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Ardija Monthly News 2019 May Issue

The Top Team
Failing to boost their performance since the opening of the new season, Omiya Ardija’s top team continues to struggle. In Match 4 of the Meiji Yasuda J2 League against Montedio Yamagata, Omiya forfeited a goal as a result of a penalty kick in the first half and lost the match 0-1. In Match 5 against Mito Hollyhock, captain FW Genki Omae scored his first goal of the season, but the match ended in a 1-1 draw. However, with the shut-out victory in Match 6 against V-Varen Nagasaki, the former club of head coach Takagi and FW Juanma Delgado, Omiya went on to win Match 7 against Fagiano Okayama 2-1, Match 8 against Kagoshima United FC 2-0, and Match 9 against Yokohama FC 2-1, sealing four consecutive victories. With 5 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses, and capturing 17 points, Omiya advanced to third place in the rankings.

This season, Omiya Ardija’s U-18 have returned to the Prince Takamado Trophy JFA U-18 Football Premier League. The league kicked off on April 7, and Omiya defeated powerhouse Kashima Antlers in the opening match 1-0, but suffered a loss to Ichiritusu Funabashi High School 1-3 in the following match. Meanwhile, Omiya Ardija’s U-15 are taking part in the 2019 Kanto Youth (U-15) Football League and have won four consecutive matches, three of them in the month of April: 3-0 against Urawa Reds Junior, 3-1 against Yokohama FC Junior Youth, and 2-1 against Kashima Antlers Tsukuba Junior Youth.

“Mission: Omiya Clean” has been implemented in 2004 for the purpose of cleaning up the streets before a home game. This season marks the 21st anniversary of Omiya Ardija, and as a new challenge to support the hometown, the cleanup efforts will take place after the home game. The club encourages fans and supporters to participate in this activity to keep the streets of Omiya clean, hoping to contribute to the development of the community. The first post-game cleanup was carried out after the Yokohama FC match on April 14, and Mayor Hayato Shimizu and about 200 supporters took part. Omiya Ardija pledges to continue expanding the activity.
On April 6, the 11th Eco Ball Project was held jointly with the Omiya Rotary Club at NACK5 Stadium Omiya. Soccer balls used by Omiya Ardija will be cleaned and polished by the club and the hometown supporters, then delivered to children in Brazil who have a passion for football and are in dire need of balls. This time, 68 players belonging to the youth team affiliated with the Saitama Northern Football Coaches Council were joined by Satoshi Yokoyama and Daigo Watanabe representing the Omiya Ardija OB Club, and they polished 40 used soccer balls together.