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League1 Canada Men’s Review: Week 10

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After another great week of football across the country, Northern Tribune continues to provide weekly recaps of all League1 Canada games. In what is the ninth week of the reviews, we are near the end of the regular season in British Columbia and Alberta, while Ontario and Quebec are at the midway point in their seasons.

This article takes a look back at all of the matches on the men’s side. For the League1 Canada women’s review, be sure to read that linked here.

League1 BC: TSS Rovers, Altitude Win Big

This week’s League1 BC action took place across three days. Wednesday kicked off the week’s play as Unity and Vancouver Whitecaps Academy drew 1-1. In what was a tight contest, Joel Badger opened the scoring for Unity 15 minutes in. However, the Whitecaps got their share of the spoils just past the hour mark, courtesy of Admirmahdi Ghasemi.

Friday night’s game saw a rather convincing win for TSS Rovers, who topped Rivers 5-1 at Swangard. Taking a 2-0 lead into the break, the Rovers conceded just a few minutes into the second half. A minute later, they scored their third, pulling away to pick up a convincing win.

Saturday’s curtain closer for round 11 saw Altitude beat Burnaby FC 5-1 away. The game was at 2-1 for quite a while, with the first three goals coming in the first 25 minutes of the game. Then, in the 57th minute, Ambrose Tinmouth got Altitude’s third, and, like TSS Rovers the day before, the guests cruised from there.

We have an intense three-horse race for the regular season title between Altitude, Whitecaps Academy, and TSS Rovers. This will be a fascinating watch going into the final couple of weeks of the season.

There are four games on the docket for League1 BC next week. Friday night will see TSS Rovers host Burnaby. Saturday has two games, as the Whitecaps meets Harbourside, and Rivers battles Unity. Sunday will have the game of the week, as Altitude welcomes TSS Rovers.

League1 Alberta: Tartans, Foothills With Narrow Wins

League1 Alberta only had two games this week, both on Tuesday. We had to wait for virtually the whole match between Edmonton Scottish and BTB Academy to find the game’s only goal, scored by the former’s Philip Masri in the 94th minute. The Tartans prevailed 1-0 as a result, in what was a dramatic conclusion to the match.

Tuesday’s other game also ended 1-0, this time in favour of Calgary Foothills, over Cavalry U-21. Gareth Smith-Doyle got the game’s only goal 20 minutes in to seal the win for the Foothills. The Cavs ended the game with ten men, as Lukas Pereja Duque received a second yellow just before the end.

Edmonton Scottish’s win increased their lead over Calgary Blizzard to four points, while the Foothills passed Cavalry in the standings as a result of their win. Still, only four points separate the second place Blizzard with Cavalry.

Tuesday will have one game as St. Albert Impact meets BTB Academy. Friday’s full round of play sees St. Albert welcome Callies United, BTB Academy meet Cavalry, and Calgary Foothills face off against Edmonton Scottish.

League1 Ontario: League Title, Promotion/Relegation Heating Up

We had another full round of action across the board in League1 Ontario. Titles, promotion, and relegation are all on the line as we reach the midway point of the season.

League1 Ontario Premier: Woodbridge and Vaughan Pick Up Crucial Wins

The League1 Ontario Premier Division round 11 kicked off on Friday night as the North Toronto Nitros beat Guelph United 4-0 at home. Fadi Salback got a goal in each half for the Nitros as they continued their positive season.

Saturday saw Sigma earn a vital 1-0 victory over Hamilton United Elite. The game’s only goal came from Forge winger Kevaughn Tavernier in the 49th minute to lift Sigma out of the relegation places, and dig a deeper hole for Hamilton. The guests are still without a win all year in league (and cup) play.

Meanwhile, in Burlington, the visiting Woodbridge Strikers came from a goal down to get the better of Burlington SC. It ended 2-1 for the away side, who played up a man for the final 13 minutes as Joseph Nagnonhou picked up two yellow cards. Burlington has now gone winless in their last four games, losing three of them.

Saturday’s final match saw Prostars defeat Scrosoppi 2-1 at home. Milan Beader and Taha Ilyass scored the goals on either side of the half for Prostars, who managed to hold on despite Faris Ammari’s 50th minute goal for Scrosoppi.

Sunday saw an entertaining match in Oakville finish 3-2 in favour of the Blue Devils over the visiting Simcoe County Rovers. All five goals came in the second half, with three goals coming in stoppage time. In the end, the Blue Devils got over the line, as the Rovers, who played most of the second half down a man following keeper Rimi Olatunji’s red card, slumped to another defeat.

The last match of the round ended in a Vaughan Azzurri victory, 3-1 over Alliance United. The hosts got two second half goals 12 minutes apart to break the tie, after both sides found the back of the net in the first 15 minutes of the game.

Only four points separate first and fifth in the league, as Woodbridge now holds a three-point advantage over Alliance, Burlington, and Vaughan. Scrosoppi is a point behind the aforementioned trio in what is an incredible title race.

Next week will have two midweek games, with Woodbridge’s trip to Vaughan to face the Azzurri being a huge match. Burlington and Scrosoppi will be the match of the weekend on Sunday as the former will look to get back to winning ways.

League1 Ontario Championship: London Hits Four

It was a crazy weekend of play in the League1 Ontario Championship Division as all ten teams found the back of the net. Things started with a back-and-forth contest in St. Catharines as the St. Catharines Roma Wolves held their nerve to defeat Darby 3-2. Both sides held the lead in this one, as the hosts got two late goals from Gerard Forner to beat their Whitby-based guests.

