JEF United Ichihara Chiba Ladies 1 - 0 Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies
JEF United won their first game of the season at home to Kanto rivals Urawa today courtesy of an own goal in the first half. The home side had largely been on top in the first half and deserved their lead but in the second Urawa came out strongly and put constant pressure on the JEF United defence. They were however unable to find an equaliser and after two games have no points to their name.
JEF United stay in Kanto next weekend when they face league leaders Beleza; Urawa will be extremely determined to get back on track at home to local rivals Saitama.
JEF United Ichihara Chiba Ladies:
Yamane Erina, Chino Shoko, Sakuramoto Naoko (capt), Nishikawa Ayaka, Ueno Saki, Hosaka Nodoka, Setoguchi Kozue, Kawamura Mari, Fukasawa Risa, Ikadai Risa, Sugasawa Yuika
Subs: Wakabayashi Minori (Ueno Saki, 67 mins), Yanai Rina (Ikadai Risa, 78 mins), Tsurumi Ayaka (Hosaka Nodoka, 90+1 mins)
Unused subs: Nemoto Mio, Anzai Yuka, Shimada Ayako, Kamogawa Miho
Scorers: Own Goal (40 mins)
Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies:
Ikeda Sakiko, Wada Naoko, Norimatsu Ruka, Kohata Shiho, Usui Rie, Shibata Hanae, Naomoto Hikaru, Kishikawa Natsuki, Kato Chika, Shiraki Akari, Goto Michi (capt)
Subs: Seike Kiko (Shiraki Akari, HT), Kira Chinatsu (Kato Chika, 71 mins), Fujita Nozomi (Kishikawa Natsuki, 85 mins)
Unused subs: Hirao Chika, Suzuki Rina, Chiba Minori, Nagano Fuka
Vegalta Sendai Ladies 1 - 0 Albirex Niigata Ladies
A fine strike from outside the box by Hamada Haruka won this match against Niigata in miserable conditions in Sendai today. The home side were much the better of the two sides and deserved their win. Niigata were without Kamionobe Megumi in midfield and the absence of her guile was noticeable.
Sendai travel to Iga to face the Kunoichi who have a 100% record; Niigata will hope to pick up their first point against Belle.
Vegalta Sendai Ladies:
Takenaka Rei, Sakai Yuki, Yamamoto Risa, Takahashi Nana, Takara Ryoko, Kakazu Asuka (capt), Sasaki Mayu, Kawamura Yuri, Nakano Manami, Hamada Haruka, Arimachi Saori
Subs: Inoue Ayaka (Hamada Haruka, 71 mins), Giovania (Arimachi Saori, 85 mins), Tahara Nozomi (Nakano Manami, 90+1 mins)
Unused subs: Saito Ayaka, Ideue Asako, Irie Miki, Sasaki Miwa
Scorers: Hamada Haruka (53 mins)
Albirex Niigata Ladies:
Ichitani Tomoko, Sayama Momoko, Nakamura Kaede, Yamamoto Arina, Obara Yuria, Saito Yuri, Takahashi Haruka, Sakaguchi Moeno, Saeki Aya, Kubota Mayu, Oishi Sayaka (capt)
Subs: Takamura Chisato (Obara Yuria, 62 mins), Watanabe Ayaka (Saeki Aya, 62 mins), Yamazaki Marumi (Kubota Mayu, 72 mins)
Unused subs: Fukumura Kanae, Kodama Keiko
Booked: Sayama Momoko
AS Elfen Saitama 0 - 3 Nippon TV Beleza
A second routine 3-0 win for Beleza keeps them top of the table for another week as Saitama, without Sarah Gregorious who was on international duty, presented them with very little opposition. New team member Uetsuji Yumi once again scored the opening goal, with Sakaguchi following up soon after as Beleza led by two goals after just seventeen minutes. An own goal in the second half added some gloss.
Beleza host JEF United next weekend in what looks to be an exciting encounter. Saitama make the short trip to play Urawa in another daunting encounter.
