Congratulations are in order for Gifu’s reserve side, FC Gifu Second, as they won the Gifu Prefecture football tournament and with it passage into the first round of the Emperor’s Cup.

The Seconds defeated Teikyo Kani High School 6-0 at a sodden Nagaragawa Meadow ground. Teikyo passed the ball about really well at times, but were undone by the ruthlessness of their more experienced rivals. Midori’s first half goal in particular was very special. He pounced on a mis-control by the Teikyo full back and proceeded to lob the ‘keeper from 35 yards or so.

The Seconds will play Kansai University next Sunday for the right to travel to Kincho Stadium and play J1 side Cerezo Osaka. It is a great opportunity for this young team, and I hope as many people as possible get down to the Meadow next Sunday to support them. The game will KO at 1pm.