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League1 Canada Men’s Review – Week 2

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Another week of breathtaking action transpired across the League1 Canada men’s landscape. It was a special week for League1 Canada football across the country, with CS Saint-Laurent stunning HFX Wanderers on penalties in the Canadian Championship.

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However, in what is the second article in our recap series, we take a look back at what went down across men’s football in League1 Canada. If you are looking for the women’s recap, you can find that here.

League1 BC: Three Games, Three Winners

The second weekend of the League1 BC season saw three winners across the three matches, including two road wins.

Burnaby FC and Unity kicked things off on Saturday, with the latter picking up a 3-1 win at Burnaby Lake West. All four goals came in the second half. Despite Hamish Ogden cancelling Grant Verhoeven’s opener, Unity managed to get two goals later on to claim all three points. It was a first win for the Surrey-based outfit on the year.

Saturday’s other match saw Harbourside defeat Rivers 2-0 at home. Goals in either half did the trick for the hosts, who now have scored five goals across their opening two matches.

TSS Rovers, who nearly knocked out Pacific in the Canadian Championship on Wednesday, concluded the round with an impressive 4-1 at Vancouver Whitecaps Academy. Four different goalscorers got the job done for Rovers, who led 3-0 at halftime. All-in-all, a complete performance gave the guests a deserved win.

The four teams to have won thus far – Harbourside, Unity, TSS Rovers, and Rivers – occupy the playoff spots after two weeks. Burnaby and Whitecaps Academy have a point each, while Altitude, who was on bye this week, has nothing on the board.

There will be four games in League1 BC next week: Wednesday’s action will see Altitude face the Whitecaps. The other three games will occur on Saturday at the same time: Altitude will again play host, this time to Rivers; Harbourside welcomes Whitecaps Academy, and finally Unity battles TSS Rovers. Burnaby will have the week off.

League1 Alberta: New Era Begins This Week

Fans of League1 Alberta, Tuesday will mark a new era for you. The newest of the leagues under the League1 Canada umbrella kicks off, with last year’s champions, the Calgary Foothills, hosting new side Callies United.

Tuesday will feature in-town games in League1 Alberta, while Fridays pit together Calgary-based teams with their Edmonton-based counterparts. Speaking of Friday, that will be the first full slate of games: Cavalry’s U-21 side hosts Edmonton Scottish, BTB Academy takes on Calgary Blizzard, and Calgary Foothills faces St. Albert Impact. The Callies will be out of action that night.

As a quick reminder, the seven sides meet home and away over two and a half months of action. The top two teams will meet for the title in late July. It is expected that the winner of the playoff game will represent Alberta in the Canadian Championship next year.

League1 Ontario: More Goals Galore to Start the Year

As was the case last week, we were treated to goals all across the province of Ontario. With League2 getting underway, all L1O sides have now played at least once. Here is a look at what happened:

League1 Ontario Premier Division: Scrosoppi Impresses, Rovers Stunned

Week two of the L1O Premier Division got underway on Saturday at McMaster University. There, Hamilton United Elite and Prostars played to a 1-1 draw. Youssef Zaghloul opened the scoring for the hosts, but Prostars earned their point 20 minutes from the end courtesy of Bradley Ogbevoun. In the end, it was a point apiece.

Perhaps the shock of the weekend happened in Barrie, as last year’s playoff champions Simcoe County Rovers fell 3-1 to Alliance United. Two goals in the first quarter of the match sent Alliance on their way, and despite Rovers finding their goal on the hour mark, the away side scored a third and then held on.

On Sunday, Scrosoppi beat Blue Devils 5-0 in Oakville. A Khody Ellis brace in the first half put Scrosoppi in a good position, but they seldom stopped there. By halftime it was 3-0, and at the end they ran away with a 5-0 result.

The other results read Burlington 3-1 Sigma, Woodbridge Strikers 2-0 North Toronto Nitros, and Vaughan Azzurri 3-1 Guelph United. Burlington had to come from a goal down to pick up the win, thanks in part to an Augustus Oku brace.

Scrosoppi and Burlington are a perfect two-from-two to commence their season. North Toronto and Sigma will look for their first points, having lost their opening two. Otherwise, it is a tight pack to start the year, with place three through ten separated by just three points.

Matchweek three will have five games on Saturday: Guelph United takes on Burlington to start the day. Later on, Simcoe County hosts Woodbridge and Alliance entertains Sigma. Scrosoppi FC versus North Toronto and Prostars versus Vaughan will round out the day’s action. Sunday’s lone game will see Hamilton United take on the Blue Devils.

