Japanese Non-league Football News

JFL - Sunday Scores
FC Gifu remain hot on the heels of early season JFL leaders Rosso Kumamoto, after their 3-1 win at Sony Sendai made it four wins out of four for last year's Tokai League winners. Mitsutoshi Watada, signed during the close season from Kansai League side Banditonce Kobe, scored two in the first half for his new side.

But the league table is unfolding more or less as expected, with Tochigi SC and Sagawa Kyubin SC next in line behind Gifu and Rosso. Tochigi scored twice in the last fifteen minutes to claim three points at Gainare Tottori, while Kento Hori managed a brace of his own for Sagawa at Sagawa Printing - who in turn slip to the bottom of the division with no points from their four outings.

31 Mar 07 - Alo’s Hokuriku’s Shota Kanno on the attack against Arte Takasaki

Alo’s Hokuriku’s Shota Kanno on the attack against Arte Takasaki

Mitsuru Hasegawa notched up his fifth of the year so far to help YKK AP to a 3-2 win in Okinawa against FC Ryukyu, and YKK's neighbours Alo's Hokuriku are still undefeated after a 0-0 draw at Arte Takasaki. But arguably the scoreline of the day occurred in Okayama, where Mitsubishi Mizushima conceded a Kosuke Iwase goal in the dying seconds to enable TDK SC to gain their first win since promotion.

01 Apr 07 - Action from the Mitsubishi Mizushima - TDK SC game

Action from the Mitsubishi Mizushima - TDK SC game

Sun 01 Apr: Arte Takasaki 0-0 Alo's Hokuriku
Sun 01 Apr: FC Ryukyu 2-3 YKK AP
Sun 01 Apr: Gainare Tottori 0-2 Tochigi SC
Sun 01 Apr: Mitsubishi Mizushima 0-1 TDK SC
Sun 01 Apr: Sagawa Printing 1-3 Sagawa Kyubin SC
Sun 01 Apr: Sony Sendai 1-3 FC Gifu

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

Kyushu League - Sunday Scores
Sensational goings-on to report from the second round of Kyushu League fixtures in Nagasaki on Sunday. 2006 champions V Varen Nagasaki crushed the 2006 bottom side, Kaiho Bank SC from Okinawa, 12-0 - with hat-tricks from both Ryota Arimitsu and Keisuke Shuto, and four goals from Masaki Iwamoto. Relegated former JFL-ers Honda Lock ran in eight without reply against newcomers Kumamoto Teachers and Nippon Steel Oita strolled to a 4-0 defeat of Nanakuma Tombies.

Humiliated by their loss yesterday at the hands of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki, Volca Kagoshima bounced back to thrash Osumi NIFS United 7-0. But the most remarkable result of the year so far has potentially dealt a hammer blow to New Wave Kitakyushu's hopes of taking the title, as Mitsubishi Nagasaki built on their win against Volca to claim a 1-0 victory over New Wave.

01 Apr 07 - Mitsubishi Nagasaki in red on their way to victory over New Wave

Mitsubishi Nagasaki in red on their way to victory over New Wave

Sun 01 Apr: Kaiho Bank SC 0-12 V Varen Nagasaki
Sun 01 Apr: Kumamoto Teachers 0-8 Honda Lock
Sun 01 Apr: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki 1-0 New Wave Kitakyushu
Sun 01 Apr: Nanakuma Tombies 0-4 Nippon Steel Oita
Sun 01 Apr: Osumi NIFS United 0-7 Volca Kagoshima

1. V Varen Nagasaki 6 (+13)
2. Nippon Steel Oita 6 (+6)
3. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki 6 (+2)
4. Honda Lock 3 (+8)
5. Volca Kagoshima 3 (+6)
6. New Wave Kitakyushu 3 (+3)
7. Okinawa Kariyushi 2 (-)
8. Osumi NIFS United 1 (-7)
9. Nanakuma Tombies 0 (-8)
10. Kumamoto Teachers 0 (-9)
11. Kaiho Bank SC 0 (-14)

01 Apr 07 - A tiny picture of V Varen Nagasaki’s Masaki Iwamoto

A tiny picture of V Varen Nagasaki’s Masaki Iwamoto
Kyushu League - Saturday Scores
Japan's Regional League season got underway on Saturday, with a full programme of games in the Kyushu League. The matches form part of a Kyushu weekend double header that traditionally kicks off the campaign in that part of the country. All the teams gathered together in Nagasaki and there will also be a five games on Sunday - including a first appearance of 2007 for Honda Lock, following their relegation back from the JFL.

Former Avispa Fukuoka man Ryota Arimitsu got 2006 champions V Varen Nagasaki off to a winning start, notching up the only goal of their game against promoted side Kumamoto Teachers. But the big winners of the day were ambitious New Wave Kitakyushu, for whom ex-J-League star Shinji Fujiyoshi was on target in a 5-1 defeat of Fukuoka students Nanakuma Tombies.

31 Mar 07 - Shinji Fujiyoshi, now of New Wave Kitakyushu

Shinji Fujiyoshi, now of New Wave Kitakyushu

Volca Kagoshima disastrously lost 2-1 to habitual strugglers Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki, while fellow Kagoshima-based outfit Osumi NIFS United missed out 5-4 on penalties, following a 2-2 draw with Okinawa Kariyushi. In the later kick-off game, last year's runners-up Nippon Steel Oita eased to a 3-1 win over 2006 wooden spooners Kaiho Bank SC.

Sat 31 Mar: New Wave Kitakyushu 5-1 Nanakuma Tombies
Sat 31 Mar: Nippon Steel Oita 3-1 Kaiho Bank SC
Sat 31 Mar: Okinawa Kariyushi 2-2 Osumi NIFS United (PK 5-4)
Sat 31 Mar: V Varen Nagasaki 1-0 Kumamoto Teachers
Sat 31 Mar: Volca Kagoshima 1-2 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki
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