Luck was on Tokushima Vortis’ side during Sunday’s encounter with Mito Hollyhock. A last-minute goal from defender Buijs reassured that the Blues are capable of fighting for everything in Japan League 2.
The match against Mito Hollyhock, who are currently in third place, was a test of level for Tokushima Vortis, who were able to overcome it, in a clash that witnessed some great chances. The hosts’ first chance on goal came from a shot by Jo that was very close to Vortis’ net. Tokushima Vortis, later, responded to that with a header from Kiyotake from a corner kick.
Throughout the game, the hosts showed why they deserved to be up in the table. However, Vortis also demonstrated the same determination. Vortis’ goalkeeper Kajikawa, with a brilliant save, denied a great header from Shimizu. Despite the many chances on goal, the first half ended with a goalless draw.
In the second half of the game, during the first few minutes, Vortis were denied by the woodwork. Mito went ahead with a quarter of an hour left on the clock through a spectacular play from Kuwokawa, who beat several Vortis players and was able to create a lovely finish with top quality against goalkeeper Kajikawa.
The game looked to be heading towards a win for Mito, until Buijs’ last minute equaliser. The draw leaves Tokushima at 11 points, just three points away from the play-offs after a week during which they were able to secure 7 points from the three games played.