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JFL - Round 33 (Saturday)
Just one fixture on Saturday in the JFL after a full programme on holiday Thursday - but Sagawa Kyubin Osaka took full advantage to crush lowly Ryutsu Keizai University and move within a couple of points of second-placed rivals Sagawa Kyubin Tokyo. The result also guarantees that the Ibaraki-based students will finish in the league's bottom three.

Sat 25 Nov: Ryutsu Keizai University 2-5 Sagawa Kyubin Osaka

1 Honda FC 77 (+37)
2 Sagawa Kyubin Tokyo 71 (+55)
3 Sagawa Kyubin Osaka 69 (+38)
4 YKK AP 63 (+33)
5 Rosso Kumamoto 63 (+25)
6 Alo's Hokuriku 56 (+24)
7 Tochigi SC 56 (+14)
8 Yokogawa Musashino 54 (+17)
9 Sony Sendai 37 (-13)
10 JEF Club 35 (-12)
11 Arte Takasaki 35 (-26)
12 SC Tottori 32 (-2)
13 FC Kariya 31 (-16)
14 Sagawa Printing 29 (-26)
15 FC Ryukyu 28 (-22)
16 Ryutsu Keizai University 25 (-37)
17 Mitsubishi Mizushima 24 (-43)
18 Honda Lock 21 (-46)

Regional League Championship Winners' Play-off Results
Saturday's scores from the Regional League Championship Winners' Play-offs, as the First Round groups take shape...

Group A

Banditonce Kobe 3-0 Norbritz Hokkaido

Three second-half goals from the Kansai League champions Banditonce Kobe have given them a glimmer of a hope as far as qualification for the Final Stage is concerned. But for this to take place, today's opponents Norbritz Hokkaido must achieve exactly the right result in the last of the First Round games on Sunday against leaders Fagiano Okayama.

1. Fagiano Okayama 3 (+2)
2. Banditonce Kobe 3 (+1)
3. Norbritz Hokkaido 0 (-3)

25 Nov 06 - Shigeru Morioka, scorer of Banditonce Kobe’s opening goal

Shigeru Morioka, scorer of Banditonce Kobe’s opening goal

Group B

Japan Soccer College 1-4 V Varen Nagasaki

A comfortable win for favourites V Varen Nagasaki leaves them needing only a draw in tomorrow's match against Luminozo Sayama to make sure of their place in the Final Stage.

1. V Varen Nagasaki 3 (+3)
2. Japan Soccer College 3 (+2)
3. Luminozo Sayama 0 (-5)

Group C

Shizuoka FC 3-4 FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu
FC Gifu 2-0 Kamatamare Sanuki

Group C is proving the real nailbiter of this year's competition, as fancied side FC Gifu will have to go about it the hard way if they are to qualify for the Final Stage. Having beaten deadly rivals Shizuoka FC on Friday, a goal in each half took them past minnows Kamatamare Sanuki - only to discover that FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu had also battled past Shizuoka to stand atop the table on goal difference. Gifu must therefore beat FC Mi-o in tomorrow's showdown to maintain their challenge for a place in the JFL.

1. FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu 6 (+7)
2. FC Gifu 6 (+3)
3. Shizuoka FC 0 (-2)
4. Kamatamare Sanuki 0 (-8)

26 Nov 06 - Haruno Track & Field Park, Kochi - Group C venue

Haruno Track & Field Park, Kochi - Group C venue

Group D

Nippon Steel Oita 1-3 YSCC

1. YSCC 3 (+2)
2. Nippon Steel Oita 2 (-2)
3. TDK Akita 1 (-)

The most open First Round section is proving to be Group D, in which Nippon Steel Oita could have confirmed their qualification for the Final Stage by beating Kanto side YSCC. But a two-goal deficit at the interval was too much for Nippon Steel to pull back and so TDK Akita still remain in the hunt - indeed, they will win the group if they are able to beat YSCC on Sunday.

25 Nov 06 - Preparing for their match with YSCC, it’s mighty Nippon Steel Oita

Preparing for their match with YSCC, it’s mighty Nippon Steel Oita

26 Nov 06 - ... and here’s YSCC

... and here’s YSCC
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