May 06, 2018
Tokushima Vortis pocketed their second win in a row. A victory that changes the landscape completely, placing the Blues thirteenth in the table, only three points behind the play-off spots. Wider is the gap with the direct promotion spots, currently in the hands of Oita Trinita (leader with 27 points) and Fagiano Okayama (second with 25). Tokushima Vortis has 17 points now.
The win, in addition, brings great news: no goals conceded. Already two consecutive games not receiving goals. A more practical performance this time for the blues, being effective in both areas. Kajikawa, goalkeeper of Tokushima Vortis, starred in the first major action of the match in the third minute. He converted a bad clearance with his foot in a spectacular save to avoid the 1-0. It was the most dangerous play from Mito Hollyhock in the first half. The men of Ricardo Rodriguez did not create any dangerous opportunity until the 20th minute, in a set piece from the Spanish coach laboratory. Ishii came close to scoring for the visitors, but he could not connect his shot clearly. The first half did not have any more important plays in a football match controlled by Tokushima Vortis.
The team changed in the second half, pushing hard for the victory from the first minute. As a consequence, goal chances started to follow. Omoto, in the 50th minute, had the first one, but the action was saved by Mito Hollyhock’s goalkeeper in a great play. The action ended in a corner-kick, from which it came the goal of Tokushima Vortis. Sisi broke through in left wing crossing the ball to the box to find the kick on goal from Yamasaki in the near post, a player that has reencountered the goals in this month of May. The 0-1 changed the game, forcing Mito Hollyhock to push for the tie. Luck, elusive for Tokushima Vortis in previous matches, this time played in favor. Kishimoto hit the post in a hand-to-hand action against Kagikawa. However, Tokushima Vortis could have also scored the 0-2 through Sisi, with a shot from outside the box that found the quick response of Mito Hollyhock’s goalkeeper, without a doubt the best player of his team in this match. That was all in a game that fell on the side of Tokushima Vortis, a team that has had a spectacular reaction to a bad run of results. In the next matchday, Kyoto Sanga, currently the last team in the standings, will pay a visit to Tokushima Vortis’ stadium.