Thought we were dead? Sorry to disappoint you but, after having a good old whinge early last season before disappearing up our own bottoms for the rest of the year, we are now back to bore you all over again as the 2013 season kicked off in dramatic style yesterday afternoon! Hooray!
First off, perhaps it’s only appropriate to fill you guys in as to why we went AWOL for such a long time. Well, the truth is I’ve been undergoing a gender operation and am more into ladies football these days whereas Blake has decided that Morris dancing is more his thing right now and has taken to the streets armed with bells, hankies, and bits of wood on a weekly basis.
On top of that, Blake has also become a Father again to a beautiful baby girl and I’ve been working like a madman traveling between Yokohama and Saitama in between buying my first ever piece of land property just a stones throw away from Nissan Stadium. In short, we simply didn’t have the time to continue throughout last season. Sorry.
That said, I’m hopeful this season will be a little easier for us to keep the ball rolling all the way to the end of the season when we win the title and subsequent ACL!
Speaking of which, you may have noticed that we played host to our “Fresh from J2” friends, Shonan Belmare yesterday as we kicked-off our 2013 campaign at home with a 4-2 win over our Kanagawa rivals! The game started very slowly but after we drew first blood in the 40th minute courtesy of a lovely free kick from Shunsuke Nakamura, the game suddenly went up several notches in terms of tempo. So sudden in fact, myself and the other supporters in our area were too busy celebrating the goal to realize that Shonan had equalized immediately after! We were all nonplussed when we looked up at the scoreboard to see that it said 1-1 so none of us knew what had transpired until we saw the replay on the big screen which showed Shonan’s mohican sporting forward, Quirino, make good use of a fumbled deflection from Kobayashi to shut us all up. Bloody party pooper.
In fact, Quirino was in such fine form that he even had the cheek to take the ball around Yuji Nakazawa (Yes, we know that’s technically impossible) in the 60th minute to take the lead. Naturally at this point I was on my 6th beer so when a mere five minutes later Shonan scored another from cross and header I was totally convinced the goal had stood and was under the impression that we were losing 3-1. Don’t believe me? check our twitter feed to see for yourself how much I wasn’t paying attention! Aaah beer and a fuck-off sized running track makes watching 3mm tall people kick a football SO absorbing doesn’t it?
My confusion continued right up until the 73rd minute when Marquinhos tapped in a textbook cross to make the score (what I believed to be) 3-2 so I was once again surprised for the second time in the same match to discover that the scoreboard was saying something different when I looked up after celebrating. Brilliant!
Not long after, Manabu Saito showed us what he had learned during his loan spell in the lower leagues to score his first goal at the Nissan as he picked up on a lost ball from Marquinhos in the area and took it around 2 defenders before sticking inside the far netting. THEN the score was 3-2. I made sure by looking at the scoreboard this time.
I knew we were gonna win 4-2 eventually so it came as no surprise to me whatsoever to see us be granted a PK in the 88th minute. Marquinhos was again at the centre of the action when he was brought down inside the box. A yellow card was duly dished out along with a penalty kick which Marqui took the liberty of burying into the bottom left corner to make it 4-2.
In all, and nice comeback and a VERY welcome opening win! We have had a habit of losing our opening home game so this was the first opening game that we have won in 5 years! Well done boys, next up: Shimizu! VAMOS!!
Here’s the highlights:
F.Marinos Starting XI: Enomoto, Kobayashi, Kurihara, Nakazawa, Dutra, Nakamachi, Tomisawa, Hanato, Nakamura, Hyodo, and Marquinhos
F.Marinos Substitutions: Hanato → Saito (59), Tomisawa → Fujita (64), Hyodo → Ogura (94)
F.Marinos Goals: Nakamura (40), Marquinhos (73)(88), Saito (82)