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League1 Canada Men’s Review: Week 6

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We are about a third of the way through the League1 Canada Men’s divisions. Teams continue to fight for a title (which leads to a coveted spot in the Canadian Championship), playoff spots, and, in League1 Ontario, promotion and relegation battles are commencing.

As we have all season, Northern Tribune takes a look back at the week it was across the country at the League1 landscape. You can find our review of the women’s matches through a link here shortly.

League1 BC: Harbourside With Road Win

There were only two games in League1 BC on the men’s side, as Sunday’s match between Altitude and Burnaby was postponed.

The first of the two games took place on Friday night. An entertaining match at Swangard ended with honours even as TSS Rovers and Unity played to a 2-2 draw. The away side raced to a 2-0 lead inside the first 10 minutes. However, the Rovers were not to be denied, hitting back with two goals of their own – one in each half – to steal a point.

The other L1BC game came on Saturday, as a Billy Bagiopoulous double helped Harbourside to a 3-2 win at Rivers. The hosts actually came from two down to tie the match up with 15 to play. But, just as quickly as they equalized, Rivers conceded again moments later. This time, there would be no coming back.

Rivers and Burnaby are starting to get separated from the rest of the pack as the race for the four playoff spots intensify. TSS Rivers’ point took them to the top of the league. They and and the Whitecaps Academy have a game in hand over the three sides below them.

The bottom two sides will meet to kick off Week 7 next weekend, as Rivers FC heads to Burnaby. Sunday’s two games see the Whitecaps welcome Altitude, while Unity and Harbourside square off.

League1 Alberta: Double Delight for the Tartans

League1 Alberta had another double gameweek as five games took place across Tuesday and Friday.

Tuesday’s all-Edmonton clash saw Edmonton Scottish defeat BTB Academy 2-1, with all three goals coming in the first half. Meanwhile in Calgary, the Calgary Blizzard topped Calgary Foothills 3-0. That is despite going down to 10 men.

Friday’s full slate of action started off with Edmonton Scottish coming from two down to defeat Calgary Foothills 3-2. A first half brace from Owen Atoniuk turned out to not be enough for the guests. Three different players found the net in the final 20 minutes, with Habib Assem’s 90th minute winner giving the Tartans another win.

St. Albert Impact also had to come from behind as they got the better of Callies United 2-1. A pair of goals within eight second half minutes did the trick for the visitors as they piled further woes on the Callies.

A 72nd minute goal from Zavier Ghebrezghi saw Cavalry’s U-21s pull off a 1-0 success over BTB Academy. Michael Cox had his penalty denied by Joe Holliday in the 98th minute, preserving the win for the Cavs.

Edmonton Scottish remains perfect with five wins from five. That leaves them six points ahead of St. Albert, who has played a game less. From there, the Blizzard and Cavalry are on six points, while Callies United, BTB, and the Foothills are on four, three, and one points, respectively.

The next double gameweek starts off with Tuesday’s all-Calgary game between Callies United and the Blizzard. The other game will pit together St. Albert and BTB.

Friday’s action will see BTB battle the Foothills, Callies United meets the league-leading Tartans, and the Blizzard squares off with St. Albert.

League1 Ontario: Cup Delight for Rovers and Master’s

The L1 Cup kicked things off in League1 Ontario last week. Both games took place on the Tuesday. Master’s topped Alliance 1-0 away in a round of 16 cupset. The lone goal came in the 24th minute from Terrell Spencer. The other match was a quarterfinal, as Simcoe County Rovers came from behind to beat Guelph United 2-1.

More cup action will transpire next week, as the Blue Devils welcome FC London in another round of 16 clash.

League1 Ontario Premier: Burlington Keeps on Rolling

Leaders Burlington SC kicked off the sixth round of the League1 Ontario Premier Division. As they have done all season, they won yet again. A Mauro Lulli first half double saw them past Prostars 3-1. Although the away side got a goal back just before the break, Burlington grabbed a third late on to claim all three points.

A flurry of late goals in Barrie saw Simcoe County Rovers come out on top over Guelph once again. This time, the Rovers did not have to come from behind, although a 92nd minute winner from Paul Karagiannakos settled the match.

Ronaldo Marshall’s 77th minute penalty lifted Woodbridge Strikers past Sigma, as the guests prevailed 1-0. The other Saturday game saw Hamilton United Elite and North Toronto Nitros play to a 1-1 stalemate, with both goals coming in the second half.

As the game between Scrosoppi and Alliance was postponed, Sunday only had one match. That came from Vaughan, as the Vaughan Azzurri and Blue Devils played to an exciting 2-2 draw. Brandon Duarte put the Oakville club in front twice, only to be pegged back on both occasions.

Next weekend has two Saturday games, as Prostars hosts Sigma and North Toronto meets the Blue Devils. Sunday will have the remaining four matches, the biggest being the top of the table clash between Burlington and Vaughan Azzurri. The other games are: Scrosoppi against Simcoe County Rovers (in a repeat of last year’s final), Guelph and Alliance, and Woodbridge hosting Hamilton.

League1 Ontario Championship: Away Wins the Theme

The second tier of the League1 Ontario system had a full five games of play this weekend, starting with a Friday night clash in Waterloo. There, North Mississauga got the better of BVB IA Waterloo 2-0. Goals on either side of the break did the trick for North Miss as they claimed their first win of the season.

