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Tokai League Division 1 - Round 5
Shizuoka FC and FC Gifu continued their march ahead at the top of Division 1 of the Tokai League on Sunday, as Shizuoka strolled to a 4-0 win over Fujieda City Hall while Gifu were beating Maruyasu Industry. The stage is set for a showdown between the two on 24 June in Gifu, which will surely decide the destination of the title for 2006. Elsewhere, Yazaki Valente moved third after a 2-1 win at Chukyo University, but ACM Central remain rooted to the foot of the division as a result of their 1-0 home defeat by Sagawa Kyubin Chugoku.

04 Jun 06 - Sagawa Kyubin Chukyo in grey get the better of ACM Central

Sagawa Kyubin Chukyo in grey get the better of ACM Central

Sun 04 Jun: Shizuoka FC 4-0 Fujieda City Hall
Sun 04 Jun: Chukyo University 1-2 Yazaki Valente
Sun 04 Jun: FC Gifu 3-0 Maruyasu Industry
Sun 04 Jun: ACM Central 0-1 Sagawa Kyubin Chukyo

1 Shizuoka FC 13 (+14)
2 FC Gifu 13 (+10)
3 Yazaki Valente 9 (+1)
4 Maruyasu Industry 7 (-1)
5 Sagawa Kyubin Chukyo 6 (-1)
6 Chukyo University 5 (-2)
7 Fujieda City Hall 3 (-12)
8 ACM Central 1 (-9)

04 Jun 06 - Maruyasu Industry battle FC Gifu before a crowd of 7360

Maruyasu Industry battle FC Gifu before a crowd of 7360

Tohoku League Division 2(S) - Round 6
Just one game in the Tohoku League Division 2 (South) over the weekend - but it was a big one, with second place Furukawa Battery inflicting a first defeat of the year on leaders Marisol Matsushima. This closes the gap between the two to six points, although Furukawa do have two matches in hand.

04 Jun 06 - Marisol Matsushima in red struggle to keep up with Furukawa Battery

Marisol Matsushima in red struggle to keep up with Furukawa Battery

Sun 04 Jun: Furukawa Battery 4-2 Marisol Matsushima
Tohoku League Division 1 - Rounds 5 & 6
Leading pair TDK Akita and Grulla Morioka continue to dominate in Division 1 of the Tohoku League, following on from the memorable climax to the 2005 season when the two shared the title having an absolutely identical league record. But it's TDK with the markedly superior goal difference this time, which they increased thanks to a 7-0 thrashing of FC Primeiro in round 6 on Sunday, while Grulla could only put three past Wiese Shiogama. Primeiro are nevertheless the two frontrunners' nearest challengers, having picked up a 1-0 win at NEC Tokin the previous weekend. At the bottom of the table, newly-promoted Sendai Nakata Club still have yet to pick up a point after defeats by NEC and an improving Morioka Zebra .

04 Jun 06 - Calm yourselves. It's the warm-up before NEC Tokin clash with Sendai Nakata Club

Calm yourselves. It's the warm-up before NEC Tokin clash with Sendai Nakata Club

Sun 28 May: Grulla Morioka 1-0 Nippon Steel Kamaishi
Sun 28 May: Morioka Zebra 5-3 Sendai Nakata Club
Sun 28 May: NEC Tokin 0-1 FC Primeiro
Sun 28 May: TDK Akita 1-0 Wiese Shiogama

Sun 04 Jun: Nippon Steel Kamaishi 3-3 Morioka Zebra
Sun 04 Jun: TDK Akita 7-0 FC Primeiro
Sun 04 Jun: Wiese Shiogama 0-3 Grulla Morioka
Sun 04 Jun: Sendai Nakata Club 0-2 NEC Tokin

1 TDK Akita 15 (+22)
2 Grulla Morioka 15 (+10)
3 FC Primeiro 10 (-6)
4 NEC Tokin 7 (+1)
5 Wiese Shiogama 5 (+1)
6 Morioka Zebra 4 (-7)
7 Nippon Steel Kamaishi 1 (-14)
8 Sendai Nakata Club 0 (-7)
Kansai League Division 2 - Round 8
Technonet Osaka retained their lead in Division 2 of the Kansai League after the round 8 fixtures over the weekend, beating Kihoku Football Group 3-1 in order to hold off the challenge of second-placed FC Kyoto BAMB 1993. After two consecutive draws, BAMB meanwhile went back to winning ways with a comfortable 4-0 triumph over a Kobe FC Senior C side already looking like relegation certainties, but the middle of the division is a lot closer, especially now that new boys Riseisha FC have climbed their way up to within two points of third place via their defeat of Hermano Osaka, not to mention Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Kobe's failure to beat Kohga School.

