Mito won the first North Kanto derby match yesterday at home. The only goal came from Shiotani's pitching in of a keeper cleared ball.
Takayuki Suzuki was sent off in the second half with a direct red card from an errant elbow and a Kusatsu player flopping. Minutes later a Kusatsu player would get his second yellow to even things out. Honestly both red cards were at best halfway deserved.
The next match could end up being the biggest challenge of the year. Away at undefeated Shonan would be massive to come away with a win.