Saturday saw something of a surprise, as FC London put an end to TFC Academy’s winning start. Bai Esse Coker’s 47th minute goal made the difference as visitors managed a 1-0 win over the division’s most impressive side thus far.

In Windsor, it was a Nigel Buckley double that got the visiting Darby over the line as the Whitby-based club defeated Windsor City 2-0. Meanwhile in Saturday’s last game, a quick-fire brace in the second half from Ronaldo Homenszki lifted St. Catharines Roma Wolves to a 4-1 win at Unionville Milliken.

Barrington Smith scored just seven minutes in for Pickering FC in Sunday’s lone match. Smith’s goal made the differsence as Pickering held on to defeat Master’s FA 1-0 at L’Amoureaux Sports Complex.

It is heating up at the top, where FC London jumped ahead of TFC Academy thanks to their head-to-head advantage. Darby and Unoinville are five points back, but still in the race for promoation. Waterloo and Pickering on eight points will have work to do, while Windsor, North Mississauga, Master’s and St. Catharines are within two points of each other, hoping to avoid last place and that unwanted playoff game.

Next week’s games will primarily take place on Friday, with four of the five games happening that night. Pickering meets Unionville as the former has a chance to jump ahead of the latter in the rankings. St. Catharines hosts TFC Academy, North Mississauga takes on Master’s, while Waterloo meets with Windsor. Saturday’s tilt sees FC London battle Darby in a top of the table game.

League2 Ontario: Rush Academy, Cyclones, The Borough With Wins

League2 Ontario had a full round of games go on throughout the week last week. Starting with the Southwest Conference, Wednesday night’s game saw FC London prevail 4-0 over Waterloo in a one-sided affair. Guelph United also won convincingly on Thursday, defeating Hamilton United 3-0. Scrosoppi claimed an impressive 6-1 win over St. Catharines in the other game on Thursday.

Sunday had the last game of the round, as Rush Academy picked up a 1-0 win away to Windsor City. The lone goal came from Lucas DiMarco a few minutes before the break in what was an important win for the Oakville-based Rush.

The table is split in half in the Southwest Conference, as Scrosoppi, London, Guelph, and Rush Academy are within four points of each other at the top. Waterloo, Windsor, and Roma are in the bottom half with three points, while Hamilton is in the basement with one point.

In the Northeast Conference, things kicked off from last week Tuesday, as a Kaden Bennett hattrick was not enough for Unionville to escape defeat. They fell 4-3 to Darby in a thrilling match. It was the same scoreline in Alliance’s favour on Thursday as they got the better of Vaughan Azzurri.

Goals seemed to be the theme this week in the Northeast Conference. Sunday’s match saw the Sudbury Cyclones earn a 3-1 victory over the visiting Pickering FC. The hosts got a goal just before the break, before adding two more by the hour mark, which sealed the deal. Monday’s game saw Simcoe County Rovers hold off Unionville 3-2 in a thriller.

The Cyclones, Alliance and Master’s are all level on 10 points. Darby (on seven points), Vaughan and Simcoe (6) are the chasing pack, while Unionville and Pickering are at the bottom with three points each.

The Central Conference started off its week on Wednesday with the Blue Devils scoring a 6-0 win over North Mississauga. Thursday’s game was a lot closer, as Sigma edged 10 men Prostars 3-2 in a back-and-forth thriller. The away side scored the go-ahead goal three minutes before the end to get the win.

On Saturday, The Borough came from behind to beat Woodbridge 3-1 at home. The three goals came late on for the hosts as they scored in the 80th minute or later to claim all three points. Monday’s contest ended in a scoreless affair between Burlington and North Toronto.

Sigma is five from five, and lead the way, although Woodbridge, who is three points behind, is chasing them. The Blue Devils (nine), North Toronto and The Borough (seven each) still have hopes of sneaking into the playoffs. Burlington (four), North Miss (three) and Prostars (one) are at the bottom, and would have to go on a serious winning run to get back into the race for promotion.

Ligue1 Quebec: St-Hubert the Weekend’s Winners

The only team to win in Ligue1 Quebec this week was St-Hubert. They pulled off quite the result on Friday night, topping AS Blainville 2-0 at home. The goals came in either half in what was an important victory for CSSH.

The remaining four games all ended in a draw. Longueuil and the CF Montreal Academy played to a 1-1 stalemate, with the goals coming 14 minutes apart in the second half.

A fascinating encounter in Laval saw FC Laval draw 2-2 with CS Mont-Royal Outremont. The sides took the lead once each, only to lose it moments later. In the end, nothing could separate FC Laval and CSMRO.

Sunday’s first match saw Ottawa South United and AS Laval finish one goal apiece. Darreen Bouaziz-Ali’s opener for OSU was canceled out by Vasilios Tiniakos with 13 minutes to play.

The round concluded with Royal Select Beatport and Celtix du Haut Richelieu playing to a 2-2 draw. Arthur Polla equalized in the 85th minute for the visitors just two minutes after going behind.

Things are heating up in Ligue1 Quebec after the seventh round of fixtures: St-Laurent, who was off this weekend, is now level with St-Hubert and FC Laval on 11 points. Just two points behind the trio are Blainville and CSMRO, while OSU is a further point below. CF Montreal and Beauport are in seven points, while AS Laval and CHR sit on six points. Longueuil is last on four points.

Next week will have a pair of match rounds. The biggest match of Wednesday’s five games is Blainville and St-Laurent, while next weekend’s top clash will again involve the defending champions, who will face CSMRO away.

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