03 Jun 06 - Kohga School, fresh as daisies after their match at Mitsubishi Kobe

Kohga School, fresh as daisies after their match at Mitsubishi Kobe

Sat 03 Jun: Kobe FC Senior C 0-4 FC Kyoto BAMB 1993
Sat 03 Jun: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Kobe 0-0 Kohga School

Sun 04 Jun: Kihoku Football Group 1-3 Technonet Osaka
Sun 04 Jun: Riseisha FC 3-0 Hermano Osaka

1 Technonet Osaka 21 (+8)
2 FC Kyoto BAMB 1993 20 (+18)
3 Hermano Osaka 13 (+3)
4 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Kobe 13 (+2)
5 Riseisha FC 11 (+2)
6 Kohga School 7 (-6)
7 Kihoku Football Group 5 (-15)
8 Kobe FC Senior C 1 (-12)
Kansai League Division 1 - Round 8
After a draw in round 7 against Kobe FC 1970, Kansai League Division 1 leaders Banditonce Kobe succumbed to their first defeat of the year in Sunday's round 8 match with relegation-threatened Kyoto Shiko Club. They nevertheless remain four points in front thanks to second-placed Kobe FC's defeat at FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu, which resulted in FC Mi-o jumping up to third and Kobe falling to fourth - in second now are Sanyo Electric Sumoto, 2-1 victors on Saturday against AS Laranja Kyoto. Takada FC remained in touch at the bottom, meanwhile, thanks to a crucial 1-0 win over surprise strugglers Ain Food.

03 Jun 06 - Banditonce Kobe’s shock defeat to Kyoto Shiko

Banditonce Kobe’s shock defeat to Kyoto Shiko

Sat 03 Jun: AS Laranja Kyoto 1-2 Sanyo Electric Sumoto
Sat 03 Jun: Kyoto Shiko Club 1-0 Banditonce Kobe

Sun 04 Jun: FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu 1-0 Kobe FC 1970
Sun 04 Jun: Takada FC 1-0 Ain Food

1 Banditonce Kobe 19 (+13)
2 Sanyo Electric Sumoto 15 (+5)
3 FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu 15 (+2)
4 Kobe FC 1970 13 (+1)
5 Kyoto Shiko Club 9 (-2)
6 Ain Food 9 (-3)
7 AS Laranja Kyoto 7 (-6)
8 Takada FC 7 (-10)
Hokushinetsu League Division 2 - Round 8
No doubting the match of the round in the Hokushinetsu League Division 2 on Sunday, as newly-promoted Maruoka Phoenix made it to the top of the table thanks to a 2-1 win away at previous leaders Valiente Toyama. Indeed, Valiente fell to third as a result of the defeat, TOP Niigata's 4-1 trouncing of LionPower Komatsu moving them up into a second spot that has been achieved almost entirely on the basis of a perfect home record. At the bottom of the table, meanwhile, Nissei Resin picked up their fifth draw of the year at FC Antelope and Toyama Shinjo Club also improved their chances of avoiding the drop thanks a 2-1 victory over FC Kanazu.

04 Jun 06 - Maruoka Phoenix wrestle with Valiente Toyama

Maruoka Phoenix wrestle with Valiente Toyama

Sun 04 Jun: FC Antelope 2-2 Nissei Resin
Sun 04 Jun: TOP Niigata 4-1 LionPower Komatsu
Sun 04 Jun: Toyama Shinjo Club 2-1 FC Kanazu
Sun 04 Jun: Valiente Toyama 1-2 Maruoka Phoenix

