Omiya Ardija 2-2 S-Pulse
Jong-a-Pin (og) 56 --------------------- Ishige 74
Aoki 65 ------------------------------------ Uchida 84
DF Jong-a-Pin (86)
MF Sugiyama (95)
FW Bare (11)
Senuma on for Muramatsu (70)
Uchida on for Yoshida (70)
Ito on for Takagi (90)
Football is back, and it feels so good!
A game of two halfs. Playing into the sun and against the wind, we were second best in the first 45. Neither team created too many clear cut chances, but Omiya were the more likely. They made good on their promise with two goals around the hour mark.
The first came from the most unlikely of sources - a Jong-a-Pin own goal. His attempted clearance of a dangerous cross only succeeded in finding the net. 1-0, and ten minutes later the lead was doubled after Novakovič scythed down the wing, beating Calla at the touchline to play the ball back for Aoi to stroke home.
Senuma and Uchida were brought on shortly after and both played a role in clawing a point back. Senuma was active and putting himself around the park and it was from a Bare header that he was one on one with the keeper. Neither player made it cleanly, and the resulting collision left the ball to spill free to a waiting Ishige. He poked it home for his first league goal. An easy goal, but he was crucial in our comeback. Not long after Omiya doubled their lead a meandering run has ended in a shot from the edge of the area cannoning back off the bar. He earned his tap in today.
Ten minutes after his goal a darting run down the right wing saw him get brushed by the Omiya defender. Brushed enough to kick his own legs and go down? Well, down he went and the resulting Uchida's freekick was swept into the box only to be missed by everyone, keeper included.
2-2 and cue a frantic last 10 minutes. We may well have scored, probably should have done, but if you don't take your chances what can you do? 2-2 was fair, and a better result in the end for us than them. Now we can all look forward to next week's home opener versus Yokohama F. Marinos. After today's absence I'll be there in earnest!