JEF United's good start to the season has faltered and with their latest defeat by Iga have now not won in five games. In contrast, the Kunoichi have now won three in succession and find themselves in fourth position.
Two goals a few minutes either side of half-time decided the contest, Kiyohara and Nasu both scoring their first of the season, and with JEF United making no impression on the visitors' goal, Sawada Norimi had a relatively comfortable time in goal.
Iga now look to consolidate their good position heading into the summer. A win over Urawa will see them jump to at least third, with second a less likely outcome. JEF United host Niigata who are now one point ahead of them in sixth.
JEF United Ichihara Chiba Ladies:
Funada Mayu, Ueno Saki, Sakuramoto Naoko (capt), Takahashi Sachie, Hosokawa Motoyo, Chino Shoko, Ikadai Risa, Yanai Rina, Kawamura Mari, Kawamura Yuri, Fukasawa Risa
Subs: Ogawa Shiho (Ikadai Risa, 42 mins), Sugasawa Yuika (Hosokawa Motoyo, 57 mins), Anzai Yuka (Yanai Rina, 74 mins)
Unused subs: Yamane Erina, Yamamoto Naomi
Booked: Kawamura Yuri
Iga FC Kunoichi:
Sawada Norimi, Miyasako Tamami, Ono Suzuka, Michikura Hiroko, Kiyohara Marie, Nasu Maiko (capt), Matsunaga Tomoe, Kobayashi Makiko, Tsutsumi Saki, Noichi Aya, Nakade Hikari
Subs: Sakumoto Fumika (Tsutsumi Saki, 81 mins), Sakaguchi Sakie (Kobayashi Makiko, 86 mins)
Unused subs: Sato Ai, Haji Madoka, Matsunaga Yoshie
Scorers: Kiyohara Marie (44 mins), Nasu Maiko (49 mins)
FC Kibikokusaidaigaku Charme 2 - 4 Okayama Yunogo Belle
FC Kibi's largest ever crowd saw the home side make a dream start in the first Okayama derby as Nishikawa Asuka scored her first goal of the season in the sixth minute. The students were not able to add to this goal and in the second half Belle came back strongly, with Matsuoka Miki scoring twice in three minutes to swing the game around. Kado Yuka and Arimachi Saori made it 4-1 with seven minutes remaining. Direct from the kickoff following the fourth goal a nasty clash of heads between Nishikawa and Kado left both hospitalised. Takahashi Chiho scored a consolation goal just on the final whistle.
Kibi next host INAC Kobe in their toughest challenge yet; Belle can continue their upward movement with a win over bottom side Takatsuki.
FC Kibikokusaidaigaku Charme:
Morimoto Kiyo, Takeda Arisa, Imanishi Azusa, Muramatsu Mafuyu, Kamata Ran, Sugita Ami (capt), Shigemasa Kai, Hamamoto Marin, Nishikawa Asuka, Noma Fumika, Komatsu Mina
Subs: Adachi Eriko (Komatsu Mina, 54 mins), Takahashi Chiho (Noma Fumika, 54 mins), Kadota Rui (Imanishi Azusa, 82 mins)
Unused subs: Yamamoto Ayaka, Watanabe Kazumi
Scorers: Nishikawa Asuka (6 mins), Takahashi Chiho (90 mins)
Okayama Yunogo Belle:
Fukumoto Miho (capt), Yasuda Kuniko, Kado Yuka, Miyazaki Yuka, Mizushima Kumi, Takahashi Haruka, Nakano Manami, Miyama Aya, Yokoyama Kumi, Arimachi Saori, Matsuoka Miki
Subs: Tsuhako Yumiko (Mizushima Kumi, 35 mins), Fushiki Kaho (Yokoyama Kumi, 80 mins), Sakai Nozomi (Kado Yuka, 86 mins)
Unused subs: Ikegaya Natsumi, Yamaguchi Mami
Scorers: Matsuoka Miki (49, 51 mins), Kado Yuka (67 mins), Arimachi Saori (83 mins)
Vegalta Sendai Ladies 1 - 1 Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies
Vegalta Sendai had a great start in Rifu as Ono Hitomi acrobatically scored to give them a 1-0 half time lead. Kira Chinatsu equalised for the hitherto struggling Urawa having just come on as a replacement for Kato Chika. Vegalta next travel north to play Beleza in Akita, Urawa look for more improvement away to Iga.
|Ikeda Sakiko has been ever present in goal for Urawa since the departure of Yamago Nozomi|
|Takeyama Yuko appeared in her first game of the season|
|Ono Hitomi acrobatically scores for Vegalta Sendai in the first half|
|Yasuda Yuki missed from close range when it appeared certain that she would score|
|18-year-old Kurishima Akari made her sixth appearance this season|
|Wada Naoko tries to sprint away from Ito Minako|
|Substitute Kira Chinatsu (obscured by Yasuda) heads in Fujita's corner to rescue a point for Urawa|
|Shibata Hanae with Takara Ryoko|
|Yasumoto Sawako looks to head towards goal|
|Shibata takes the ball forward with Yasumoto in hot pursuit|
Vegalta Sendai Ladies:
Amano Misaki, Sakai Yuki, Shimokozuru Aya (capt), Osafune Kana, Sasaki Mayu, Yasumoto Sawako, Takara Ryoko, Uetsuji Yumi, Kakazu Asuka, Ito Minako, Ono Hitomi
Subs: Inoue Ayaka (Ono Hitomi, 69 mins), Yamamoto Risa (Kakazu Asuka, 84 mins)
Unused subs: Saita Yuki, Narumiya Yui, Kawashima Haruna
Scorers: Ono Hitomi (14 mins)
Booked: Sakai Yuki
Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies:
Ikeda Sakiko, Wada Naoko, Dozono Ayano, Sakamoto Riho, Takeyama Yuko, Yasuda Yuki, Kurishima Akari, Fujita Nozomi, Kato Chika, Shibata Hanae, Goto Michi (capt)
Subs: Kira Chinatsu (Kato Chika, 55 mins)
Unused subs: Tajiri Yumi, Takeuchi Nozomi, Tomari Shiho, Naomoto Hikaru
Scorers: Kira Chinatsu (60 mins)
Albirex Niigata Ladies 6 - 1 Speranza FC Osaka Takatsuki
Takatsuki find themselves in deeper trouble heading into the summer as they were heavily beaten by Niigata, for whom Koganemaru Sachie, Yamamoto Arina and Kodama Keiko all returned to the starting lineup. Takatsuki recalled Shimamura to the starting lineup, replacing Hazuki Yuki.
