Saturday, 11 July 2009

Ishikawa Mauls Grampus in Davi's Final Game

Red-hot winger, Naohiro Ishikaawa, added another goal to his tally, making him joint top scorer in the league. A low shot into the far corner giving Narazaki no chance, after Ishikawa was allowed to run at the defense. Cabore added a second, when he tucked home a spilled save by Narazaki later in the half.

The presence of gentle giant Sota Hirayama in the Tokyo forward line, saw Nagoya's own gentle giant, Takahiro Masukawa, return to the heart of the defense, after missing the last game through suspension. However, Tokyo's pace always had Masu and Grampus on the back foot, and Narazaki was forced to make a couple of excellent saves to keep the score to a respectable level. Even so, there was little he could do when Sauzuki was also allowed a free run into the box, later in injury time, to fire home Tokyo's third.

This game saw youngster Sho Hanai make a rare appearance as a substitute, but had to withdraw injured after only 15 minutes. Otherwise, it was the same old faces failing to impress. After Sato's successful start last week, we were hoping to see some other fresh faces today. Hopefully, one or two will get their chance in the Nabisco Cup game on Wednesday. It was also Davi's last league game in a Grampus jersey, as the yellow card picked up in the first hale, rules him out for next week's encounter against Sanga.

FC Tokyo
Shuichi Gonda
Yuhei Tokunaga, Bruno Quadros, Yasuyuki Konno, Yuto Nagatomo
Takuji Yonemoto, Yohei Kajiyama, Naohiro Ishikawa (Tatsuya Suzuki 75), Naotake Hanyu (Sotan Tanabe 64)
Cabore (Shingo Akamine 80), Sota Hirayama
Scorers: Ishikawa 3, Cabore 34, Suzuki 90+3

Seigo Narazaki
Hayuma Tanaka, Akira Takeuchi, Takahiro Masukawa, Shohei Abe
Yoshizumi Ogawa, Kei Yamaguchi (Sho Hanai 63), Keiji Yoshimura (Yuki Maki HT), Magnum
Keiji Tamada, Davi (Keita Sugimoto 69)


dokool said...

Correction - the yellow card rules Davi out on Wednesday (against... us!) and he'll totally be able to act like a bitch and lumber up and down the field against Sanga one last time.

Seriously, you guys are better off with the money.

Red Orca said...

Yes. I had forgotten that NC games are also included as part of this process. It is OUR first NC game tis year.:-)

Will be interesting to see if Davi starts against Sanga. Not much point giving him a lot of time playing alongside Josh and Tamada, those two should be allowed to get used to each other's style of play, with Davi disrupting things.