Japanese Non-league Football News

Kansai League Division 2
Going straight to the top of the early season table in Division 2 of the Kansai League are newly-promoted student side Hannan University Club. After a 6-2 defeat last weekend of Kyoto Shiko Club, they beat fellow university team Riseisha FC 2-1 on Saturday to maintain their impressive start. But Takada FC, relegated from Division 1 at the end of 2006, are behind them only on goals scored following their 4-1 win over Kihoku Football Group.

Something of a shock is the fact that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Kobe have also managed two wins out of two, their second three-pointer being a single goal affair with Hermano Osaka. The fourth fixture of the round ended in a 1-1 draw, thus helping both Kohga School and Kyoto Shiko Club to get off the mark for the season.

22 Apr 07 - Riseisha fire in penalty against Hannan University

Riseisha fire in penalty against Hannan University

Sat 21 Apr: Hannan University Club 2-1 Riseisha FC

Sun 22 Apr: Kihoku Football Group 1-4 Takada FC
Sun 22 Apr: Kohga School 1-1 Kyoto Shiko Club
Sun 22 Apr: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Kobe 1-0 Herman Osaka

1. Hannan University 6 (+5)
2. Takada FC 6 (+5)
3. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Kobe 6 (+2)
4. Hermano Osaka 3 (-)
5. Kohga School 1 (-2)
6. Kyoto Shiko Club 1 (-4)
7. Riseisha FC 0 (-2)
8. Kihoku Football Group 0 (-4)

Kyushu League
The Kyushu League 2007 schedule is already up to round 5 and last season’s top two sides – V Varen Nagasaki and Nippon Steel Oita – have yet to drop a point between them as they make a bid for the second year running to move up to the JFL. But V Varen’s goal difference is already far superior and they knocked in another four without reply in their match against struggling Osumi NIFS United. Nippon Steel meanwhile rather scraped to a 2-1 win over Okinawa Kariyushi.

Honda Lock have a game in hand back in third place but easily saw off Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki – whose days of early season shock success seem to be well and truly behind them. And playing catch-up in fourth are New Wave Kitakyushu, 3-0 winners this time over an underachieving Volca Kagoshima side. Down at the bottom of the table, however, Kumamoto Teachers managed an excellent 2-1 win at Nanakuma Tombies to move away from the relegation zone.

22 Apr 07 - Half-time entertainment at Honda Lock

Half-time entertainment at Honda Lock

Sun 22 Apr: Honda Lock 4-0 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki
Sun 22 Apr: Nanakuma Tombies 1-2 Kumamoto Teachers
Sun 22 Apr: New Wave Kitakyushu 3-0 Volca Kagoshima
Sun 22 Apr: Nippon Steel Oita 2-1 Okinawa Kariyushi
Sun 22 Apr: V Varen Nagasaki 4-0 Osumi NIFS United

1. V Varen Nagasaki 15 (+28)
2. Nippon Steel Oita 15 (+13)
3. Honda Lock 12 (+19)
4. New Wave Kitakyushu 12 (+9)
5. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki 6 (-12)
6. Volca Kagoshima 5 (+3)
7. Okinawa Kariyushi 3 (-3)
8. Kumamoto Teachers 3 (-10)
9. Kaiho Bank SC 3 (-14)
10. Osumi NIFS United 1 (-13)
11. Nanakuma Tombies 0 (-20)
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