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JFL Weekend Results
There were draws in three of the key JFL fixtures over the weekend and a low level of goalscoring generally in round 14 of Japan's third tier. Leaders Sagawa Kyubin SC were trailing to a 56th-minute Yutaka Takahashi goal at Rosso Kumamoto in the game of the day, only for defender Takashi Kageyama to grab the equaliser nine minutes later. But second place FC Gifu were unable to capitalise, as they were held to a tie at YKK AP - and the same thing happened at Tochigi SC, where the hosts are without a win in five matches after their goalless encounter with TDK SC.

Yokogawa Musashino moved fourth thanks to their 1-0 win over Honda FC on Saturday - but the big climbers of the day were JEF Reserves, who finally made it in to the top half of the table after they beat FC Kariya 2-0, thanks to goals either side of half time from defender Yuya Torikai and forward Kim Dong Soo. JEF were assisted in their jump up the table not only by Honda's defeat but also that of Alo's Hokuriku, who surprisingly slumped to a 1-0 loss at home to Mitsubishi Mizushima, Shinpei Nakagawa getting the decisive goal.

Gainare Tottori beat FC Ryukyu 3-1 on Saturday with a hat-trick from new striker Keigo Kamada, but it was not until the following day and Sony Sendai's 2-0 win over Ryutsu Keizai University that the Okinawans finally fell into the bottom two places. Nevertheless, Arte Takasaki remain at the foot of the division after they threw away a rare 1-0 lead to lose to Sagawa Printing. Former Thespa Kusatsu midfielder Yohei Takasu had opened the scoring for Arte just before the break, only for Hiroaki Takahashi and Hirokazu Otsubo to steal the points for Sagawa.

02 Jun 07 - Flag-waving at Gainare Tottori

Flag-waving at Gainare Tottori

Sat 02 Jun: Gainare Tottori 3-1 FC Ryukyu
Sat 02 Jun: Yokogawa Musashino 1-0 Honda FC

Sun 03 Jun: Alo's Hokuriku 0-1 Mitsubishi Mizushima
Sun 03 Jun: Arte Takasaki 1-2 Sagawa Printing
Sun 03 Jun: JEF Reserves 2-0 FC Kariya
Sun 03 Jun: Rosso Kumamoto 1-1 Sagawa Kyubin SC
Sun 03 Jun: Sony Sendai 2-0 Ryutsu Keizai University
Sun 03 Jun: Tochigi SC 0-0 TDK SC
Sun 03 Jun: YKK AP 0-0 FC Gifu

1. Sagawa Kyubin SC 35 (+24)
2. FC Gifu 33 (+12)
3. Rosso Kumamoto 31 (+14)
4. Yokogawa Musashino 24 (+9)
5. Tochigi SC 23 (+8)
6. YKK AP 22 (+6)
7. JEF Reserves 21 (+3)
8. Honda FC 20 (+3)
9. Alo's Hokuriku 20 (-3)
10. TDK SC 19 (-1)
11. Gainare Tottori 17 (-2)
12. Ryutsu Keizai University 16 (-4)
13. Mitsubishi Mizushima 16 (-4)
14. Sagawa Printing 16 (-8)
15. FC Kariya 13 (-7)
16. Sony Sendai 11 (-16)
17. FC Ryukyu 10 (-15)
18. Arte Takasaki 4 (-19)

03 Jun 07 - It’s JEF Reserves forward Kim Ding Soo

It’s JEF Reserves forward Kim Ding Soo

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