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League1 Canada Men’s Review: Week 4

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As the fourth week of football across the League1 Canada landscape concluded yesterday, Northern Tribune takes a look back at what occurred across the country.

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This article looks at all things that happened in League1 Canada’s men’s divisions. For the piece on the women’s action, you can find that recap linked here.

League1 BC: Whitecaps, TSS Continue to Roll

League1 BC saw some goals across the four games to take place last week. A midweek game between Burnaby FC and Whitecaps Academy kicked things off, where the latter prevailed 4-2. The guests dominated once again, racing to a 3-0 lead before conceding. A fourth was added just before the hour which put the game out of reach.

Friday night’s game at Swanguard saw TSS Rovers run away with an impressive 6-0 win over Altitude. Devin O’Hea’s brace set the Rovers on their way as they got four goals in the second half to secure the big win.

The Whitecaps’ other game came in Sunday as they pulled off a 2-0 home success over Rivers FC. The goals happened just before the break, and minutes after the restart. The Whitecaps Academy side could not have asked for a better week than that.

Monday’s Victoria Day clash saw Altitude bounce back from their beating just days prior, getting the better of Unity 3-2 at home. After taking the lead 13 minutes in, Altitude had to show their mettle as they conceded twice to go behind. In the end, Ali Azarminoo’s winner 12 minutes before the end saw the hosts claim all three points.

The Whitecaps’ two wins saw them take the table’s top position, though they have played two more games than TSS Rovers. The former’s ten points from five games put them in a great spot for the playoffs. Rovers is a point behind on nine from three games. From there, Altitude, Rivers, Harbourside, and Unity all have four points, though Unity has one less game played than the others. Burnaby is last with just a sole point from three matches.

Burnaby will get a chance to claim their first-ever win in League1 BC on Friday, though it won’t come easy as they welcome TSS Rovers. Harbourside squares off with Altitude on Saturday, while Unity hosts Rivers on Sunday. The Whitecaps will get the week off.

League1 Alberta: Tartans Two for Two

There were just two games in League1 Alberta this past week, both occurring on Tuesday. In Calgary, Zavier Ghebrezghi scored twice in the second half to propel Cavalry U-21 to a 4-0 victory over Callies United. With the home side up by a goal at the break, Ghebrezghi’s second half double did the damage.

The other game on Tuesday saw Edmonton Scottish pick up their second win of the season, defeating St. Albert Impact 3-1 away. Everything changed within the first 15 minutes of the second interval. Former Eddies forward Marcus Velado-Tsegaye‘s brace, sandwiched by a Vladyslav Satsevych red card, turned the game in the Tartans’ favour. That saw them complete the comeback, scoring a third later on.

The action picks up again next week, as Calgary Blizzard hosts Cavalry U-21 in Tuesday’s lone match. Friday will have a full slate of games: the Scottish take on Calgary Blizzard, St. Albert Impact welcomes the Cavs, while the Callies battle against Edmonton BTB Academy. Calgary Foothills will have the week off.

League1 Ontario: Cup Action Commenced This Week

The L1 Cup returned with the first three Round of 16 matches. Tuesday saw two games take place, as Vaughan Azzurri defeated St. Catharine’s Roma Wolves 4-1 and the Simcoe County Rovers beat Darby 2-0. Guelph United’s 3-0 success over The Borough on Wednesday was the other clash this week.

Two more matches transpire next week in the L1 Cup, as the round of 16 continues. Tuesday’s game sees Woodbridge Strikers meet North Toronto Nitros. The other match occurs on Wednesday, as Scrosoppi hosts Burlington SC.

League1 Ontario Premier Division: Alliance and Burlington Entertains in 10-Goal Thriller

The League1 Ontario Premier Division saw five of the week’s six games occur on Saturday. Tim Hortons Field was the venue for Sigma’s game with Simcoe County Rovers. In a match that ended goalless, Sigma goalkeeper Dino Bontis kept his team in the game with several key saves. The home side ended up a man short for the last 10 minutes due to Damion Kaye’s red card. Nevertheless, the Mississauga-based Sigma held on for a point against last season’s champions.

In what might just be the best game in League1 Canada this year, Alliance United and Burlington SC played to an incredible 10-goal game. In the end, Burlington, who raced to a 4-0 lead in the first half, held on for a 6-4 victory. The home side came to within one twice, including in the 96th minute. However, the visitors stood firm, scoring the last goal of the game in the 97th minute.

Flashback: Alliance United Had A Fourteen-Goal Match Last Season

Luca DiMarco put North Toronto ahead twice away to Prostars. Still, that would turn out to not be enough for the Nitros, as Prostars twice came from behind to earn a point in the 2-2 draw. A draw also occurred at Bishop Reding High School as Scrosoppi and Woodbridge played to a 1-1 stalemate. Tomasz Skublak‘s goal ten minutes from time cancelled out Exosse Kadiebue’s opener seven minutes earlier.

The only other team to win on Saturday was Vaughan Azzurri, who edged Hamilton United Elite 1-0 at home. Jacob Begley got the only goal of the game just before the half.

Monday’s end to the round saw Guelph United beat the Blue Devils 3-1 at home. Jared Opoku Agyemang continued his impressive goalscoring form with another two goals to lift his side to a second win.

Burlington remains perfect on season, with four wins from four. Scrosoppi and Vaughan Azzurri, both on 10 points – along with Woodbridge Strikers on eight – remain unbeaten. North Toronto, Hamilton United, and Sigma are at the bottom with one point each, the latter two scoring only once each.

Next weekend will have three days on each day. Saturday has Simcoe County Rovers meet Burlington in what should be an intriguing game. Alliance and Hamilton United square off, while North Toronto hosts Sigma. Sunday’s action sees Blue Devils meet Prostars, Guelph United face off against Scrosoppi, while Woodbridge and Vaughan meet in a battle of unbeaten sides.

