Japanese Non-league Football News

JFL - Round 29
Due to the continued participation in the Emperor's Cup of YKK AP and Tochigi SC, there were a couple of postponements that prevented Sunday's list of JFL fixtures from being complete - but the action continued at both end of the league table. Frontrunners Honda FC surely have one hand on the title trophy now after securing three more points in a dramatic match at SC Tottori. Trailing 3-1 with only twelve minutes remaining, the home side must have thought they had done enough to secure a draw as goals from top scorer Hideki Uchiyama and Kohei Masumoto pulled them back on to level terms - but Daiju Kawashima popped up three minutes from time to seal a victory for the champions-elect. Hot on their heels, though, are still Sagawa Kyubin Tokyo, for whom Hideki Takeya scored a brace in a 3-1 win at Sagawa Printing.

Taking advantage of YKK's postponed game were Rosso Kumamoto and Sagawa Kyubin Osaka, who moved third and fourth respectively thanks to vital wins. Sagawa ran in all of their five goals against Sony Sendai in the final half-hour, while Daisuke Yano's 78th-minute strike proved to be the final score of the day as Rosso overcame neighbours and rivals FC Ryukyu 2-1. After their last two fixtures have yielded only a single point, it could be that this is a victory that gets Rosso's promotion push back on track, although they remain three points behind Sagawa Tokyo.

Conceding Yano's goal was nevertheless disastrous news for Ryukyu, who now find themselves out of the bottom two only on goal difference from Mitsubishi Mizushima, as the Okayama side notched a late Kentaro Takamatsu equaliser to grab a point at home to JEF Club. With Honda Lock and Ryutsu Keizai University's matches being called off, FC Kariya moved away from the foot of the division thanks to a 1-0 win over Alo's Hokuriku. But Arte Takasaki pulled off argubaly the result of the day, bouncing back from last week's humiliation at home to Mitsubishi as they travelled to Yokogawa Musashino and beat the Tokyo side 2-1, thereby recording their first victory since June.

05 Nov 06 - Oh dear oh dear oh dear. Rosso Kumamoto’s Daisuke Yano

Oh dear oh dear oh dear. Rosso Kumamoto’s Daisuke Yano

Sun 05 Nov: FC Kariya 1-0 Alo's Hokuriku
Sun 05 Nov: FC Ryukyu 1-2 Rosso Kumamoto
Sun 05 Nov: Mitsubishi Mizushima 1-1 JEF Club
Sun 05 Nov: Sagawa Kyubin Osaka 5-0 Sony Sendai
Sun 05 Nov: Sagawa Printing 1-3 Sagawa Kyubin Tokyo
Sun 05 Nov: SC Tottori 3-4 Honda FC
Sun 05 Nov: Yokogawa Musashino 1-2 Arte Takasaki

1 Honda FC 68 (+31)
2 Sagawa Kyubin Tokyo 62 (+42)
3 Rosso Kumamoto 59 (+25)
4 Sagawa Kyubin Osaka 57 (+31)
5 YKK AP 56 (+30)
6 Yokogawa Musashino 50 (+16)
7 Alo's Hokuriku 47 (+19)
8 Tochigi SC 46 (+11)
9 Sony Sendai 36 (-11)
10 JEF Club 32 (-12)
11 FC Kariya 30 (-14)
12 SC Tottori 29 (+1)
13 Arte Takasaki 29 (-28)
14 Sagawa Printing 28 (-22)
15 Ryutsu Keizai University 25 (-20)
16 FC Ryukyu 24 (-19)
17 Mitsubishi Mizushima 24 (-36)
18 Honda Lock 18 (-42)

05 Nov 06 - Mitsubishi Mizushima host JEF Club. Lovely and sunny there, isn’t it

Mitsubishi Mizushima host JEF Club. Lovely and sunny there, isn’t it

Emperor's Cup Fourth Round
Ties played Sat 04 Nov.

Urawa Reds 5-0 Shizuoka FC
Avispa Fukuoka 1-1 Kyoto Purple Sanga (PK 4-3)
Jubilo Iwata 1-1 Kashiwa Reysol (PK 9-8)
Gamba Osaka 2-1 Shonan Bellmare
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3-0 Cerezo Osaka
Kawasaki Frontale 3-0 Sagan Tosu
Albirex Niigata 2-0 Tokushima Vortis

04 Nov 06 - Urawa’s Tatsuya Tanaka celebrates a goal against Shizuoka FC

Urawa’s Tatsuya Tanaka celebrates a goal against Shizuoka FC
Regional League Transfer News
New Wave Kitakyushu's experienced former Albirex Niigata and Ventforet Kofu midfielder Jun Mizukoshi has joined Tohoku League champions TDK Akita on loan until the end of the year.

04 Nov 06 - Jun Mizukoshi enjoys a good laugh

Jun Mizukoshi enjoys a good laugh
Norbritz (Un)friendly Result
Hokkaido League title holders and Regional League Championship Winners' Play-off participants Norbritz Hokkaido suffered a major setback in their preparations for the Play-offs at the end of this month when they played a friendly on Saturday against near neighbours Consadole Sapporo. The match was played over three periods of 45 minutes and ended up as an 11-2 massacre of the non-leaguers - surely a hammer blow to their confidence ahead of vital clashes against Fagiano Okayama and group favourites Banditonce Kobe.

04 Nov 06 - Norbritz Hokkaido in blue get a stuffing from Consadole

Norbritz Hokkaido in blue get a stuffing from Consadole
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