1 Maruoka Phoenix 16 (+4)
2 TOP Niigata 14 (+6)
3 Valiente Toyama 14 (+5)
4 FC Antelope 12 (-1)
5 FC Kanazu 9 (-3)
6 LionPower Komatsu 9 (-4)
7 Toyama Shinjo Club 7 (-10)
8 Nissei Resin 5 (-3)
Hokushinetsu League Division 1 - Round 8
It's still tight at the top of the Hokushinetsu League Division 1, as the three frontrunners all managed wins in round 8 on Sunday. Still top of the table, therefore, are Matsumoto Yamaga Club, who despatched Fervorosa to the tune of 4-1. Hot on their heels are title holders Nagano Elsa, 7-0 winners for the third time this season, on this occasion against relegation favourites Teihens FC , while Japan Soccer College remain third following their defeat of Ueda Gentian. In the middle of it all, however, are Zweigen Kanazawa, whose intended season of domination has not worked out as they'd intended, but they are clearly streets ahead of the bottom of the division as well, as evidenced by their own third seven-goal performance of the campaign against Niigata University of Management.

04 Jun 06 - Matsumoto Yamaga in white get the better of Fervorosa

Matsumoto Yamaga in white get the better of Fervorosa

Sun 04 Jun: Fervorosa 1-4 Matsumoto Yamaga Club
Sun 04 Jun: Japan Soccer College 1-0 Ueda Gentian
Sun 04 Jun: Nagano Elsa 7-0 Teihens FC
Sun 04 Jun: Zweigen Kanazawa 7-1 Niigata University of Management

1 Matsumoto Yamaga Club 22 (+22)
2 Nagano Elsa 21 (+28)
3 Japan Soccer College 19 (+21)
4 Zweigen Kanazawa 13 (+18)
5 Fervorosa 8 (-2)
6 Niigata University of Management 4 (-28)
7 Ueda Gentian 2 (-25)
8 Teihens FC 2 (-34)

04 Jun 06 - Midfielder Yoshikatsu Yamazaki in possession for Zweigen against NUM

Midfielder Yoshikatsu Yamazaki in possession for Zweigen against NUM
JFL - Round 13 (Sunday)
More significant action to report at both the bottom and the top of the JFL in Sunday's round 13 clashes. Leaders YKK AP stuttered for the second home match in succession, managing only a 1-1 draw against mid-table Sony Sendai, with Yu Hoshide on target for the fifth time this season. Second now are Tochigi SC, who picked up a vital 3-2 win at home to fellow challengers Honda FC that included two goals for Satoshi Takahide. And with Honda in third, Sagawa Kyubin Osaka are now the surprise fourth-place side, thanks to a remarkable second half display that saw them put six past Mitsubishi Mizushima to notch up their third win in a row.

Down near the bottom with Mitsubishi, Sagawa Printing won three crucial points by beating Honda Lock with a late Daisuke Nakamori goal to jump out of the relegation play-off zone. Ryutsu Keizai University are still in grave danger but managed a very impressive goalless draw at title hopefuls Rosso Kumamoto - but in truth, the whole of the bottom third of the division are under threat. This includes FC Ryukyu - who on balance will be disappointed at only having managed a draw with Yokogawa Musashino - and JEF Club, despite the latter's 2-1 win over Arte Takasaki.

04 Jun 06 - Kerboom! Star man Kentaro Yoshida gets in a shot for Tochigi against Honda

Kerboom! Star man Kentaro Yoshida gets in a shot for Tochigi against Honda

Sun 04 Jun: FC Ryukyu 0-0 Yokogawa Musashino
Sun 04 Jun: Honda Lock 2-3 Sagawa Printing
Sun 04 Jun: JEF Club 2-1 Arte Takasaki
Sun 04 Jun: Mitsubishi Mizushima 0-6 Sagawa Kyubin Osaka
Sun 04 Jun: Rosso Kumamoto 0-0 Ryutsu Keizai University
Sun 04 Jun: Tochigi SC 3-2 Honda FC
Sun 04 Jun: YKK AP 1-1 Sony Sendai

1 YKK AP 33 (+26)
2 Tochigi SC 30 (+13)
3 Honda FC 28 (+11)
4 Sagawa Kyubin Osaka 26 (+13)
5 Rosso Kumamoto 26 (+11)
6 Alo's Hokuriku 25 (+15)
7 Yokogawa Musashino 21 (+4)
8 Sagawa Kyubin Tokyo 20 (+14)
9 SC Tottori 17 (+5)
10 Sony Sendai 17 (-2)
11 Arte Takasaki 14 (-9)
12 JEF Club 12 (-5)
13 FC Kariya 11 (-15)
14 FC Ryukyu 10 (-4)
15 Sagawa Printing 9 (-14)
16 Mitsubishi Mizushima 9 (-21)
17 Ryutsu Keizai University 8 (-16)
18 Honda Lock 8 (-26)