League1 Ontario Championship Division: TFC Wins Big Once Again

The second tier of the League1 Ontario league system got underway on Friday with an eight-goal thriller in Windsor. There, home side Windsor City, fell 5-3 to Unionville Milliken. The away side took the lead three minutes in, only for the hosts to draw level less than two minutes later. The Milliken then took a two-goal lead, only to be pegged back once again. However, the visitors were not to be denied, as they hit back with two unanswered goals in the 89th and 94th minutes to claim all three points.

The other Friday game saw Pickering and Darby play to a 1-1 draw. David Mutembezi put the home side ahead 41 minutes, only for Darby to find the net in the 96th minute courtesy of Nigel Buckley.

Saturday’s action kicked off with a 0-0 draw between Master’s FA and BVB IA Waterloo. The goals would come in the next game, as TFC Academy won by a whopping 9-1 scoreline versus North Mississauga. The home side scored five times in the final 15 first half minutes to take a demanding lead. Three more second half goals completed the rout.

FC London completed the round with a convincing 4-1 home win over St. Catharine’s Roma Wolves. All four goals came in the first half for the hosts, spearheaded by Efosa Emovon’s brace. The guests scored in the 90th minute to avoid being shut out.

Week five will commence on Friday, with Darby taking on North Mississauga in Whitby. The other four games are on Saturday. TFC Academy hosts Pickering, St. Catharine’s meets Windsor City, FC London battles Master’s, while Unionville welcomes BVB IA Waterloo.

League 2 Ontario: Rush Academy Wins Big, Sudbury and The Borough Falter

There were a dozen games in League2 Ontario across the last week, three in each conference. Kicking things off with the Northeast Conference, Vaughan Azzurri beat up on Unionville Milliken, running away with a 9-1 away win. Alliance and Darby played to a 1-1 draw a day later.

Saturday’s final game of the round saw Alliance win 3-1 over Sudbury Cyclones. The hosts went up 2-0 in the first half and seemed be on their way to a comfortable win. However, six minutes from time, the Cyclones got a goal back to make things interesting. It turned out to be a mere consolation, though, as Alliance found the net once more in stoppage time to claim all three points.

Central Conference action started on Wednesday, where Woodbridge topped North Mississauga 4-3 in what was a thrilling contest that saw both teams take the lead twice each. It was Alexander Santillian’s 94th minute goal that ultimately gave the Strikers the win.

The Borough’s second home game in League2 Ontario ended in defeat as Sigma ran away with a 2-0 win. The goals came 12 minutes apart in the second half, which was enough for the reserve team to come away with the victory. Sunday’s lone game saw the Blue Devils defeat North Toronto 3-2, the away side leading thrice throughout the game.

The Southwest Conference kicked off on Thursday, as Scrosoppi and Guelph United play to a 2-2 draw. The latter went up by two, but having gone down a man, made things more complicated. Michael Mancuso’s brace, the second in stoppage time, grabbed Scrosoppi a point.

A Harkaran Sahota hat-trick did the damage for Rush Academy as they beat BVB IA Waterloo 5-1 at home. Three goals in the space of 10 minutes in the first half sent Rush on their way, with Waterloo’s sole marker coming midway through the second half. On Sunday, Windsor City defeated Hamilton United 3-0 to round off the week.

There will be 11 games across League2 Ontario next week, as only Rush and St. Catharine’s are off. Among the games, both of the senior teams to take part of the action will play on Sunday. The Borough heads to Burlington to take on Burlington SC, while Sudbury Cyclones welcomes Simcoe County Rovers.

Ligue1 Quebec: St-Laurent With Statement Win

Ligue1 Quebec entered its fifth week of the season, as several teams were bunched up in mid-table. The round commenced with another CS Saint-Laurent victory, with last year’s winners toppling AS Laval 7-0 on Friday. Yann Toualy got a hat-trick for CSSL as they had two periods in the game where they scored thrice within 10 minutes.

The other Laval-based team, FC Laval, did manage to win their game though. The league’s 2022 winners defeated CF Montreal Academy 2-1 on Saturday to take a crucial three points. First half goals from Julien Bruce and Montacer El Harchali did the trick for FC Laval in the victory.

Also on Saturday, Ottawa South United left it late, but managed to defeat Longueuil 1-0 away. The goal came 11 minutes from time to give OSU a vital three points.

In Sunday’s first game, St-Hubert came from a goal down to defeat Celtix du Haut Richelieu 2-1. All three goals came in the second half, with Christopher Jean-Leger scoring in the 92nd minute to complete the comeback.

Sunday’s other game saw AS Blainville and CS Mont-Royal Outremont play to a 1-1 draw. Alexandre Marcoux’s second half goal for the home side cancelled out Renan Manini’s opener midway through the opening stanza.

FC Laval and St-Laurent, with 10 and 8 points, respectively, look set to battle it out for league supremacy this time around. Remarkably, neither of them are unbeaten. As for OSU, they jump up to third spot on seven points. Blainville and Royal Select Beauport, both on six points, have yet to lose this year. Joining them on six points is CF Montreal, who lost for the first time this weekend.

AS Laval, CSMRO, and St-Hubert are on five points, while Longueuil (3 points) and Celtix du Haut Richelieu (2) still await their maiden victory.

Next weekend will have three games on Saturday and two on Sunday, with CF Montreal on their bye. On Saturday, FC Laval hosts St-Hubert, AS Laval takes on CSMRO, and Longueuil battles it out against Blainville. Sunday’s action sees OSU battle Celtix du Haut Richelieu, and St-Laurent, who will be involved in the Canadian Championship on Tuesday, host Royal Select Beauport in what will be the match of the week.

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