AS Elfen Saitama:
Funada Mayu, Akitaya Misato, Matsuoka Sayuri, Nara Misaki, Sakurabayashi Ayako, Takano Saki, Otani Erina, Azami Rie (capt), Kitano Rie, Takahashi Saori, Takahashi Kaho
Subs: Segi Aiki (Kitano Rie, HT), Sugihara Haruna (Takahashi Kaho, HT), Onuma Miho (Sakurabayashi Ayako, 85 mins)
Unused subs: Sakuragi Ayana, Utsumi Yui, Toriyabe Kozue, Shimokawa Saori
Nippon TV Beleza:
Yamashita Ayaka, Shimizu Risa, Iwashimizu Azusa (capt), Muramatsu Tomoko, Ariyoshi Saori, Sakaguchi Mizuho, Hara Natsuko, Uetsuji Yumi, Hasegawa Yui, Momiki Yuka, Tanaka Mina
Subs: Kiryu Nanase (Uetsuji Yumi, 58 mins), Sumida Rin (Momiki Yuka, 76 mins)
Unused subs: Soyama Kanako, Mochizuki Arisa, Nakasato Yu, Fukumaru Tomoko, Shimada Chiaki
Scorers: Uetsuji Yumi (13 mins), Sakaguchi Mizuho (17 mins), Own Goal (52 mins)
Speranza FC Osaka Takatsuki 0 - 1 Iga FC Kunoichi
A very disappointing crowd watched Takatsuki's opening home game of the season, with Iga dominated from start to finish. The visitors did, however, have to rely on a single goal from the penalty spot to secure all three points. The scorer this week was again Suzuki Kaoruko, clearly enjoying life at her new club. Next weekend Takatsuki are again likely to lose, this time to INAC Kobe, while Iga will be in high spirits for the visit of Vegalta Sendai.
Speranza FC Osaka Takatsuki:
Ono Maya, Takeda Arisa, Sato Kaede, Akiba Yumeko, Tsuboi Ayako, Narumiya Yui, Torao Naomi (capt), Sakumoto Fumika, Takahashi Saki, Maruyama Karina, Hazuki Yuki
Subs: Hayashi Momo (Sakumoto Fumika, HT), Saito Toshiko (Hazuki Yuki, 73 mins), Enya Mari (Takeda Arisa, 79 mins)
Unused subs: Yamamoto Maho, Hirano Satoko, Yoshioka Haruka, Shimamura Yuko
Booked: Akiba Yumeko
Iga FC Kunoichi:
Kuno Fubuki, Miyasako Tamami, Ohashi Mio, Hatanaka Miyuka, Michikura Hiroko, Nasu Maiko (capt), Noichi Aya, Haji Madoka, Suzuki Kaoruko, Sugita Ami, Ogawa Shiho
Subs: Kobayashi Misaki (Michikura Hiroko, 61 mins), Matsunaga Yoshie (Noichi Aya, 69 mins), Shimojo Aya (Suzuki Kaoruko, 80 mins)
Unused subs: Sawada Norimi, Matsunaga Tomoe, Sonomura Nana, Gloria Douglas
Scorers: Suzuki Kaoruko (20 mins, pen)
INAC Kobe Leonessa 3 - 0 Okayama Yunogo Belle
The visiting Belle team were today completely outclassed by an INAC Kobe side which could have won by more than just three goals. Kobe went close on a number of occasions in the first half, though Belle could have taken the lead themselves when the ball almost bobbled over following a chance for Matsuoka Miki. The other main incident in the first forty-five minutes was a collision of heads between Sawa Homare and Takahashi Sachie when the former headed the ball goalwards and struck her forehead against the back of the latter's head.
Belle's resistance lasted just five minutes into the second half, Ito Miki scoring with a fine low strike. Substitutes Masuya Rika and Nakada Ayu both scored a goal each as the younger players took centre stage.
Belle next travel to Niigata with INAC Kobe very confident of taking three points from Takatsuki.
INAC Kobe Leonessa:
Kaihori Ayumi, Kinga Yukari, Kai Junko, Tanaka Asuna, Sameshima Aya, Kawasumi Nahomi, Ito Miki, Sawa Homare, Kyokawa Mai, Ito Kanako, Ohno Shinobu (capt)
Subs: Masuya Rika (Ito Miki, 58 mins), Nakada Ayu (Kyokawa Mai, 85 mins)
Unused subs: Shibusawa Anna, Miyake Shiori, Minamiyama Chiaki, Nakajima Emi, Michigami Ayaka
Scorers: Ito Miki (50 mins), Masuya Rika (77 mins), Nakada Ayu (90+2 mins)
Okayama Yunogo Belle:
Fukumoto Miho (capt), Kado Yuka, Takahashi Sachie, Nakajima Chihiro, Mizushima Kumi, Kuzuma Riyo, Asano Miki, Kobayashi Makiko, Miyama Aya, Matsuoka Miki, Kishino Sana
Subs: Tanaka Mayu (Kishino Sana, 82 mins)
Unused subs: Mita Isayo, Taniguchi Kikumi, Takahashi Chiho, Kawano Saki, Hashimoto Shoko