May 19, 2024
  • May 19, 2024

League1 Canada Men’s Review – Week 1

By on April 30, 2024 0 660 Views

In the first of a new series, we at Northern Tribune will be providing a weekly recap of everything that went on in the previous week of League1 Canada action. This article will touch upon the men’s leagues. You can find the women’s recap here.

Support Northern Tribune On Patreon

While League1 Alberta action does not occur until May, we still had plenty of football occur across League1 BC, League1 Ontario, and Ligue1 Quebec. Here is a look back at what happened, and where things are at early on in the campaign.

League1 BC: Rivers the Only Winner

The League1 BC Men’s Division kicked off its third season on Sunday with three games: Following Victoria Highlanders’ withdrawal, TSS Rovers had the week off, allowing them to prepare for Wednesday’s Canadian Championship clash with Pacific.

The first two games of the new season ended in draws. Vancouver Whitecaps Academy and Unity played to a 1-1 finish. Patrick Izett’s opener came less than a minute into the match, with the equalizer coming half an hour in.

Burnaby FC’s maiden League1 BC game ended in goals galore as they drew 3-3 with last year’s expansion side Harbourside FC. A frenetic final 15 minutes of the first half saw both sides take the lead, and equalize. Lachlan Will (Burnaby) and Vasilis Bagiopoulos (Harbourside) both scored braces for their sides in what was an entertaining contest.

The last game of the round saw Rivers FC get the better of Altitude courtesy of a 36th minute goal from Hagon Kim. It ended 1-0, giving Rivers the only win of the week across League1 BC’s men’s action.

Altitude will have the week off next week, as Saturday will see a double-header: Burnaby will host Unity, while Harbourside battles Rivers. Sunday will conclude the round as the Whitecaps host TSS Rovers.

League1 Ontario: Exciting New Season Begins

After the L1 Cup kicked things off the previous weekend, League1 Ontario came back with a bang. In what is the first season under the new format, which features promotion and relegation, a dozen matches took place across the weekend.

League1 Ontario Premier Division: Late Drama and Six-Goal Thriller

The new Premier Division got underway on Friday at Tim Hortons Field, as regular season champions Scrosoppi FC came away with a 2-0 win over ten-man Sigma. Khody Ellis and Tomasz Skublak got the goals for Scrosoppi, both in the second half. However. it was former Forge development player Simon Guardiero’s red card three minutes into the second period proved to be the difference as Sigma succumbed to defeat.

Saturday’s early game saw a dramatic 2-2 draw between Prostars and Alliance as Noah Beckford’s 97th minute goal was enough to give Prostars a point. Later on, Guelph United got the better of Hamilton United Elite via Jared Agyemang’s penalty with about a quarter of the game to play. Donart Beqiri’s red card in stoppage time did not hinder Guelph in coming out on top by a 1-0 scoreline.

All three of Sunday’s games saw injury time goals. The first game saw Burlington come from two goals down to beat North Toronto Nitros 3-2. An overhead kick from Augustus Oku, his second of the game, completed the comeback for Burlington, resulting in their win over the 10 men of North Toronto.

At Sheridan College, Blue Devils and Woodbridge Strikers provided the most action for the weekend, with six goals evenly split. The guests struck with two goals from Rolando Marshall in the first half. The Blue Devils came roaring back with three goals, including what they thought to have been the winner in the 89th minute. However, Woodbridge was not done, as a 91st minute equalizer saw them steal a point in the end.

Vaughan Azzurri and Simcoe County Rovers closed out the weekend in the Match of the Week. The last two playoff winners squared off in Vaughan, with the late drama continuing. The hosts took the lead just before the hour mark, only for Justyn Thomas to find the back of the net with a bicycle kick in the 96th minute to grab a point for Simcoe.

Week two will have a pair of games on Satuday, as Hamilton United faces Prostars and Simcoe County battles Alliance. The remaining four games take place on Sunday. Blue Devils welcomes Scrosoppi, Burlington meets Sigma, Woodbridge hosts North Toronto, and Vaughan Azzurri takes on Guelph.

