Kagoshima draw in J3 debut

Kagoshima draw in J3 debut

The 2016 MEIJI YASUDA J3 League kicked off on Sunday with an expanded competition featuring 16 clubs.

Joining 13 clubs vying for promotion tor promotion to the J2 are Under-23 sides fielded by Gamba Osaka, Cerezo Osaka and FC Tokyo.

Newcomers Kagoshima United earned their first J.League point with a scoreless draw against Kataller Toyama in front of 4,452 fans at Kagoshima Kamoike Stadium while Oita Trinita defeated AC Nagano Parceiro 1-0.

FC Ryukyu had better luck at home, winning 1-0 against Fujieda MyFC thanks to Keita Tanaka’s 57th-minute goal.

At Suita Stadium, Gamba Osaka U23 fought to a scoreless draw with YSCC. Cross-town rivals Cerezo Osaka U23 fared better, with Shohei Kiyohara and Rei Yonezawa finding the back of the net in a 2-0 win over Grulla Morioka.

FC Tokyo were the only U23 side to lose on the day, falling 1-0 at SC Sagamihara after Taira Inoue scored shortly after the hour mark.