In Waterloo, TFC Academy earned a 2-1 victory at BVB IA Waterloo. Goals from either side of the interval from Michael Lee and Ethan King sent TFC on their way to three points. A Zach Ellis-Hayden marker in the 91st minute proved to be just a consolation for Waterloo.

Friday’s other clash saw Unionville Milliken beat North Mississauga 3-1 away. George Akpabio found the net twice for Unionville on either side of Luc Colombe’s goal for North Miss. Maxim Moreau added a third close to the end to assure his side all three points.

Saturday had the remaining two matches, as Windsor City and Master’s FA played to a 2-2 stalemate. Both sides held the lead in this one, as Master’s scored twice within the space of five minutes to take a lead into the break. 10 minutes into the second half, however, Matthew Andres levelled the score to give his side a point.

FC London closed out the round with a 4-2 success over Pickering FC. The guests actually had the lead going into the break, as Myro Zastavnyy scored a brace in the final five minutes of the first half. However, Efosa Emovon found the net twice in less than two minutes to turn things around for London, who held on in the end.

It is really tight between London and TFC Academy, with just two points separating them. Unionville also remains in the title race, although they are six points back. Beyond that, five points separate the remaining teams in the division, though North Mississauga only has one win on the year, which does not look promising.

There are six games in L1O Championship next week, starting with St. Catharines hosting Master’s on Wednesday night. The Roma Wolves will be back at it on Friday night, as they welcome FC London. Darby takes on Waterloo, Pickering meets TFC Academy, and North Miss battles Windsor City, all on Friday. Master’s will complete the round on Saturday against Unionville.

League2 Ontario: Cyclones Strike, Rush Wins Again

There were 13 games in League2 Ontario this past week as the teams continue to push for a playoff spot. The Central Conference had five games, with three on Wednesday. A pair of 2-2 draws took place between Blue Devils and Burlington, and North Mississauga and Sigma.

The other match on Wednesday saw North Toronto come from a goal down to defeat The Borough 2-1. The visitors took the lead a half an hour in, before a red card to John Ribeiro just ahead of the break, being the difference maker. The Nitros turned things around in the second half to pick up the win.

The Borough did not have time to sulk as they were back at it on Saturday. This time, they managed to get a point in a 1-1 draw against Prostars. Alex Maadanian gave his side the lead just as he did on Wednesday. A Luigi Bello equalizer saw the teams split the points. Sunday’s last game of the round saw Woodbridge get the better of North Toronto 1-0 away.

The Northeast Conference kicked off its four games with a 4-0 Darby win over Unionville on Wednesday night. Thursday saw the remaining all-reserve team games, as Alliance United topped Master’s 2-0, while Vaughan Azzurri edged Pickering 1-0.

Saturday closed the round, as Sudbury Cyclones defeated Simcoe County Rovers 2-1. It was a comeback for the Cyclones, as Jayden Santos and Cedric Devos turned things around after Diego Herrera gave the Rovers the lead 15 minutes in.

The Southwest Conference had two games on Wednesday. In Waterloo, Rush Canada defeated BVB IA Waterloo 1-0 in a close match, decided by a 50th minute Harky Sahota goal. Wednesday’s other game saw Guelph beat Hamilton United 1-0. Sunday saw Windsor City win 2-0 over FC London, while Guelph compelted the round with a 2-1 defeat of St. Catharines on Monday.

As things stand, Scrosoppi, Woodbridge, and Sudbury would be the conference winners, joined by Alliance as the wildcard team in the playoffs. There will be another 12 games next week as things intensify going into the end of the regular season.

Ligue1 Quebec: FC Laval Continues Domination

There were six games in Ligue1 Quebec this past week as the race for the L1Q Cup spots continue to intensify. Things kicked off on Wednesday as CS St-Hubert defeated Academie CF Montreal 2-1. Lindon Browne and Xavier Malo scored the goals for the hosts, who continue their impressive season.

Two days later, St-Hubert took to the field again, but this time, things did not go their way. Despite levelling the score twice at home to FC Laval, the league leaders won 5-2. Five different players found the back of the net for FC Laval, as their three second half goals proved to be enough.

Sunday had the remaining four games of the round. It started with a surprising 2-1 win for Royal Select Beauport over the defending champions CS Saint-Laurent. The home side came from behind in this one, as Arthur Polla’s 77th minute winner ultimately doing the damage.

Celtix du Haut Richelieu also managed a 2-1 home win, over Ottawa South United. The home team went in front 36 minutes in, only to be pegged back just before the break. Nevertheless, CHR was not to be denied, claiming a winner 20 minutes from time to pick up a second win of the season.

A strong performance from CS Longueuil saw them beat AS Plainville 2-1 away. Charles-Emils Brunet scored both goals for Longueuil, who held on despite conceding in the 89th minute.

The last game of the week ended honours even between CS Mont-Royal Outermont and AS Laval. Neither side could find the back of the net in the 0-0 draw, as CSMRO drew for the sixth time this term.

FC Laval continues to hold a six-point lead at the top of Ligue1 Quebec, as they are six wins away from a return to the Canadian Championship next year. St-Hubert (20 points) and St-Laurent (19) follow, the latter playing a game less. From there, the remaining eight teams are separated by nine points.

Next week will have another full slate of action, with three Saturday matches. AS Laval will host CHR, Longueuil takes on Beauport, while the match of the round will see St-Laurent and FC Laval, the league’s last two champions, square off. Sunday will see Ottawa battle Blainville, and CF Montreal take on CSMRO. St-Hubert will have the week off.

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