League1 Ontario Championship: Toronto FC Returns With a Bang

The Championship Division got underway on Friday, as Toronto FC Academy beat Darby 4-1. First half braces from Luca Accettola and Phillip Igbinobaro saw TFC well on their way to victory. Darby did score one early in the second half, but it proved to be just a consolation marker.

Friday’s other match saw North Mississauga and St. Catharine’s Roma Wolves play to a 2-2 draw. Ronaldo Homenszki’s brace cancelled the visitors’ own goal five minutes in, but would it would not be enough as North Mississauga equalized in the 96th minute. In the end, both teams had to be satisfied with a point.

FC London and Windsor FC both ended with 10 men in Saturday’s game, yet it was the former who came away with a 2-1 success. Windsor did score deep into stoppage time, but it would not be enough to rescue a point.

Goals in both halves saw BVB IA Waterloo top Pickering FC 2-1 away, with both side’s receiving a red card apiece. In the final match on Saturday, Osman Hussein’s goal was enough for Unionville Milliken to defeat Master’s FA 1-0 at home.

Week two will see three Friday games, as Waterloo welcomes London, Pickering meets St. Catharine’s, and Darby takes on Unionville. Saturday ends the round as Master’s meets TFC, while Windsor battles North Mississauga.

League2 Ontario: BVB Waterloo Prevails in Lone Match

Just one game happened in the new League2 Ontario this week, which features 21 reserve sides from the top two divisions, as well as Sudbury Cyclones, Rush Canada, and The Borough FC. Waterloo got the better of St. Catharine’s Roma Wolves on Monday in the Southwest Division.

The remaining Southwest Division matches will occur this week. London faces Hamilton United on Tuesday, Saturday pits together Rush Canada and Scrosoppi, and Sunday’s tilt will be between Windsor and Guelph.

The Northeast Division begins on Tuesday as Unionville meets Pickering. A day later, Darby meets Vaughan, while on Friday, Master’s welcomes Simcoe County Rovers. Saturday completes the round as Sudbury’s first-ever league match will be at home to Alliance.

As for the Central Conference, Wednesday will kick things off with two games. Blue Devils and Woodbridge meet as well as North Mississauga hosting the Prostars. The Borough commences their maiden league season on Saturday at home to North Toronto. Monday’s final game of the round sees Burlington welcome Sigma.

CS Saint-Laurent Mamadou Kane
Photo Credit: Move Photography

Ligue1 Quebec: St-Laurent Dominates Once Again

The second week of the Ligue1 Quebec season another full slate of games over the weekend. Due to Lanaudiere-Nord pulling out before the season started, Mont-Royal Outremont had the bye.

The first game was on Saturday as CF Montreal and Celtix du Haut-Richelieu played to a 2-2 draw in Montreal. The away side was saved by Simeon Lalande, who scored four minutes from time to snatch a point for CHR.

AS Laval and AS Blainville drew 1-1 on Saturday. Both goals came late with as Blainville taking the lead with 10 minutes to play. However, the hosts responded in stoppage time through Noah Nseke to claim a point.

2022 champions FC Laval won the next match, topping Longueuil 4-1 away. Three goals in the final ten minutes did the damage for Laval as they through to get their first win of the campaign.

Nine goals were scored in the last Saturday game, as defending champions CS Saint-Laurent beat St-Hubert 7-2. Mouhamadou Kane’s seven-minute hat-trick midway through the second half sent the hosts on their way as they impressed in their opener. Saint-Laurent faces HFX Wanderers on Thursday in the Canadian Championship.

Ottawa South United and Royal Select Beauport closed the week with a 2-2 draw. The former scored in the 95th minute at home to avoid defeat.

No team has two wins from their opening two games in Ligue1 Quebec, as Blainville, CF Montreal, St-Laurent, and FC Laval all have four points to their name. AS Laval, Celtix du Haut-Richelieu, and Beauport have two points each, with Longueuil and Ottawa South United on one each. CSMRO and St-Hubert both have no points, but have only played one game apiece.

Week three will commence on Friday as Blainville hosts CF Montréal. Saturday’s lone match pits together FC Laval and OSU. Sunday ends the round as Beauport meets AS Laval, St-Hubert hosts CSMRO, and St-Laurent faces Longueuil. Celtix du Haut-Richelieu will have the week off.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *