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Sunday, 24 November 2013

Nadeshiko League Promotion/Relegation Playoff Second Leg

FC Kibikokusaidaigaku Charme retain their place in the Nadeshiko League for 2014

FC Kibikokusaidaigaku Charme  0 - 1  Sfida Setagaya FC (1-1 on aggregate aet)
FC Kibikokusaidaigaku Charme win 5-4 on penalties

(Attendance: 872)

Kibi made one change for their final home game of the season, bringing in their top scorer Hamamoto Marin for Kurakazu Shiho. Setagaya, who were desperate to improve from their home loss, brought in Kawashima Tamai and Tanaka Mariko, with Shano Miki and Usuda Haruka dropping to the bench. Kibi did most of the attacking in the first half, with good chances for Shigemasa Kai and Takahashi Chiho just going wide the closest they came. Setagaya improved defensively, repeatedly catching Kibi's attackers offside and the home side couldn't find the breakthrough. In the second half Setagaya came out strongly and Tanaka Marina scored in the fiftieth minute to level the tie on aggregate. Both sides now knew that one goal would be enough, but neither could find it. Setagaya did more of the attacking but their shots were wayward for the most part, though they did hit the woodwork on occasion. Inevitably the game went into twenty minutes of extra time, and then to a penalty shoot-out. Setagaya went first, and it was Kawashima who struck their first penalty against the post. Kibi missed none of theirs and it was defender Kamata Ran who scored the final decisive penalty to win the tie and keep her side in the Nadeshiko League for another sesaon. Setagaya fought hard, especially considering their poor performance at home last weekend, and will have to try again in what will be another extremely competitive Challenge League. For their part, Kibi will hope to attract talented schoolgirls to the university for the start of next season.

FC Kibikokusaidaigaku Charme:
Isashi Kaede, Takeda Arisa, Takahashi Chiho (capt), Imanishi Azusa, Shigemasa Kai, Takano Saki, Sugita Ami, Yoshitake Manami, Hamamoto Marin, Noma Fumika, Nishikawa Asuka
Subs: Kurakazu Shiho (Noma Fumika, 53 mins), Kamata Ran (Yoshitake Manami, 71 mins), Adachi Eriko (Hamamoto Marin, 87 mins)
Unused subs: Kadota Rui, Morimoto Kiyo

Sfida Setagaya FC:
Kawaguchi Mana, Fukuhara Nao, Kawashima Tamai, Tanaka Marina (capt), Usui Rie, Tanaka Mariko, Tomiyama Hitomi, Mori Hitomi, Nagata Maya, Nagasawa Yume, Shimojo Aya
Subs: Ishibuchi Yuki (Nagasawa Yume, 74 mins), Shano Miki (Shimojo Aya, 81 mins), Usuda Haruka (Tanaka Marina, Start of Extra Time)
Unused subs: Osaki Aimi, Minemoto Chizuru
Scorers: Tanaka Marina (50 mins)

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