Moan Number 1
3,826 at Ajinomoto Stadium on a Sunday in the school holidays, weather was decent AND there was a cheap ticket offer.
Moan Number 2
Verdy lost again.
Moan Number 3
I forgot to go to the bank before the game and was unable to drown myself in overpriced beer throughout the game to dull the pain.
Redeeming Feature Number 1
Our old friend and closet Verdy No.1 Supporter Steve came along and bought out the club shop. For an Omiya fan he sure bought a big bag of Verdy goods.
(Semi) Redeeming Feature Number 2
Verdy`s Youth Team beat the whole of the J-League in the 2011 Adidas Cup. Verdy rule the youth leagues and these guys will eventually play for the first team. (For 5 minutes before being sold).
Redeeming Feature Number 3
FC Tokyo also lost. (clutching at straws now...)
Now here is an ever so sensible sensible/dull match report.
The game was an even affair with both teams struggling to mount any long periods of pressure or sustained attacking football. Verdy were to come straight out on the attack with Yuki Kobayashi going close with a free header over the bar in the opening minute but it was to be Oita who would score first with a crisp strike from Choi operating down the Oita left.
Choi broke down the left, cut inside Mori and fired a perfect curler into the top corner from outside the box and over the despairing dive of Shibasaki. Initially Shibasaki seemed to be out of position but after seeing the video replay there was nothing he could have done. Quite simply a superb effort.
Verdy equalised soon after with Maranhao scoring his third of the season following excellent work down the right from Hiroki Kawano. Kawano recieved the ball in his own half, ran the length of the field, turned his marker inside out to leaving him on the floor and fed Maranhao for a low finish.
Both teams seemed to cancel each other out with real chances coming at a premium. Kikuoka was next forcing a smart stop from Shimizu in the Oita goal, diving to his left to bat away Kikuoka`s effort from just inside the box. Oita should have taken the lead just before the break with Shibasaki doing well to keep out a one on one with Nishi.
Into the second half and it was Verdy who made most of the running, keeping possession for long periods though unable to REALLY work the keeper. Takuma Abe had a quiet game with just one or two decent runs though it was to be be Verdys top scorer who missed a golden chance to take the lead when shooting straight at the keeper from six yards from Maranhao`s pull back.
Oita took the points probably against the run of play on 74 minutes with a header from Maeda. Masashi Miyazawa`s free kick cleared the Verdy defence leaving an unmarked Maeda to stoop down and fire the header low past Shibasaki.
Oita hung on for the win and took a valuable 3 points back to Kyushu. Oita were probably a little lucky to take all three points but they took their chances whereas Verdy missed. The arse crack smokin, hairdresser worshippin`, 0.6 Horsepower ass wipes that they are.
Onwards and Camping Yet Again For 3 Days in Nagano this Timewards The Boys Camp On!!
Say YES I say and with a Mars bar just popped inside the rear waist band. Blokes are supposed to be blokes .