JEF United Ichihara Chiba Ladies 1 - 0 Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies
An early Fukusawa Risa goal was enough for JEF United to beat Urawa Reds and give them their first three points of the season, one which promises much for both sides.
JEF United Ichihara Chiba Ladies:
Erina, Ueno Saki, Sakuramoto Naoko (capt), Takahashi Sachie, Chino
Shoko, Ikadai Risa, Yanai Rina, Kitagawa Saki, Kawamura Yuri, Fukasawa
Risa, Ogawa Shiho
Subs: Hosokawa Motoyo (Kitagawa Saki, 61 mins), Kamogawa Miho (Ikadai Risa, 77 mins), Anzai Yuka (Kamogawa Miho, 90+1 mins)
Unused subs: Funada Mayu, Yamamoto Naomi
Scorers: Fukasawa Risa (12 mins)
Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies:
Ikeda Sakiko, Ishii Saki, Sakamoto Riho, Kohata Shiho, Saito Akane,
Shibata Hanae, Fujita Nozomi, Kishikawa Natsuki, Kato Chika, Yasuda
Yuki, Goto Michi (capt)
Subs: Kira Chinatsu (Kato Chika, HT)
Unused subs: Tajiri Yumi, Takeuchi Nozomi, Dozono Ayano, Kurishima Akari
FC Kibikokusaidaigaku Charme 1 - 1 Vegalta Sendai Ladies
The students of FC Kibikokusaidaigaku were suitably delighted to score their first goal and pick up their first point in their first Nadeshiko League campaign. Vegalta Sendai were making their second trip to Okayama in succession and were hopeful of returning with all three points. Yamamoto Marin gave the home side a dream start, scoring following a scramble caused by Nishikawa's thundering shot against the crossbar. In the second half Ito Minako scored a sensational goal to take a point back to Miyagi.
FC Kibikokusaidaigaku Charme:
Kiyo, Takeda Arisa, Imanishi Azusa, Muramatsu Mafuyu, Kamata Ran,
Shigemasa Kai, Sugita Ami (capt), Hamamoto Marin, Nishikawa Asuka,
Takahashi Chiho, Noma Fumika
Subs: Fukui Shihori (Noma Fumika, 69 mins), Adachi Eriko (Hamamoto Marin, 79 mins)
Unused subs: Isashi Kaede, Nakai Yuna, Yoshitake Manami
Scorers: Hamamoto Marin (4 mins)
Vegalta Sendai Ladies:
Misaki, Nakamura Mami, Shimokozuru Aya (capt), Takahashi Nana, Sasaki
Mayu, Yasumoto Sawako, Kakazu Asuka, Uetsuji Yumi, Takara Ryoko, Ono
Hitomi, Ito Minako
Subs: Inoue Ayaka (Kakazu Asuka, 57 mins), Sakai Yuki (Shimokozuru Aya, 64 mins), Koyama Kie (Ono Hitomi, 72 mins)
Unused subs: Saita Yuki, Ideue Asako
Scorers: Ito Minako (65 mins)
Iga FC Kunoichi 1 - 0 Okayama Yunogo Belle
A goal by Sonomura Nana right at the death gave Iga a huge win over last year's third-placed Belle, who are yet to pick up a point.
Iga FC Kunoichi:
Kuno Fubuki, Miyasako
Tamami, Ono Suzuka, Sato Ai, Yamaguchi Ayako, Nasu Maiko (capt), Haji
Madoka, Kobayashi Makiko, Tsutsumi Saki, Matsunaga Yoshie, Nakade Hikari
Subs: Sakaguchi Sakie (Tsutsumi Saki, HT), Noichi Aya (Haji Madoka, 79 mins), Sonomura Nana (Matsunaga Yoshie, 86 mins)
Unused subs: Michikura Hiroko, Kiyohara Marie
Scorers: Sonomura Nana (90+3 mins)
Booked: Kobayashi Makiko
Okayama Yunogo Belle:
Miho (capt), Yasuda Kuniko, Kado Yuka, Miyazaki Yuka, Takahashi Haruka,
Mizushima Kumi, Nakano Manami, Miyama Aya, Yokoyama Kumi, Arimachi
Saori, Matsuoka Miki
Subs: Nakagawa Chihiro (Yokoyama Kumi, 77 mins)
Unused subs: Ikegaya Natsumi, Sakai Nozomi, Nagamachi Yuri, Fushiki Kaho
Booked: Arimachi Saori
Albirex Niigata Ladies 1 - 6 INAC Kobe Leonessa
Niigata made one change for the visit of INAC Kobe, with Yamazaki Marumi starting in place of Kodama Keiko while the visitors made two changes. Tanaka Yoko and Isokane Midori came in for Takase Megumi and Kai Junko. The weather in Niigata was cold and rainy making for miserable conditions for players and supporters alike.
After just two minutes Kamionobe had a tremendous chance to score for Niigata, having powered her way through the INAC defence, but her shot was poor and it went wide off the right hand post. The home side continued to have the best of the opening exchanges and Oishi Sayaka had a difficult chance which went wide. On nine minutes Niigata had the ball in the net but it was ruled offside. All of the early signs were that Niigata had the ability to beat INAC if they maintained their good start.
