Two games will be played outside of the normal schedule in the Challenge League, both featuring Tokiwagi Gakuen.
Nittaidai Football Club Ladies 1 - 1 Tokiwagi Gakuen High School
Tokiwagi Gakuen travelled south without their three Under-17 World Cup players Ito, Shiraki and Nishikawa, but their only change was to bring in Kawasaki for Horii. Nittaidai made several changes from their last game in July, bringing back top scorer Uemura, along with Yamagata, Nagashima and Ishii.
In terms of posession and chances, Nittaidai were the dominant team with Uemura as expected leading the line well. After a scoreless first half, Tokiwagi took the lead in the 52nd minute with a penalty from Hirata. Eight minutes later Nittaidai equalised with their own penalty, converted by Shimada, to bring her total this season to seven.
Nittaidai and Tokiwagi stay third and fifth respectively, and Tokiwagi can close the gap between themselves and Setagaya if they beat the Tokyo club next Sunday evening. Nittaidai's next game is away to promotion chasing Takahashi in two weeks' time.
Nittaidai Football Club Ladies:
Yamamoto Arisa, Sakurai Mayuka, Yamagata Hisami, Nagashima Hikari, Fujisawa Marin, Oguri Mao, Kitano Rie, Takashima Ruriko (capt), Ishii Chiharu, Shimada Chiaki, Uemura Shoko
Subs: Sato Minami (Uemura Shoko, 64 mins), Abe Rie (Ishii Chiharu, 71 mins), Kudo Asami (Shimada Chiaki, 80 mins)
Unused subs: Kamimura Aya, Togashi Kaori
Scorers: Shimada Chiaki (69 mins (pen) )
Booked: Sakurai Mayuka
Tokiwagi Gakuen High School:
Hayashizaki Mei, Takamura Chisato, Okamori Kasane (capt), Okakura Mika, Kosuda Rina, Hirata Miki, Sugihara Haruna, Matsuura Nagisa, Sasaki Miwa, Kawasaki Saya, Michigami Ayaka
Subs: Yagami Yuriya (Kosuda Rina, 83 mins), Horii Mizuki (Sugihara Haruna, 83 mins), Hirakuni Mizuki (Sasaki Miwa, 83 mins)
Unused subs: Ishimori Yui, Komori Aoi
Scorers: Hirata Miki (52 mins (pen) )
Tokiwagi Gakuen High School 1 - 3 Sfida Setagaya FC
Sfida Setagaya kept their slim hopes of a playoff place alive with a 3-1 win in Matsushima over Tokiwagi Gakuen. Michigami Ayaka had given Tokiwagi the lead in the thirteenth minute before Tanaka Mariko equalised just three minutes later. Tanaka Marina gave Setagaya the lead with a powerful shot through twenty players from a well-worked free kick and midway through the second half Sasago Masae scored only her second of the season following confusion between goalkeeper and defenders in the Tokiwagi goalmouth.
Setagaya must now hope that Nittaidai can get a result against Takahashi next weekend, as a win for Takahashi will see them cement their place in the top two, ahead of their visit to Setagaya. Tokiwagi next play the JFA Academy on the same day, the 21st of October.
Tokiwagi Gakuen High School:
Hayashizaki Mei, Takamura Chisato, Hirata Miki, Okakura Mika, Kosuda Rina, Yagami Yuriya, Sugihara Haruna, Komori Aoi, Sasaki Miwa, Kawasaki Saya, Michigami Ayaka (capt)
Subs: Matsukubo Akari (Yagami Yuriya, HT), Hirakuni Mizuki (Komori Aoi, 60 mins), Mitsuhashi Asuka (Sasaki Miwa, 77 mins)
Unused subs: Ishimori Yui, Kakinoki Runa
Scorers: Michigami Ayaka (13 mins)
Sfida Setagaya FC:
Kawaguchi Mana, Fukuhara Nao, Kawashima Tamai, Tanaka Marina, Okada Ayame, Oshima Sayuri, Tanaka Mariko, Minemoto Chizuru, Nagasawa Yume, Mori Hitomi, Sasago Masae
Subs: Ishibuchi Yuki (Minemoto Chizuru, 65 mins), Usuda Haruka (Oshima Sayuri, 75 mins), Kurokawa Hikari (Kawashima Tamai, 82 mins), Uchiyama Tomoka (Nagasawa Yume, 89 mins), Muramatsu Yuki (Kawaguchi Mana, 90 mins)
Scorers: Tanaka Mariko (16 mins), Tanaka Marina (25 mins), Sasago Masae (67 mins)