04 Jun 06 - On the way to defeat and the bottom of the JFL, Honda Lock attack Sagawa Printing

On the way to defeat, but Honda Lock attack Sagawa Printing
Kyushu League - Round 9
The Kyushu League season reached its midway point on Sunday, with a further four fixtures in Kitakyushu to finish off the weekend double header - and there wasn't much doubt as to what the match of the day was, as leaders V Varen Nagasaki scored a vital 2-1 win over challengers Nippon Steel Oita to open up a four-point gap over their rivals. New Wave Kitakyushu have moved into second place after their surprisingly narrow win over Osumi NIFS United and it seems likely that these two teams will battle it out for the title this year. Early leaders Volca Kagoshima meanwhile picked up their first win since round 4 at the expense of Nanakuma Tombies, but relegation-threatened Kaiho Bank SC undid much of the good achieved by their rare triumph on Saturday when they lost to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki to slip back into the drop zone.

03 Jun 06 - Acrobatics from New Wave's Daisuke Miyakawa against Osumi NIFS

Acrobatics from New Wave's Daisuke Miyakawa against Osumi NIFS

Sun 04 Jun: Kaiho Bank SC 1-2 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki
Sun 04 Jun: New Wave Kitakyushu 1-0 Osumi NIFS United
Sun 04 Jun: V Varen Nagasaki 2-1 Nippon Steel Oita
Sun 04 Jun: Volca Kagoshima 2-0 Nanakuma Tombies

1 V Varen Nagasaki 22 (+16)
2 New Wave Kitakyushu 20 (+13)
3 Nippon Steel Oita 18 (+13)
4 Okinawa Kariyushi 15 (+8)
5 Volca Kagoshima 15 (+7)
6 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki 6 (-7)
7 Osumi NIFS United 6 (-12)
8 Kaiho Bank SC 4 (-12)
9 Nanakuma Tombies 2 (-26)
Chugoku League
It is hard now to imagine that at the start of the season, Hiroshima Fujita SC were held up as one of the possible winners of the Chugoku League. For the fall among the also-rans is now complete, following a 7-0 humiliation at leaders Fagiano Okayama, which sees one of the best-established clubs in the region move below Renofa Yamaguchi and even JFE Steel, who drew in one of the other Chugoku League fixtures on Sunday. Ex-Alouette Kumamoto striker Tsuyoshi Yoshigai was on target four times for a rampant Fagiano. There were no shocks to be had elsewhere, as the championship battle is now a three-horse race between Fagiano and Sagawa Kyubin Chugoku - 7-0 winners, too, against Hitachi Manufacturing Kasado - and FC Central Chugoku, who were being held 2-2 at half-time by Iwami SC but brushed aside their Shimane prefecture rivals in the second half to emerge with a 6-2 victory. Fagiano's current lead in the standings would appear at first glance clear-cut, but Sagawa have one game in hand and FC Central two.

04 Jun 06 - 3061 fans see Fagiano Okayama thrash Hiroshima Fujita SC

3061 fans see Fagiano Okayama thrash Hiroshima Fujita SC

Sun 04 Jun: Fagiano Okayama 7-0 Hiroshima Fujita SC
Sun 04 Jun: Iwami SC 2-6 FC Central Chugoku
Sun 04 Jun: JFE Steel 2-2 Renofa Yamaguchi (PK 7-8)
Sun 04 Jun: Sagawa Kyubin Chugoku 7-0 Hitachi Manufacturing Kasado

1 Fagiano Okayama 15 (+21)
2 Sagawa Kyubin Chugoku 13 (+13)
3 FC Central Chugoku 10 (+10)
4 Renofa Yamaguchi 8 (-8)
5 JFE Steel 6 (-3)
6 Hiroshima Fujita SC 6 (-6)
7 Iwami SC 3 (-14)
8 Hitachi Manufacturing Kasado 2 (-13)
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