League1 Ontario Championship Division: TFC, Windsor Score For Fun

The second week of the L1O Championship started on Friday with three games. A flurry of first half goals saw FC London come from behind to beat BVB IA Waterloo 3-1 away. Pickering FC also got the job done, beating St. Catharine’s Roma Wolves 2-1 at home. Michael Salomon’s 66th minute goal was not enough for the away side, who came away empty-handed.

Darby came from behind to pick up a 3-1 home win over Unionville Milliken, who had two players pick up red cards after the final whistle.

On Saturday, TFC Academy topped Master’s FA 4-2 away. Although the home side went down 2-0 and tied the game, they still succumbed to defeat. Two goals in 12 second half minutes were enough for TFC Academy to pick up the three points.

Windsor City closed out the round with a 5-2 victory over North Mississauga, with Khalifa Ihmouda’s late brace securing the win for the hosts.

TFC Academy and FC London start off a perfect 2-0-0, and are the early contenders for promotion. Master’s is the only team without a point, putting them in the relegation playoff spot. A third successive defeat could put them in early trouble.

Friday will have another three games, starting with Waterloo taking on Darby. Shortly after, North Mississauga faces Pickering, before St, Catharine’s meets Master’s.

Saturday pits together TFC Academy and Windsor City, before Sunday concludes the round with Unionville and FC London.

League2 Ontario: Sudbury Wins Big in Opener

League2 Ontario commenced its first full week of play, as all 24 teams have all played once.

The Sudbury Cyclones picked up their maiden league win in the Northeast Division on Saturday, beating Alliance 4-0. Oluwatimilehin Olatoke’s hat-trick sealed the deal for the hosts in what was a perfect way to start life for Sudbury.

Across the other games in the Northeast Division, Unionville beat Pickering 3-0 (Tuesday), Darby fell 2-1 to Vaughan (Wednesday), while Master’s edged Simcoe 3-2 (Friday).

The Central Division also got underway this week, with The Borough FC playing their first league match. However, unlike fellow expansion side Sudbury, it was defeat at home to North Toronto. The hosts fell just short in their comeback, ultimately losing out 3-2. Tickets to home matches at the historic Birchmount Stadium are free, by the way.

Other games in the Central Division were Woodbridge’s 2-1 victory over Blue Devils, North Mississauga beating Prostars 4-1 (both Wednesday), and Sigma prevailing 4-2 over Burlington (Monday).

The remaining games in the Southwest Division took place across the week. Despite going a man down, Scrosoppi still managed to get the better of Rush Canada 2-0 away. Goals in either half did the trick to spoil Rush’s opener.

FC London and Hamilton United played to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday, while Guelph triumphed 3-0 over Windsor.

Over the next week, there will be 15 matches to look forward to in League2 Ontario – five in each division.

Ligue1 Québec: FC Laval, Beauport Prevail

Ligue1 Quebec is already three weeks into the season, with the league already looking very close. It will be fascinating to see how the campaign goes here.

Friday’s sole match saw AS Blainville and CF Montreal play to a 1-1 stalemate. Both goals came early on in each half, as both sides ultimately had to settle for a point.

Saturday saw FC Laval defeat Ottawa South United 3-1 at home. It was a late flurry of goals for the hosts, who fell behind midway through the second half. All three of Laval’s goals came in the 84th minute or later to pull them through.

Sunday’s trio of games ended the round. Royal Select Beauport topped AS Laval 4-1 at home. Lukumbi Tshindaye hit a brace to set his team up for victory. A pair of goals in either half were enough for Beauport to prevail.

It only took CS Mont-Royal Outremont two minutes to pull ahead of St-Hubert, only for the hosts to hit back in the 92nd minute through Renaud Caron to snag a point at the death. It ended 1-1, though the point might not be seen the same way for the two sides.

The last game of the round also ended 1-1, as CS Saint-Laurent – on short rest from their midweek cup success – drew versus Longueuil. Sixteen minutes separated the goals as Saint-Laurent was unable to hold onto their lead.

FC Laval is out in front with seven points from three games. Blainville, CF Montreal, St-Laurent, and Beauport are the chasing pack, each on five points. AS Laval, Celtix du Haut-Richelieu, and Longueuil are on two points, while CSMRO, St-Hubert, and Ottawa South United are on one point.

Friday will commence round four as AS Laval welcomes FC Laval in the derby. Saturday pits together Longueuil and St-Hubert as both still look for their first win. Sunday will have the last three games: CF Montreal battles Beauport, Ottawa South United meets St-Laurent, and CSMRO faces Celtix du Haut-Richelieu. Blainville will have the week off.

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