Sunday, April 8, 2012
|Kobayashi doing The Dog on Sugimoto. It`s allowed when you`re top of the league.|
Which is lucky really as the game itself was virtually devoid of incident for the first 60 minutes. Verdy started out with Fukatsu and Tsuchiya in the centre with Mori and Takahashi in the full back berths, Iio and Nishi were on the flanks with Kobayashi and Wada in the centre. Takuma Abe and loan signing Sugimoto completed the line up. Up to the 60th minute neither keeper had a save to make and the only notable action was a nasty clash of heads between Tsuchiya and a Vortis forward and Vortis hitting the bar right on the stroke of halftime. Dull, Dull, Dull.....but sunny and warm.
Into the second half and finally Verdy got going with Sugimoto adding to his debut goal following neat passing from Nishi and Kobayashi to leave him with just the keeper to beat. Vortis never really managed to trouble Shibasaki in the Verdy goal and it was Kobayashi who added to his tally for the year with the clincher two minutes from time. Set up by Abe, Kobayashi ensured that Verdy were in top spot before Bellmare very unsportingly decided to beat Machida later in the day. So, top for only an hour or two but top is still top. After the game we went for some post match beers in the grounds of a nice temple in Fuchu and decided that life is more than sweet in the spring sunshine at Hanami time.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
|Looks full of goodness here.|
In other news captain Yuki Kobayashi and new signing Kenyu Sugimoto have both been invited to train with the U-23 squad.
Monday, April 2, 2012
Verdy moved up to second in a game billed as "The Tokyo Classic". Move over Barcelona v Real Madrid there`s a new fixture in town. Righto.....er.....that`s twice EVER the two teams have met. One Emperor`s Cup win to Machida and yesterdays result for the Greens. So that`s one win each in this CLASSIC fixture. Check out a bomb from Takuma Abe for his 3rd of the season, Verdy`s vomit inducing away kit and a debut goal for Sugimoto signed from Cerezo Osaka. Click on Kawakatsu`s ever so groovy cap for extended highlights below and big thanks to the chap who put them up.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
|A jelly donut Sir...(Especially for Unkle Derik on his Birthday)|
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Within the first five minutes Kofu registered their intent with powerhouse Davi running rings rounds Takahashi and Tsuchiya and registering three efforts on goal the closest of which saw Shibasaki race off his line to block a goalbound effort. However, it was Verdy who actually took the lead with a Yuki Kobayashi penalty on 13 minutes after Takuma Abe had been clumsily felled in the box. Kobayashi`s penalty was struck poorly but luckily for him Ogi in the Kofu goal could only block his shot rather than hang on to it and the rebound fell kindly for Kobayashi to take his second of the season. Kofu then carried on exactly where they`d left off only this time finding success through Davi on a near post header from a corner. Takahashi was caught napping and Davi made no mistake. Verdy`s lead lasted four minutes.
The game then settled into a rythmn with Kofu looking more dangerous and Verdy struggling to get anything going the way.
1-1 at half time and then Kofu took the lead following a clanger from Shibasaki. Shibasaki seemed to have safely caught a high ball from a corner only to drop it at the feet of a grateful Sho Sasaki to poke home from 6 yards. An absolute dolly of a goal and Shibasaki deserves all the towel whips he receives in the bath after the game. Kawakatsu then went 3-4-3 in trying to chase the game bringing on Alex and Iio for Koike and Mori. Inevitably gaps were left at the back and Katagiri was left in acres of space to fire home following good work down the right.
So how are the boys doing two games in? Again in this game the defence was all over the show. Tsuchiya and Takahashi were unable to deal with Davi and Takasaki all afternoon. Fukatsu also came on late and dealt with Davi by clattering him and getting himself booked. The big worry this year so far is the lack of chances being created. Verdy were absolutely poor going forward today. The Boys registered only 3 or 4 long range efforts up to the 85th minute with the Kofu keeper having very little to do. Verdy finally managed to slip Kobayashi in to force the keeper into a decent save and Takahashi had a free header from the resulting corner. Too little, too late unfortunately. It feels like it`s going to be a long year this year. Onwards and Upwards In My Dreams The Boys March On!!