July 14, 2024
  • July 14, 2024

League1 Canada Men’s Review – Week 11

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The teams are being whittled down as one by one, the point gaps become too large to overcome, and the championships are so close to being won. League1 Canada’s time is now and matchweek 11 has left fans with so much to be excited for!

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

Photo Credit: Unity FC

League1 BC: Casualties Claimed

TSS Rovers FC 2 – 1 Burnaby FC

Vancouver Whitecaps Academy 1 – 2 Harbourside FC

Rivers FC 3 – 2 Unity FC

Altitude FC 0 – 1 TSS Rovers FC

Massud Habibullah and his Rovers had quite the week as his side plus three others jockey for position within the top half of the table. With teams now having only one or two games left apiece and a spot in the 2025 Canadian Championship on the line, it’s now or never in L1BC.

With a top four as volatile as ever, the TSS Rovers are the most recent side to take the mantle of first place this season – at the expense of Burnaby FC’s season, however. A brace by Massud Habibullah would officially eliminate Burnaby’s men’s squad from playoff contention, despite Stuart Klenner’s goal at the 74th minute, leaving them eight points out with only two games left.

Photo Credit: Alex Beckett (IG: @alexbeckettphotography)

With Harbourside so close to clinching a play-off spot for the first time in their club’s history, their meeting with the Whitecaps – who sit directly above them in third – was all important. Rallying around a renewed spirit even after the ‘Caps opened the score at the 41’, current Golden Boot leader Billy Bagiopoulos tied it in the 52′ with teammate Charlie Purcell netting his third of 2024 with only three minutes left to take the W.

Hillside Stadium was the place to be on Saturday however as a tense tit-for-tat battle went down between hosts Rivers and their Surrey-based Unity opponents. Twice did Rivers take the lead only for Unity to tie it up shortly thereafter. It would take the late sub of Domenico Comita to come on at the 85′ to break the game once and for all in added time, keeping Unity out of a playoff spot.

TSS then doubled down later in the week on Sunday during the second installation of the Ironworkers Derby against Altitude FC. With a quiet first half, both teams amped up their performances come the second and this started with what would ultimately become the game-winning goal off of Habibullah. Despite numerous chances for North Van’s finest, it wasn’t enough to beat keeper Justyn Sandhu, keeping the Rovers in first.

Photo Credit: Adrien Bazinet (IG: @adrien.b.photography)

League1 Alberta: There’s Always Next Year, Callies…

St. Albert Impact 1 – 1 BTB SC

St. Albert Impact 4 – 0 Callies United

BTB SC 1 – 1 Cavalry FC U21

Calgary Foothills SC 0 – 0 Edmonton Scottish

An impressive double-point match week for the Impact has redefined the top half of the L1AB table while the Scottish have come to a grinding halt, recording only one win since June 1st. Elsewhere saw the Blizzard hold onto third due to the Foothills’ draw on Friday. Here’s how all the action went down.

Only five points back from first in L1AB, the Impact are looking to scavenge any points they can from their remaining three matches. Come Tuesday, a testy match defined both sides as two goals plus nine bookings highlighted the night, with Michael Cox coming as close as possible to soccer’s version of a ‘Gordie Howe Hat Trick’ as he netted the tying goal and acquired a red card come the 90+4′.

League1 Alberta BTB SC Callies United
Photo Credit: Adrien Bazinet (IG: @adrien.b.photography)

The St. Albert Impact continued points streak and beat down on an already bruised Callies United. With Cassie, Kwizera, and Maheshe all highlight the first half with goals, the prospects of a Callies win were slim. And then come the second, even when down to 10-men following Impact player Vlad Satsevych’s accumulation red, they were still able to get a fourth goal by Maheshe again to end the game four-nil.

In a battle near the bottom, the Cavalry U-21’s and BTB SC’s squad racked up over three-times as many cards as they did goals collectively. While the game was tied up late at the 87′ by BTB, this aggressive and tense match was dominated by the seven yellow cards handed out, including one to the Cavs’ Gaffer Vikram Virk in added time.

With a fourth-placed Foothills side looking to shoot up into second on Friday, it was no wonder that both theirs and their opponents’ keepers were on the top of their games. Another feisty meeting with five yellows and a red could not seem to find a winner, splitting the points evenly between the two sides.

Photo Credit: Bob Twidle / League1 Ontario

League1 Ontario: A Four-Legged Race

Across the league, League1 Ontario fans were treated with intense and engaging matches up and down the pyramid. With the Strikers stumbling, the Wolves winning, and the Cyclones sucking up everything in their path, there was something for all fans to enjoy this past matchweek.

League1 Ontario – Premiership

Sigma FC 1 – 1 Alliance United FC

Vaughan Azzurri 2 – 2 Woodbridge Strikers

Simcoe Country Rovers FC 3 – 1 Hamilton United

Alliance United FC 0 – 2 Blue Devils FC

Burlington SC 0 – 2 Scrosoppi FC

Guelph United FC 4 – 0 Sigma FC

Woodbridge Strikers 0 – 1 ProStars FC

Vaughan Azzurri 3 – 1 North Toronto Nitros

Alliance and their compatriots at the top of the Premier division table are in a tight race with only five points separating first and fifth. Seeing this, it is sure to have been a downer when keeper Lucas Birnstingl was beat by Sigma’s Kevaughn Tavernier for the tying goal, one which would ultimately split the points.

Similarly, when the league-leading Woodbridge visited their third-place opponents in Vaughan, despite goals by Meczarski and Mac to take the lead, the hosting Azzurri would tie it up in the last ten minutes. Playing the hero for the home crowd were Mateo Caride and Omar Marzouk at the 85′ and 88′ respectively, keeping the ‘Bridge in striking distance.

Despite a missed penalty in the first half for sure dampening the spirts of Rovers fans across J.C. Massie Field, their disappointment would be short lived thanks to a rallying effort by their boys in white. A brace by Jevonate Layne (goals separated by three minutes nonetheless) as well as a beautiful strike by CJ Smith would outweigh Hamilton’s single goal, denying the visitors their first win of the season.

With Alliance three points out from first, any points they can muster up would be beneficial, however the Blue Devils – spoilers they are – had other plans. Two late goals (74′ and 90+7′) would put the visiting Devils over the top. Despite sitting in the bottom tier of the play-off picture, the Devils played their role well and are now one step closer to fourth place.

With both sides having yet to lodge a win since early June, this match was truly a toss-up between either Scrosoppi and Burlington. Yet the Bayhawks would come up short as following Tommy Skublak’s 21′ goal, their defence would struggle against the visitors’ attack. Come the 81′ and Scrosoppi would net their second off the foot of substitute Omari Correrell, denying the Bayhawks a higher berth.

Photo Credit: Kevin Raposo / League1 Ontario

Guelph’s performances this season have been shaky at best, with Justin Springer’s side only registering four wins out of 12 games on the season. This was not at all the case on Sunday as they hosted Sigma FC. With both Colin Gander and Jared Ageymang – members of the Royal City’s 2021 championship side – finding mesh alongside teammate Kyle Cordeiro, it would be a good night for the home crowd as Guelph brought home a 4-nil victory.

Woodbridge would fail once again this week to capitalize on points, and this time it was in a match they truly should have won. Going up against the 4W-3D-5L ProStars FC, the Strikers were just unable to find glory while ProStars forward Tomas Joseph brought elation to his bench with a 25′ strike to send his team over the top.

Taking the good vibes from their meeting with the Strikers earlier in the week, the Azzurri were able to fly high over North Toronto on Sunday. With Campoli, Walkes, and Mohamed scoring for Vaughan, the Nitros would struggle to generate offence themselves outside of Fadi Salback’s penalty at the 78′.

Photo Credit: Vasiliy Ryabykh / League1 Ontario

League1 Ontario – Championship

St. Catharines Roma Wolves 2 – 1 Master’s FA

St. Catharines Roma Wolves 2 – 0 FC London

Darby FC 4 – 2 BVB IA Waterloo

Pickering FC 1 – 5 TFC Academy

North Mississauga SC 6 – 1 Windsor City FC

Master’s FA 1 – 2 Unionville Milliken SC

The Roma Wolves began their week on Wednesday with a surprising start as 9′ in and they were down one-nil to the eighth-placed Master’s FA. Luckily for the Niagara side, they were able to steal the lead and eventually all three points due to the prowess of Damola Akanni and Ronaldo Homenszki, taking them from 7th to 4th.

A mid-pack match this week had Darby playing host to Borussia Waterloo at the Telus Dome. The first third of the match was quite an even affair, but after Darby’s Justin Irwin broke the deadlock, there was no going back. Teammates Buckley, Buckley again, and Collins would net three more to outnumber the small pushback they received from Waterloo thanks to a great solo effort by Wesley Cain to net a brace for his side.

St. Catharines continued the momentum from their Wednesday meeting into Friday as they hosted FC London. Ronaldo Homenszki would get his ninth on the season, opening the score in the 18′. This was later complimented by Luca Ragagnin’s 63-minute penalty to end the Forest City’s seven-game undefeated streak.

Despite only notching one truly convincing win in June after a string of dominating victories in the first half of the campaign, TFC Academy have returned to form with a 5-1 win over Pickering. Correia would net the first in the 42′ followed by substitute Emile Kisse who found mesh after being on the pitch for only 10 mins. Three more goals would come along including two by Igbinobaro to close out the match and put TFC-A back in first place.

Oh to have seen this contest in person at the Mattamy Sports Park would have been quite a sight to behold. By the time the clock struck the 30′, The NMSC Panthers were already up by four with Windsor responding with nothing. Eventually Gershom Dupuy would get one back, but as Coulombe and Stewart completed their braces, a 6-1 scoreline would keep the home fans entertained.

