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JFL Weekend Scores
Tokai League 2006 champions FC Gifu hit top spot in the JFL after the round 7 fixtures over the weekend - and the Greens have a two-point advantage over their nearest rivals. Forwards Atsushi Katagiri and new signing Jorginho were both on target in a 3-0 win over Ryutsu Keizai University, while erstwhile leaders Tochigi SC needed a late Yoshiteru Yamashita effort to rescue a point from a 1-1 draw at home to Alo's Hokuriku.

But in second spot on goal difference now are Yokogawa Musashino, whose excellent start to the season continued on Saturday as they thrashed Sony Sendai 5-0 with a brace from Koji Murayama. The other Saturday fixture was at Sagawa Kyubin SC, who became the latest in a growing list of top sides to be held by improving JEF Reserves. Masayuki Okamura, Sagawa's ex-Montedio Yamagata captain, gave his side the lead on the quarter hour, only for JEF to level things up just before half time.

22 Apr 07 - Mitsubishi Mizushima line up with Sagawa Printing

Mitsubishi Mizushima line up with Sagawa Printing

Rosso Kumamoto are now back moving in the right direction after consecutive defeats, Yutaka Takahashi's 52nd-minute goal proving enough to see off lowly Arte Takasaki. The result of the round, however, was undoubtedly at Honda FC, where last year's championship winners were beaten by an FC Kariya team who had thus far failed to pick up so much as a single point in 2007. Experienced former Nagoya Grampus 8 man Hideyoshi Akita was Kariya's hero, with two goals in a sensational 3-1 triumph.

All the other three matches ended in draws, YKK AP surprisingly let slip an advantage to finish 1-1 at home to Gainare Tottori from along the Japan Sea coast. Daisuke Machinaka's 87th minute goal grabbed a potentially vital point for Sagawa Printing at Mitsubishi Mizushima and TDK SC twice going in front only to be pegged back by FC Ryukyu in the JFL's longest away trip.

22 Apr 07 - FC Gifu go for goal against RKU

FC Gifu go for goal against a panicky RKU

Sat 21 Apr: Sagawa Kyubin SC 1-1 JEF Reserves
Sat 21 Apr: Yokogawa Musashino 5-0 Sony Sendai

Sun 22 Apr: FC Gifu 3-0 Ryutsu Keizai University
Sun 22 Apr: Honda FC 1-3 FC Kariya
Sun 22 Apr: Mitsubishi Mizushima 1-1 Sagawa Printing
Sun 22 Apr: Rosso Kumamoto 1-0 Arte Takasaki
Sun 22 Apr: TDK SC 2-2 FC Ryukyu
Sun 22 Apr: Tochigi SC 1-1 Alo's Hokuriku
Sun 22 Apr: YKK AP 1-1 Gainare Tottori

1. FC Gifu 19 (+10)
2. Yokogawa Musashino 17 (+11)
3. Tochigi SC 17 (+10)
4. Sagawa Kyubin SC 16 (+12)
5. Rosso Kumamoto 15 (+7)
6. YKK AP 14 (+4)
7. Alo's Hokuriku 13 (+3)
8. Honda FC 10 (+2)
9. JEF Reserves 10 (+1)
10. TDK SC 7 (-3)
11. Mitsubishi Mizushima 7 (-4)
12. Gainare Tottori 6 (-3)
13. FC Ryukyu 5 (-11)
14. Ryutsu Keizai University 4 (-7)
15. Sagawa Printing 4 (-8)
16. Sony Sendai 4 (-8)
17. Arte Takasaki 4 (-9)
18. FC Kariya 3 (-7)

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