INAC Kobe had their first chance on 14 minutes when Ji So Yun hit the crossbar with a free kick from just outside the area, but so far the visitors were well below their usual standard.
In the twenty-fourth minute following a lull, Niigata once again pushed forward and from a lay-off by Oishi, Yamazaki Marumi scored a tremendous goal, finding the top right hand corner from outside the box, and it was no more than the home side deserved for their efforts.
INAC started to play better following this stinging goal and when Kawasumi found Goebel-Yanez in the box she swivelled and powerfully struck into the net past Ichitani to level things up on 32 minutes. That was only INAC's second shot in the game and they were somewhat fortunate to be on level terms. Another similar run down the right by Kawasumi a few minutes later also resulted in a chance for Goebel-Yanez, and most of INAC's good work was being done by this pair. INAC Kobe finished the half much stronger than they had initially and had exerted some sustained pressure on the Niigata defence, though both sides will have gone in to the break feeling that they could go on to win in the second half.
INAC took the lead in the opening minutes of the second half as Ji found Kawasumi on the right side of the area following a mistake by Oishi and the captain had no trouble sidefooting into the far side of the net to give the champions the lead. It only took another five minutes for INAC to have a third. This time it was Minamiyama and again it was from the right side that the danger came. Goebel-Yanez did very well to gain control of the ball in the box under pressure and her pass back to Minamiyama was finished off expertly. All of the early pressure that Niigata had been able to exert had more or less evaporated.
A pentrating run by Tanaka Yoko into the box following a short pass from Ji saw the young player bundled over and she herself stepped up to take the penalty which she calmly slotted into the side of the net. That game with just under half an hour to go and having started so well, Niigata were now looking a well-beaten team.
Minamiyama scored again on 68 minutes to make it 5-1 after she had put pressure on Sakaguchi and Goebel-Yanez was there to play the one-two with Minamiyama and having only scored once all last season, she now had two in one game.
Thereafter INAC Kobe were very comfortable, with their main problem being at the back, where Isokane was very unsure and was dispossessed easily more than once. Just as time was running out, substitute Michigami Ayaka scored her first goal in the Nadeshiko League having scored 30 last year in the Challenge League.
Albirex Niigata Ladies:
Ichitani Tomoko, Yamamoto Arina, Nakamura
Kaede, Kitahara Kana, Obara Yuria, Saeki Aya, Saito Yuri, Sakaguchi
Moeno, Kamionobe Megumi (capt), Yamazaki Marumi, Oishi Sayaka
Subs: Kodama Keiko (Sakaguchi Moeno, 70 mins), Hirai Sakina (Saeki Aya, 70 mins), Kubota Mayu (Oishi Sayaka, 82 mins)
Unused subs: Koganemaru Sachie, Takamura Chisato
Scorers: Yamazaki Marumi (24 mins)
Booked: Kitahara Kana
INAC Kobe Leonessa:
Ayumi, Nakajima Emi, Isokane Midori, Tanaka Asuna, Watanabe Ayaka, Ji
So Yun, Sawa Homare, Minamiyama Chiaki, Kawasumi Nahomi (capt), Beverly
Goebel-Yanez, Tanaka Yoko
Subs: Michigami Ayaka (Tanaka Yoko, 79 mins)
Unused subs: Takenaka Rei, Shimizu Akane, Imai Haruka, Nakada Ayu
Beverly Goebel-Yanez (32 mins), Kawasumi Nahomi (50 mins), Minamiyama
Chiaki (55, 68 mins), Tanaka Yoko (63 mins,pen), Michigami Ayaka (90+3
Speranza FC Osaka Takatsuki 1 - 3 NTV Beleza
Takatsuki were again beaten and for Beleza Momiki Yuka did the damage, scoring twice in the second half along with the considerably more experienced Sakaguchi as the visitors maintain their 100% start to the season.
Speranza FC Osaka Takatsuki:
Maya, Tsuboi Ayako, Hatanaka Miyuka, Okuda Akiko (capt), Akiba Yumeko,
Sato Kaede, Shimamura Yuko, Torao Naomi, Matsuda Nozomi, Kanjana
Sung-Ngoen, Maruyama Karina
Subs: Asano Miki (Hatanaka Miyuka, 66 mins), Pitsamai Sornsai (Kanjana
Sung-Ngoen, 68 mins), Hazuki Yuki (Shimamura Yuko, 71 mins)
Unused subs: Suzuki Risa, Honda Saki
Scorers: Hazuki Yuki (81 mins)
Booked: Akiba Yumeko
Soyama Kanako, Shimizu Risa, Iwashimizu Azusa (capt),
Sudo Akiko, Ariyoshi Saori, Hara Natsuko, Sumida Rin, Hasegawa Yui,
Tanaka Mina, Momiki Yuka, Kiryu Nanase
Subs: Nakasato Yu (Hara Natsuko, HT mins), Sakaguchi Mizuho (Kiryu Nanase, 80 mins)
Unused subs: Mochizuki Arisa, Doko Mayo, Kobayashi Miharu
Scorers: Momiki Yuka (46, 90+3 mins), Sakaguchi Mizuho (87 mins)