win 4-2 on aggregate
GK Hayashi (74)
DF Jong-a-Pin (90)
MF Sugiyama (58)
Kobayashi on for Takagi (74)
Nabeta on for Hattanda (94)
As my previous semi-rabid post reported, we're going to the final, baby! The game happened while en route to Heathrow, so I couldn't find the outcome until I'd checked in, dropped off my bag and navigated security. Finally getting to an internet spot, I got online just in time to see Omae complete his hat trick and cement our place in the League Cup final.
Two weeks ago when I got on a plane heading the opposite direction, we had to face second placed Sendai, take a trip away to iwata, and had an Emperor's Cup 3rd round tie and a League Cup semi final to deal with. All in just two weeks. Well, take a bow lads - P4 W4 D0 L0. Goals for: 8 Goals against: 1. Our young team stepped up and made a statement loud and clear. After losing midfield talisman Brosque and team captain Ono you would have forgiven them for wavering or wobbling, but none of it.
Again, I'm afraid I can't comment too much having not seen the game (read our manager's thoughts here), but 3-0 is an emphatic response to the nature of our defeat in the first leg. I know may have gone on a bit about it, but I stand by my previous rantings. So anyway, here we go. Our first shot at silverware under our new regime, and from a personal aspect, my third time at the National Stadium with S-Pulse.
In 2008 Oita broke our hearts, and on New Year's Day 2011 Kashima stole cup glory from us. Our opponents on November 3rd, Antlers are not the same team they were, and more importantly, neither are we. We're better. We've got the measure of them and their ageing team is going to to have it very tough against out glory hungry youngsters. Ticket has been secured (thank you, Shunsuke!) and the countdown has begun!
The first trophy for a decade is on it's way Shimizu - I can just feel it!
Some personal videos from YouTube user ssnnddttyy. I love these as it makes you feel you're there. Genki's goals in order. 1.
2. Takagi's ball for Genki's second is absolutely perfect, but Omae still had it all to do. Great finish.