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JFL Weekend Scores
The gap between the JFL's top three teams and the rest now stands at eight points after round 13, with Sagawa Kyubin SC, FC Gifu and Rosso Kumamoto all notching up narrow wins to keep themselves well in front of the chasing pack. Leaders Sagawa were 2-0 up after only three minutes of their game with Yokogawa Musashino, but it was Sho Gokyu's 83rd-minute effort that was eventually to prove decisive for the new club based in Shiga, despite Yokogawa's two late goals.

Gifu meanwhile made it three 1-0 scorelines in a row, former Vissel Kobe midfielder Hiromi Kojima's single strike on the hour mark proving enough to take them past FC Kariya. And Rosso bounced back from their defeat to Gifu last weekend, coming from behind with two second half goals to win a tricky-looking fixture at YKK AP 2-1. Almost inevitably, Yutaka Takahashi was on target with his thirteenth goal of the season for Rosso.

27 May 07 - All quiet before RKU’s win over Arte Takasaki

All quiet before RKU’s win over Arte Takasaki

There has emerged a group of five or so second tier teams in the division, all capable of good results on their day but seemingly lacking the consistency of the genuine top clubs. Tochigi SC and Honda FC fall into this category and they played each other in Hamamatsu, Tochigi twice letting slip the lead as Ryosuke Horikiri - the 2006 JFL Rookie of the Year - grabbed a last-minute equaliser for Honda. Tochigi might have just two points from their last four matches, but they nevertheless move up into fourth place following the 2-2 draw.

Alo's Hokuriku are another side on the distant fringes of the title race and they too needed a late Kazuma Matsushita goal for a 2-2 draw at a TDK SC side who are giving an excellent account of themselves following their promotion from the Tohoku League. They are comfortably in mid-table, battling it out with the likes of JEF Reserves to try and claim a place in the top half of the league. The latest manifestation of JEF's consistent inconsistency, if it can be described like that, came in the form of scoring twice in the last five minutes for a 3-3 draw at lowly FC Ryukyu.

Indeed Ryukyu are now in the bottom three, where they are joined by Arte Takasaki and Sony Sendai. Arte score only their fourth goal of the season but still lost 3-1 at Ryutsu Keizai University to remain dead last; Sony, on the other hand, managed their first away win of the season at the expense of Mitsubishi Mizushima. In Saturday's single game, Sagawa Printing gained an excellent 2-1 win at Gainare Tottori to move away from the danger zone, the decisive goal coming 17 minutes before the end from striker Shintaro Hirai.

27 May 07 - All that energy, but Gainare still lose to Sagawa Printing

All that energy, but Gainare still lose to Sagawa Printing

Sat 26 May: Gainare Tottori 1-2 Sagawa Printing

Sun 27 May: FC Gifu 1-0 FC Kariya
Sun 27 May: FC Ryukyu 3-3 JEF Reserves
Sun 27 May: Honda FC 2-2 Tochigi SC
Sun 27 May: Mitsubishi Mizushima 0-1 Sony Sendai
Sun 27 May: Ryutsu Keizai University 3-1 Arte Takasaki
Sun 27 May: Sagawa Kyubin SC 4-3 Yokogawa Musashino
Sun 27 May: TDK SC 2-2 Alo's Hokuriku
Sun 27 May: YKK AP 1-2 Rosso Kumamoto

1. Sagawa Kyubin SC 34 (+24)
2. FC Gifu 32 (+12)
3. Rosso Kumamoto 30 (+14)
4. Tochigi SC 22 (+8)
5. Yokogawa Musashino 21 (+8)
6. YKK AP 21 (+6)
7. Honda FC 20 (+4)
8. Alo's Hokuriku 20 (-2)
9. JEF Reserves 18 (+1)
10. TDK SC 18 (-1)
11. Ryutsu Keizai University 16 (-2)
12. Gainare Tottori 14 (-4)
13. FC Kariya 13 (-5)
14. Mitsubishi Mizushima 13 (-5)
15. Sagawa Printing 13 (-9)
16. FC Ryukyu 10 (-13)
17. Sony Sendai 8 (-18)
18. Arte Takasaki 4 (-18)

27 May 07 - Close control between Alo’s Hokuriku and TDK

Close control between Alo’s Hokuriku and TDK

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