August 12, 2018
In a competition as even as the Japan League 2 is, every single point counts. Shimaya rescued a tie for the Blues in the 94th minute, in the last play of the game. A goal that made justice to the merits of both teams on the pitch, a rivalry marked by two offensive teams, that exposed everything regardless being ahead in the scoreboard. The game opened with one of the great goals of the season, with Iwao as the protagonist. The captain of Tokushima Vortis sent the ball to one of the top corners of Renofa Yamaguchi’s goal from a long distance. Iwao, curiously, is untapping this season as a scorer, especially with spectacular goals. However, the goal was neutralized by Renofa Yamaguchi within the first quarter of an hour. First with Maruoka’s goal in the 8th minute with a shot in the far post, and then in the 16th minute by Onaiwu.
Both teams put the action on hold until the second half, when goal chances for Tokushima Vortis came one after another. David Barral had the best one with a volley that went out very close to the goal of Renofa Yamaguchi. Tokushima Vortis pressed hard in search for the tie, which led to suffer some counterattacks. Kajikawa, goalkeeper of Tokushima Vortis, did not fail in his job. In the end, Shimaya found the equalizer with a header in a corner-kick, precisely in a play that not long ago was the weakest point of the Blues. The Tokushima Vortis player flew in the air to score another great goal.
Tokushima Vortis remains in the tenth position with 38 points, seven behind the play-off spots and with one game still to play. On the horizon, the next match against Montedio Yamagata, a team that has 40 points and also aspires to the play-off places. The Blues will play at home, a scenario that in this last stretch of the season has become a fortress.