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Regional League Championship Winners' Play-off Results
And now the last pairing of matches on Sunday...

Final Stage

Fagiano Okayama 1-1 TDK Akita (TDK won 4-3 on pens)
V Varen Nagasaki 1-2 FC Gifu

A second penalty shoot-out win in the Final Stage for TDK Akita means that the surprise outfit from Tohoku finished top of the group and eliminated opponents Fagiano Okayama in Oita on Sunday. TDK took a first-half lead to put themselves in the driving seat against the Chugoku Leaguers and, despite conceding an equaliser after the break, held their nerve to take two points from the subsequent spot-kick tornament. In the second game later on, an injury-time goal from striker Tomoki Ikemoto gave FC Gifu a narrow win over a very disappointing V Varen Nagasaki to confirm the fancied Tokai League side's second-place finish at the expense of Fagiano.

03 Dec 06 - Gifu line up before their crunch match with Nagasaki

Gifu line up before their crunch match with Nagasaki

1. TDK Akita 7 (+1)
2. FC Gifu 6 (+2)
3. Fagiano Okayama 4 (-)
4. V Varen Nagasaki 1 (-3)

All of which means that TDK Akita are promoted directly to the JFL, while FC Gifu take on JFL bottom-place side Honda Lock in a promotion / relegation play-off over two legs on 17 and 24 December. Fagiano and V Varen simply revert to their own Regional Leagues for 2007, when the Tohoku, Tokai and Chugoku competitions will receive an allocation of two places in the Regional League Championship Winners' Play-off.

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