Sometimes at a match you get to view something that is special and lingers in your memory for many years to come. And sometimes you don’t.
The 2-1 victory for Marinos at a hot Mitsuzawa Stadium will be remembered for two pieces of football that came at totally opposite ends of the game and 90 minutes of forgettable dross.
There was a brilliant start to the game for the home supporters when Kazuma – who is in a rich vein of goalscoring form – slid a ball past an advancing goalkeeper to put the Marinos up by 1 within 15 seconds of the opening whistle.
Whilst a start like that can be great, more often than not it makes a team rest on its laurels and this is exactly what happened to Yokohama. They went on to be altogether unimpressive for the rest of the half. It was Montedio who made most the play as they had nothing to lose, but after going down by a goal less than 20 seconds into a match you cannot blame them for throwing the game plan out the window.
The audible fear of the fans was that what should be a home win could turn into a draw at best. Montedio slammed the ball into the post on a number of occasions, but it was the strike from Miyazaki that cannoned into Nakazawa and being deflected into the goal that got them to even stevens. It was unfortunate for Bomber as retreating to cover the line was exactly what he was supposed to be doing, but the speed of the shot back which was probably more a hopeful cross, meant he could do nothing more than brace himself for the impact.
Yokohama continued to remain lucky with Yamagata finding the woodwork again in the second half.
Cue the last play of the game and time virtually up on the clock. Just enough time to complete the corner. Hyodo delivered a pin point perfect corner to the head of Kunhoan who stuck it in the back of the net. The celebrations by the home fans were as much out of surprised celebration as relief that the Marinos had got 3 points from the game.
Without mincing words it was a pretty shoddy effort from the lads, but a win is a win. Playing the lower level teams is always hard as the mind tends to not prepare as well for a difficult game and underdogs like nothing more than knocking off the big boys at the pointy end of the points table.
Marinos are now 4 points clear of Gamba in 3rd, but they do have games in hand. Marinos have a tricky away tie at Omiya where we have struggled in seasons past.
See the highlights below …
Yokohama F.Marinos: Iikura, Kobayashi, Kurihara, Nakazawa, Kanai, Ogura, Hyodo, Nakamura, Taniguchi, Watanabe and Oguro.
Montedio Yamagata: Shimizu, Ishii, Nishikawa, Ishikawa, Sonoda, Shimomura, Miyazaki, Miyazawa, Akiba, Oota, and Okubo.
F.Marinos Substitutions: Oguro → Kunhoan (63), Nakamura → Ono (63), Watanabe → Aria (88)
Goals: Watanabe (15th second), Miyazaki (57), Kunhoan (90+5)