Oh be still my beating heart…
The victory gained by the Marinos last night ticked a lot of categories; squad rotation again, Shunsuke was back, a come from behind victory, an away victory, the inability to put the game out of reach, stringing victories together (4 in a row now which is the first time that has been done in the J-league for the Marinos in a number of years.)
But the one the category that is yet to be ticked is the return of the Marinos to 1st spot on the table. They were about 20 seconds away from that at about 9:07pm last night, until some cheeky twat from Kashiwa nabbed a goal to keep Kashiwa Arsehole (possibly spelt incorrectly) at the head of the table and 1pt ahead of Marinos for another week.
With Ono playing in behind the strikers of Oguro and Watanabe, and a change in goal that saw Akimoto the third string player get his opportunity to impress.
He didn’t have the best of starts when he got a hand to a powerful strike from Nasu. Purists would say if you get a hand to it then …. but the shot had enough on it after all the power had been taken off to still go in the back of the net. Good keeping but perhaps the freshness of the keeper showed. Fortunately he managed to keep the ball out of the net for the rest of the night which means that he can still hold his head high with a W under the belt.
In the 34th minute Marinos leveled. Kazuma bagged another goal after some good work in the box, and though not as clean a strike as last week, it had the same effect.
Fujita from Jubilo bought down Ono in the box as he was retreating to open up some room. It was a clumsy challenge and deserving of a penalty, and Shunsuke duly stuck it in the net for the Marinos to take the lead 6 minutes into the 2nd half.
Our two golden defenders were unlucky to not put us 2 goals in front about 10 minutes later. Kurihara got a good header on goal from a corner and as it was deflected our shaggy haired #22 talisman got a good strike only to see that also deflected away. From the next corner Ono did get one past the keeper but it was judged to be a foul. Seeing the replay, Ono began to climb up the back of the defender, set up basecamp and then try for a further ascent.
The traveling fans were loving life and away trips for victories makes those trips home all the more enjoyable. And given the fact that the away fans were the only ones that could be heard over the telecast of the game it would be a good trip home.
Late in the game Jubilo had one big chance to equalize but could not capitalize and the game was Marinos.
We will endeavor to report to fans why there was such a major change in goal, as at this stage it remains a little unclear.
Here’s the highlights …
Yokohama F.Marinos: Akimoto, Kobayashi, Kurihara, Nakazawa, Kanai, Ogura, Hyodo, Ono, Nakamura, Oguro, and Ono.
Jubilo Iwata: Kawaguchi, Kaga, Komano, Yamamoto, Fujita, Nasu, Yamada, Kobayashi, Yamamoto, Maeda, and Yamasaki.
F.Marinos Substitutions: Oguro → Kunhoan (69), Nakamura → Amano (74), Ono → Hato (88)
Goals: Nasu (17), Watanabe (35), Nakamura (51)