Two goals, a header from Oishi and a free kick from Kamionobe gave Niigata a half-time lead which in the second half was added to by both Yamamoto and Yamazaki, who scored a hat-trick. Takatsuki's lone reply came from Sato Kaede - her first of the season.
Takatsuki next host Belle desperately searching for their first win, while Niigata are JEF United's visitors in a mid-table clash.
Albirex Niigata Ladies:
Koganemaru Sachie, Yamamoto Arina, Nakamura Kaede, Kitahara Kana, Obara Yuria, Saeki Aya, Saito Yuri, Kamionobe Megumi (capt), Yamazaki Marumi, Kodama Keiko, Oishi Sayaka
Subs: Shimokawa Saori (Saito Yuri, 65 mins), Hirai Sakina (Oishi Sayaka, 65 mins), Takamura Chisato (Obara Yuria, 77 mins)
Unused subs: Ichitani Tomoko, Sakaguchi Moeno
Scorers: Oishi Sayaka (25 mins), Kamionobe Megumi (34 mins), Yamazaki Marumi (48, 55, 68 mins), Yamamoto Arina (59 mins)
Booked: Takamura Chisato
Speranza FC Osaka Takatsuki:
Ono Maya, Matsuda Nozomi, Okuda Akiko (capt), Hatanaka Miyuka, Tsuboi Ayako, Hirano Satoko, Torao Naomi, Sato Kaede, Shimamura Yuko, Honda Saki, Maruyama Karina
Subs: Asano Miki (Hirano Satoko, HT), Suzuki Risa (Ono Maya, 61 mins), Hazuki Yuki (Shimamura Yuko, 81 mins)
Unused subs: Ikeda Asumi, Kanjana Sung-Ngoen
Scorers: Sato Kaede (57 mins)
Booked: Suzuki Risa
INAC Kobe Leonessa 4 - 2 NTV Beleza
Beverly Goebel-Yanez returned to the starting lineup for INAC Kobe as they faced nearest rivals Beleza in Kobe today. For Beleza Sakaguchi Mizuho made her first start of the season and Doko Mayo also returned following a one game absence.
It was Goebel-Yanez who scored the first of the afternoon, heading home Kawasumi's cross powerfully, to give her eight goals for the season.
The score remained at 1-0 to the home side until the final twelve minutes, in which five more goals were scored. Takase Megumi headed home a Ji free kick for INAC's second, but Tanaka Mina scored sensational form in taking the ball from midfield and scoring with an unstoppable shot from outside the area.
Ji So Yun scored one herself just a minute later to restore the two goal lead, with some marvellous footwork down the left wing, cutting inside and scoring past Soyama.
Tanaka Mina still wasn't giving up and straight from the kickoff she scored another fine goal to give Beleza hope of an equaliser with under eight minutes remaining. Although they kept pushing for an equaliser, it was INAC who had the last say. Nakajima found Kawasumi down the right wing and her ball across the box found Tanaka Yoko who couldn't miss.
Beleza next host Vegalta Sendai in Akita with the winners going into the summer in second place. INAC Kobe visit FC Kibikokusaidaigaku Charme fully expecting a comfortable win to give them a 100% record with half the season played.
INAC Kobe Leonessa:
Kaihori Ayumi, Nakajima Emi, Kai Junko, Tanaka Asuna, Watanabe Ayaka, Ji So Yun, Sawa Homare, Minamiyama Chiaki, Kawasumi Nahomi (capt), Beverly Goebel-Yanez, Tanaka Yoko
Subs: Takase Megumi (Beverly Goebel-Yanez, HT)
Unused subs: Takenaka Rei, Rebecca Moros, Isokane Midori, Michigami Ayaka
Scorers: Beverly Goebel-Yanez (34 mins), Takase Megumi (78 mins), Ji So Yun (82 mins), Tanaka Yoko (90+1 mins)
Soyama Kanako, Shimizu Risa, Iwashimizu Azusa (capt), Doko Mayo, Ariyoshi Saori, Hasegawa Yui, Sumida Rin, Sakaguchi Mizuho, Momiki Yuka, Tanaka Mina, Kiryu Nanase
Subs: Hara Natsuko (Momiki Yuka, 69 mins)
Unused subs: Mochizuki Arisa, Sudo Akiko, Nakasato Yu, Kobayashi Miharu
Scorers: Tanaka Mina (81, 83 mins)
Booked: Kiryu Nanase, Sumida Rin