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Kansai League Division 1
The Kansai League Division 1 season for 2007 reached the halfway point with a full set of fixtures on Saturday - and the clash that all local fans had been looking forward to seeing. Reigning champions Banditonce Kobe took on league leaders FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu and a goal in each half not only gave Banditonce a 2-0 win but also put them back on top of the table on goal difference, a position they have not occupied since their shock home defeat to Ain Food in round 3.

Two points behind, Ain Food themselves remain the only team in touch with the frontrunners after they narrowly defeated Sanyo Electric Sumoto. The other two games were a mid-table encounter that saw AS Laranja Kyoto get the better of their neighbours FC Kyoto 1993; and a draw between likely relegation candidates Kobe FC 1970 and FC Glaspo Kashiwara, which in all likelihood probably helps neither of them.

Sat 26 May: Ain Food 1-0 Sanyo Electric Sumoto
Sat 26 May: AS Laranja Kyoto 2-1 FC Kyoto 1993
Sat 26 May: Banditonce Kobe 2-0 FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu
Sat 26 May: Kobe FC 1970 1-1 FC Glaspo Kashiwara

1. Banditonce Kobe 18 (+24)
2. FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu 18 (+23)
3. Ain Food 16 (+3)
4. FC Kyoto 1993 9 (-4)
5. AS Laranja Kyoto 9 (-8)
6. Sanyo Electric Sumoto 6 (-12)
7. Kobe FC 1970 4 (-12)
8. FC Glaspo Kashiwara 2 (-14)

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