The prospects of a Master’s relegation are looking more and more realistic every passing match, and unfortunately for Giuseppe Mattace, that trend continued Saturday. An early goal by Unionville put the pressure on and while Timothy Cordova did tie it up for Master’s in the 48′, keeper Danial Sanei was beat only eight minutes later, giving UMSC all three points.

Photo Credit: League1 Ontario

League2 Ontario

(Southwest) FC London II 0 – 5 Scrosoppi FC II

(Southwest) Hamilton United II 1 – 0 BVB IA Waterloo II

(Southwest) Rush Canada Academy 3 – 0 Windsor City FC II

(Northeast) Unionville Milliken SC II 1 – 6 Alliance United FC II

(Northeast) Master’s FA II 5 – 1 Pickering FC II

(Northeast) Sudbury Cyclones 4 – 0 Darby FC II

(Northeast) Vaughan Azzurri II 5 – 0 SC Rovers FC II

(Central) ProStars FC II 1 – 0 Burlington SC II

(Central) Blue Devils FC II 1 – 1 Sigma FC II

(Central) Woodbridge Strikers 0 – 3 The Borough FC

(Central) North Toronto Nitros II 4 – 4 North Mississauga SC II

(Central) Burlington SC II 2 – 3 Woodbridge Strikers

The Cyclones have been delivering non-stop, action-packed soccer all season to the Nickel City having not logged a loss since May 18, and with a +25GD, what is there not to be excited for! Come Saturday when Darby FC’s second squad visited, a pile on led by Marcantognini would see the visitors go down 4-nil by final whistle with Aliu, Spirkoski, and Marcantognini contributing.

Keeping things interesting in the GTA had The Borough FC pulling off a surprising W over the division leading Strikers II on Friday night. Despite a relatively uninspiring start of their club’s existence, Andrew Ornoch’s squad were able to rally well at Vaughan Grove as Whiz Rahimi, Pratik Tamhankar, and John Ribeiro bested Strikers II keeper David Carano.

Photo Credit: Mohammed Taha (IG: mohammed.photographe)

Ligue1 Québec: Pride Comes Before The Fall

AS Laval 4 – 1 Celtix du Haut-Richelieu

CS Longueuil 0 – 2 Royal Selects Beauport

CS Saint-Laurent 0 – 2 FC Laval

OSU Atlético 1 – 0 AS Blainville

Académie CF Montréal 3 – 1 CS Mont-Royal Outremont

Despite being one of the longer seasons under the L1Canada umbrella, the teams are beginning to feel the weight of the campaign weighing on them, and with every passing shot, goal, and challenge, things are heating up in La Belle Province.

CS Saint-Laurent also took part in the inaugural Maple Cup on Wednesday last week. Making the trip down to Burlington, Vermont, they faced off against USL2’s Vermont Green FC for a trophy of surgery proportions. For Northern Tribune’s full coverage of the match, click here.

Photo Credit: Josh Wallace / Vermont Green FC

With very little on the line for either team, a battle for pride was on at Parc de Lausanne as AS Laval hosted the Celtix. Ten minutes in and ASL opened up the scoring off of Prince-Ivan Nginyu. Shawn Anthony Viau would follow-up with two goals of his own while teammate Dany Usengimana rounded out Laval’s 4-1 victory.

Tied perfectly at 4W-4D-5L with their opponents, both CS Longueuil and Royal Beauport sought to one up the other on Saturday. the visiting Quebec City side would make the most of the situation as they found glory in the 42′ and 90+4′ to go up two-nil and steal all three points.

Despite having rested some of their squad during their Wednesday friendly, a strong FC Laval side came out swinging against the rebuilding Saint-Laurent. With a midfield that struggled in transition against FCL’s rapid attack, the visitors quickly took a 1-nil lead after 45. Come the end of the second 45 and Laval had doubled their lead with a second strike past Kosta Maniatis, giving them a six-point lead over second-place CS St-Hubert.

Photo Credit: Mohammed Taha (IG: mohammed.photographe)

Despite AS Blainville not performing as well as they have in previous years, they most likely saw their meeting this week with OSU Atletico as an easier one. However, the hosting OSU were there to put up a fight and with Luca Piccioli’s 55′ strike sinking the hopes of Blainville fans, OSU gained their third win of 2024.

At the other end of the table, CF Montreal’s Academy were hosting the CSMRO Griffons at the Centre Nutrilait on Sunday. A spectacular performance by Loic-Fabien Boumsong would see him net two alongside Marc-Alexandre Emaga’s solo shot to outmatch the Griffons’ offence and Theo Oberhuber-Poulin’s 90+3′ goal.

Header Photo Credit: Tom Ewasiuk / AFTN Canada

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