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JFL Round 2 Sunday Games
If the JFL got off to a good start last weekend, with the imaginative double-header at Toyama Stadium featuring both YKK AP and Alo's Hokuriku - plus of course title favourites' Tochigi SC's 3-2 win over newcomers FC Ryukyu in front of a huge crowd - the Round 2 fixtures on Sunday were more a case of lighting a blue touchpaper and retiring as quickly as possible. At the top of the fledgling table now are Sagawa Kyubin Tokyo, who took advantage of an error-strewn home performance from FC Kariya to crash in six goals without reply, no fewer than four coming from ex-Yokohama FC man Tetsuya Okubo.

27 Mar 06 - FC Kariya prepare to have the smiles wiped off their faces

FC Kariya prepare to have the smiles wiped off their faces

Level with Sagawa Tokyo with two wins out of two are the aforementioned YKK AP and Alo's, who both obtained excellent away wins at league newcomers JEF Club and FC Ryukyu respectively, more than 2000 people witnessing the Okinawan club's JFL home debut. The other new team, Rosso Kumamoto, gained a narrow win over Sagawa Kyubin Osaka, the only goal of the game being a cracking long-range effort from Masahiko Kumagai.

Also maintaining a 100% record at this early stage of the season were Tochigi SC, 2-1 winners at poor Mitsubishi Mizushima. The Okayama-based club have a nightmarishly difficult fixture list just at the moment and when Kotaro Takamatsu equalised against Tochigi with only eight minutes to go, their fans thought they were on the way to a much-needed point after having been subjected to real mauling last week against Honda FC. But almost immediately, striker Tomohiro Sano grabbed a winner for Tochigi - and it looks like being another very difficult year for Mizushima.

27 Mar 06 - Yuichi Sone gets in a shot for Mitsubishi Mizushima

Yuichi Sone gets in a shot for Mitsubishi Mizushima against Tochigi SC

Game of the day, however, was down in Miyazaki, where locals Honda Lock were 3-0 down at half-time against their parent company team Honda FC. All looked dead and buried for last season's strugglers Lock, but astonishingly after just twenty minutes of the second period they were 4-3 ahead, with goals from Yushi Asada (2), Norita Ochiai and Hiroki Hidaka. Honda's quality paid off in the end, though, and three more goals in the last sixteen minutes - including two for marksman Junya Nitta - claimed a remarkable 6-4 win.

27 Mar 06 - Junya Nitta receives the congratulations of his Honda FC team-mates

Junya Nitta receives the congratulations of his Honda FC team-mates

FC Kariya 0-6 Sagawa Kyubin Tokyo
FC Ryukyu 2-4 Alo's Hokuriku
Honda Lock 4-6 Honda FC
JEF Club 0-3 YKK AP
Mitsubishi Mizushima 1-2 Tochigi SC
Rosso Kumamoto 1-0 Sagawa Kyubin Osaka
SC Tottori 1-1 Arte Takasaki
Sagawa Printing 1-1 Yokogawa Musashino

Sagawa Kyubin Tokyo 6 (+8)
YKK AP 6 (+5)
Honda FC 6 (+4)
Alo's Hokuriku 6 (+3)
Tochigi SC 6 (+2)
Arte Takasaki 4 (+2)
Yokogawa Musashino 4 (+2)
Sagawa Kyubin Osaka 3 (+2)
Ryutsu Keizai University 3 (+1)
Rosso Kumamoto 3 (-1)
SC Tottori 1 (-2)
Sagawa Printing 1 (-3)
Sony Sendai 1 (-3)
FC Kariya 1 (-6)
FC Ryukyu 0 (-3)
Mitsubishi Mizushima 0 (-3)
Honda Lock 0 (-4)
JEF Club 0 (-4)
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