Andrew McKirdy

Andrew McKirdy is a sports writer for The Japan Times. His main beat is soccer, but he has also covered rugby, tennis, volleyball, golf and even tug-of-war. A native of the Scottish Borders, he has written for The Scotsman newspaper and organized filming for a program on Japanese soccer for ITV television.

For Andrew McKirdy's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Kashiwa Reysol edge Cerezo Osaka for fourth win in a row

/ May 6, 2017

Kashiwa Reysol edge Cerezo Osaka for fourth win in a row

Kashiwa Reysol picked up their fourth straight J. League win after a fluke goal by Brazilian striker Cristiano handed them a 1-0 victory over Cerezo Osaka on Saturday. Cerezo arrived at Hitachi Stadium riding an unbeaten streak stretching back to March 4, but the visitors ...

Antlers continue mastery of Reds with shutout victory

/ May 4, 2017

Antlers continue mastery of Reds with shutout victory

Defending J. League champions Kashima Antlers returned to the scene of last season's title triumph to haunt Urawa Reds with a 1-0 win on Thursday. Mu Kanazaki scored in the 24th minute at Saitama Stadium to maintain Antlers' stranglehold over Urawa, having recovered from a ...

Ardija shock Reds in derby to end winless spell

/ Apr 30, 2017

Ardija shock Reds in derby to end winless spell

Akimi Barada scored in the 63rd minute as rock-bottom Omiya Ardija stunned J. League-leading local rivals Urawa Reds with a 1-0 win on Sunday. Ardija went into the match at Nack 5 Stadium having endured a dreadful start to the season, losing seven and drawing ...