Oh boy do I have an update for you. There’s been plenty of football played since last time and the season in Mongolia also kicked off over the weekend so the entirety of East Asia are now in action. We also got great help from the Northern Mariana Islands FA to get their results in for this segment. What a time to be alive!
If you missed it yesterday you can check out the roundups of China and South Korea, while you can find the results from Japan further down here this time. To catch up on last week’s roundup you can click here.
Taiwan still keep a hectic pace
Everything is still happening in Taiwan so let’s just start right where we left off last week. I said the matches between Tatung and NSTC as well as Taipower v Royal Blues would happen the day after the last roundup and I bet you are curious to find out how those games went, aren’t you?
Well let me tell you that Tatung steamrolled NSTC 5-0 and Taipower and Royal Blues played a scoreless draw. They both then had games three days later on Saturday as Royal Blues lost 4-0 to Taicheng Lions and Taipower lost 2-1 to HangYuen. The final match that was played since last time was on Sunday as Tainan City absolutely smashed NSTC and won 7-1. The schedule seem to be calming somewhat this week as only four games are set to be played.
Radio silence from Guam
I was excited to check out how it had gone in Guam since last time, who, alongside Northern Marianas Islands, are turning into my favourite countries to follow in this region. However, I was disappointed to not be able to find any results from this weekend, the only thing I was able to find out was that the match that was supposed to go ahead on Thursday last week between University of Guam Tritons and Bank of Guam Strykers was cancelled due to “a shortage of referees”.
I will keep checking the GFA website for the missing results and will update this section as soon as something is available.
It’s still on in Hong Kong
The invincible season is still on. Kitchee kicked off the weekend action on Saturday by beating mid-table Southern District 4-1 and are now only one game away from doing the invincible. In the battle for second Wofoo Tai Po put pressure on Pegasus by beating R&F 2-0 on Sunday. Pegasus played Yuen Long earlier today and stumbled only barely managing to scrape a 3-3 draw in the 89th minute after being 3-1 down.
Meanwhile, Dreams FC drew 2-2 with Warriors in the other Sunday kick-off. And in the final match, also earlier today, Hong Kong Rangers lost 5-0 to Eastern.
Hiroshima back on the horse after first loss in Japan
Sanfrecce Hiroshima who are topping the J-League table were back to winning ways after losing to Tokyo last time out. They beat lower half side V-Varen Nagasaki 2-0 on Saturday. In the rest of the matches this round, second placed Tokyo beat bottom of the league Nagoya Grampus.
Vegalta Sendai drew 2-2 with Consadole Sapporo, Shimizu S-Pulse beat Kashiwa Reysol 2-1, Jubilo Iwata drew 1-1 with Cerezo Osaka, Urawa Reds lost to Shonan 1-0, Yokohama F. Marinosbeat Kashima Antlers 3-0 and Vissel Kobe lost 2-1 to Kawasaki Frontale. On Sunday Gamba Osaka beat second to bottom Sagan Tosu 3-0.
The invincible season is still on in Macau
Like in Hong Kong, Benfica de Macau are still undefeated. They beat Tak Chun Ka 8-2 on Sunday. The biggest of the results was the other Sunday game though, as MUST CPK beat Lai Chi 14-0(!).
On Saturday Monte Carlo beat Hang Sai 4-2 while Sporting beat Ching Fung 1-0 and gave themselves a shot at the third place that Ching Fung currently holds going into the run-in with two matches left and one point behind.
It’s all kicked off in Mongolia
The Mazala National Premier League kicked off this weekend and that is played as a standard league with 10 teams in it. Erchim are the reigning champions while Arvis and Gepro are the two newly promoted sides.
On Saturday Selenge Press drew 1-1 with Khangarid while Deren beat Goyo 1-0 and FC Ulaanbaatar drew 1-1 with Athletic 220. On Sunday Erchim beat Gepro 6-0 while Arvis and Ulaanbaatar City drew 1-1. That means that Erchim tops the league after one game thanks to their superior goal difference.
Still no news from North Korea
Perhaps the latest development in the North and South Korea saga has shocked the North Korean FA so much that they forgot to host football matches? Because as far as I have been able to find out, no matches have taken place since last week when we rounded up the last known results from March.
Does anyone have Kim Jong-un’s number? I need to give him a call and ask what’s up.
Up close and personal with the Northern Mariana Islands
With no news since last week from NMI either, I decided to send off a message to the NMIFA and enquire if they had paused their competition or could help with getting the results for this segment. I was very pleasantly surprised to get a reply back from NMIFA Executive Committee member and team manager for the men’s national team, Norman del Rosario, who gave me a full excel sheet with results. So let’s have a look, shall we?
MP United are still undefeated as they beat Paire 4-0, undefeated is also what TanHoldings are as they beat Okadaya 3-0. The final match of the weekend saw Winners & Pacific come out as losers against Teen Ayuyus, the NMI U16 national team, in a close fought battle, where Teen Ayuyus won 3-2. Bottom of the table Kanoa had a bye this weekend.
And finally, let’s have a look at that wonderful women’s U16 national team that play in the men’s second tier. They had a tough outing this weekend as they lost 5-1 to Shirley’s. Norman tells me they are playing in the men’s division as a preparation for an upcoming EAFF tournament, which is also the reason the Men’s U16 are doing the same in the division above.. You would expect them to be very tough and not give any leeway in any duels when that time comes.