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JFL Round 5 - Sunday Scores
It's not that often that you win and move down a place, but that's what's happened to erstwhile leaders Sagawa Kyubin Tokyo after Sunday's JFL fixtures. New top dogs are YKK AP, thanks to a 7-1 drubbing of Honda Lock which has already taken the lethal Hiroki Kishida / Mitsuru Hasegawa partnership onto a total of nine goals for the season so far.

16 Apr 06 - Tochigi on the attack in their win over RKU

Tochigi on the attack in their win over RKU

Another of the league's sharpshooters, Kodai Suzuki of Honda FC, was again on target but his team were unable to shake off the persistence of SC Tottori and so surprisingly dropped points in a 3-3 draw. Sharing fourth spot with Honda are Tochigi SC after their 3-1 win over Ryutsu Keizai University.

Sony Sendai managed their first win of the season as they beat Sagawa Kyubin Osaka 2-1, but the rest of the attention was focused on the bottom of the division, where the shock is that the only side still left without a point after five rounds are would-be promotion hopefuls FC Ryukyu. Jorge Yonashiro's men went down 3-1 at their deadly rivals, the improving Rosso Kumamoto, while previous wooden spoonists Mitsubishi Mizushima managed a useful 2-1 win away at JEF Club.

16 Apr 06 - Shin Asahina heads home for Rosso Kumamoto

Shin Asahina heads home for Rosso Kumamoto

Honda FC 3-3 SC Tottori
JEF Club 1-2 Mitsubishi Mizushima
Rosso Kumamoto 3-1 FC Ryukyu
Sony Sendai 2-1 Sagawa Kyubin Osaka
Tochigi SC 3-1 Ryutsu Keizai University
YKK AP 7-1 Honda Lock

1 YKK AP 15 (+16)
2 Sagawa Kyubin Tokyo 15 (+16)
3 Alo's Hokuriku 15 (+14)
4 Honda FC 13 (+7)
5 Tochigi SC 13 (+6)
6 Rosso Kumamoto 10 (+2)
7 Yokogawa Musashino 9 (+6)
8 Sagawa Kyubin Osaka 7 (+2)
9 Arte Takasaki 7 (-2)
10 Sony Sendai 6 (-2)
11 SC Tottori 3 (-5)
12 JEF Club 3 (-5)
13 Ryutsu Keizai University 3 (-6)
14 Mitsubishi Mizushima 3 (-10)
15 Sagawa Printing 2 (-5)
16 FC Kariya 1 (-12)
17 Honda Lock 1 (-15)
18 FC Ryukyu 0 (-7)

Kanto League Round 1
There were a total of three games played on Saturday in the opening round of the Kanto League season in Divisions 1 and 2. Division 2 hopefuls Ome FC snatched a last minute draw at Kanagawa Teachers thanks to new 19-year-old forward Yosuke Okayama. The Division 1 fixtures meanwhile saw Yaita SC pick up a 1-0 win at the military men of MSDF Atsugi Marcus and Toho Titanium sharing the points with Yokohama Sports & Culture Club.

Division 1

MSDF Atsugi Marcus 0-1 Yaita SC
Toho Titanium 1-1 YSCC

Division 2

Kanagawa Teachers 1-1 Ome FC

15 Apr 06 - Yosuke Okayama of Ome FC

Yosuke Okayama of Ome FC
Kansai League Round 1
Divisions 1 and 2 of the Kansai League commenced their 2006 schedules with a full programme of matches on Saturday, with Division 1 champions Banditonce Kobe getting off to a winning start as they seek to gain a place in the JFL at the end of the year. They saw off promoted Kyoto Shiko Club 2-0, while Sanyo Electric Sumoto beat AS Laranja Kyoto 3-2 in the battle of two likely mid-table sides. Elsewhere in Division 1, however, there were shocks aplenty as Ain Food went down 3-1 at home to Takada FC and last year's second place side, Kobe FC 1970, crashed 3-0 at home to new club FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu.

15 Apr 06 - Pint-sized Kyoto Shiko Club before their match with Banditonce Kobe

Pint-sized Kyoto Shiko Club before their match with Banditonce Kobe

In the Division 2 highlight, league newcomers Riseisha FC lost to Hermano Osaka on their debuts by the odd goal in nine. Last season's strugglers Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Kobe picked up a useful 1-0 win at the students of Kohga School and Technonet Osaka beat Kihoku Football Group 2-0; but FC Kyoto BAMB 1993's two first-half goals were enough for them to record a win over Kobe FC Senior C.

Division 1

Ain Food 1-3 Takada FC
Banditonce Kobe 2-0 Kyoto Shiko Club
Kobe FC 1970 0-3 FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu
Sanyo Electric Sumoto 3-2 AS Laranja Kyoto

Division 2

FC Kyoto BAMB 1993 2-0 Kobe FC Senior C
Hermano Osaka 5-4 Riseisha FC
Kohga School 0-1 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Kobe
Technonet Osaka 2-0 Kihoku Football Group
Kyushu League - Round 3 (Saturday)
Two goals from Shinichi Nishi helped Volca Kagoshima continue their good start to the season in the only Kyu League fixture to be played on Saturday. Volca overcame the previously unbeaten Okinawa Kariyushi 5-1 to maintain their own 100% record, three games in.

15 Apr 06 - Yuma Shiramoto, distinctly perky after Volca Kagoshima's win

Yuma Shiramoto, distinctly perky after Volca Kagoshima's win

Sat 15 Apr: Volca Kagoshima 5-1 Okinawa Kariyushi
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