Sunday, March 25, 2012

Are You a Peter Puffer Pyle??!!!

A jelly donut Sir...(Especially for Unkle Derik on his Birthday)
No I`m not, but I have been busy as f@@K lately with work, add this to a temperamental Sky dish and a  heads up on 5 quid a month deal for all UK Sky Sports package to my computer and what do you get? No nothings on Verdy for the last three games. Have we missed anything? Well the Boys are unbeaten following (another) 4-1 thumping of Toyama, a 0-0 borefest with what looks a good contender to be the 2012 shittest pro team in Japan; Yokohama FC and todays 2-0`er  over Thespa Kusatsu. I didn`t see one minute of any of the games due to the above, but Verdy are in 4th place which is joint highest that we have been at any point for the last two seasons  so nice one!! Onwards and Upwards and Back to Normal Service next week.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Second Best......Verdy 1 - 3 Kofu

There was to be no repeat of the opening day victory this afternoon with Verdy second best and run ragged by a powerful Kofu side. Verdy were second best for the entire 90 minutes and will look back on today as a painful lesson in how to dominate a game.
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!!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

One Year On.

Waters of Nature,
Soul plummets deeper below,
My tear rolls alone.

It`s not great, I`m not a poet but I do mean it.
Rest In Peace all  and I wish I had stronger, more helpful words to say.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

A Perfect Day and a Perfect Start. Perfik!! Verdy 2-0 Matsumoto

Paul Scholes` Grandad is a Green.
Verdy got the season up and running yesterday with their first Opening Day win in the last 3 attempts. In each of the last two seasons Verdy have been slow out of the blocks in the first few games but made no mistake yesterday despite a spirited performance from J2 newcomers Matsumoto Yamaga. The Matsumoto hordes swarmed into Tokyo and packed the away end not quite to the rafters but they did have to open the upper tier. Only when Verdy played FC Tokyo last season has there ever been a need for the upstairs to be opened at Ajinomoto in J2. A superb performance from a set of supporters who most definitely made themselves heard in the first game of their J-League journey.
On the pitch Verdy can count themselves lucky to have got away with all three points yesterday as Matsumoto were guilty of some wasteful efforts, Shibasaki pulled off a number of good stops and Matsumoto also thundered a header off the bar. An even first half finished all square with Matsumoto probably edging the chances but a very open, entertaining game kept the crowd going nicely. Into the second half and in the 51st minute it was club Captain Yuki Kobayashi who put Verdy in the lead somewhat fortunately sticking a leg out to deflect a shot past the keeper for a 1-0 lead. This was probably against the run of play and things were to get worse for Matsumoto when Josimar doubled the lead just a few minutes later combining nicely with Takuma Abe on the edge of the box to slide home from close range.
Yamaga were done and dusted by this point and never really threatened a comeback but can take credit in their first half performance when they had Verdy on the back foot and under pressure. If they had had that little bit of quality up front they could have been contenders. All`s well that ends well but if Verdy play like that defensively against the bigger teams they are going to find themselves behind and quickly.
Big George (II) with a debut strike and somersault off.
Next up it`s Venforet Kofu at Ajinomoto on Sunday so come on you Greens!! Onwards and Play Offwards The Boys March On!!