June 22, 2024
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League1 Canada Men’s Review – Week 5

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With BC bringing the heat, Alberta putting the ‘wild’ in Wild Rose Country, a new leader taking over in Ontario, and CS St-Laurent making their triumphant return to L1Q after taking on TFC, League1 Canada had something for every fan this past week.

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This article looks at all things that happened in League1 Canada’s men’s divisions. For the piece on the women’s action by David Parkes, you can find that recap linked here.

Photo Credit: Altitude FC

League1 BC: A Tight Race to the Top

Burnaby FC 0 – 0 TSS Rovers FC

Harbourside FC 0 – 2 Altitude FC

Unity FC 1 – 0 Rivers FC

With the Whitecaps Academy on a bye-week watching their older brothers take on Inter Miami at home, all the other six L1BC sides were in action in a collection of close games.

Despite an early red card (accumulation) for the Rovers’ Massud Habibullah, Brendan Teeling’s Pirates were able to hold their Burnaby rivals at bay for the whole 90. TSS Rovers could have closed things out in 90+3′ after a careless foul by Douglas Pound, but sent it soaring high and leaving the scoreboard with dual goose-eggs.

Although it would take them well into the second-half to find success, Altitude’s constant possession was bound to be fruitful sooner rather than later. Former York United man Carson Buschman-Dormond and Athos De Siqueira would play the heroes capitalizing on defensive collapses by Harbourside, as seen above.

Rivers’ struggles to find the mesh continued this week against a rebuilt Unity squad. Ultimately Rivers would prove their worst enemy as a foolish challenge by defender Marcus D’Andrea would give Victory Shumbusho his third of the season with a bottom-left corner strike from the spot.

Photo Credit: Dustin Bowdige (IG @dustinbowdigephotography)

League1 Alberta: Cavalry Continues to Capitulate

Calgary Blizzard SC 4 – 2 Cavalry FC U21

St. Albert Impact 4 – 1 Cavalry FC U21

Edmonton Scottish 2 – 0 Calgary Blizzard SC

Callies United 2 – 1 BTB SC

Cavs U-21 head coach Vikram Dirk has a tall order ahead of him as attempts to retool academy side with losses on both Tuesday and Friday, leaving his squad with a 1W-0D-3L record.

It all started during the mid-week intra-city match against the Blizzard. Although Chanan Chanda would get the Cavs on the board first at the 35′, three unanswered goals would make their way past Joseph Holliday. A penalty would give the Cavs hope in the 87′ but a final nail was put in the coffin as Dawid Dudek netted one in added time to make it 4-2.

Cavalry FC’s struggles would continue on Friday as they made their way to Edmonton to take on the top-scoring Impact. And score they did… McLeod, Maheshe, Maheshe again, and Jones would all find glory for the Impact against CFC alternate keeper Neven Fewster. Chanan Chanda, who came close to a first team deal in preseason, would once again serve as the silver lining, getting one for his side in the 56′.

Photo Credit: Dustin Bowdige (IG @dustinbowdigephotography)

The Blizzard would return to action in what was, in the end, a testy and dominant affair. Their Edmonton Scottish opponents would get on the board first only 8′ in as Rilind Idrizi snuck one past Aidan Dumolin. 41 minutes later, teammate Rakan Yassin would follow suit to close out the scoring 2-0 for the Tartans.

Rounding out the week was a fight for third in the standings between BTB and Callies at the Macron Performance Centre in Calgary. The two sides went after each other so much that 11 yellows were shown including two to BTB’s head coach Cedric Haze, booting him from the match. Haze would not miss much as, despite Michael Cox’s 84′ goal, the damage had been done in the first half when Callies netted two and secured the W.

This coming week, the Impact will be looking to steal first place from a Scottish side that plays twice, the Foothills are back in action twice after a bye-week, and Cavalry will be looking for some redemption against a reeling BTB squad.

Photo Credit: League1 Ontario

League1 Ontario: GOAL, GOAL, GOAL

At least in the Premiership this week, the theme was seemingly ‘One-Man Shows’ as fans were treated with four separate multi-goal appearances for individual players across the six games.

Games also resumed in L1 Cup action with both games going to pens to decide the winners. North Toronto would claim victory over Woodbridge Strikers when Gianluca Condello’s pk failed to find mesh, while Scrosoppi would fall to the Bayhawks when Josh Paredes’ attempt was saved.

Let’s get into it all!

League1Ontario – Premiership

Simcoe County Rovers 1 – 2 Burlington SC

Alliance United 5 – 0 Hamilton United

North Toronto Nitros 5 – 1 Sigma FC

Blue Devils FC 3 – 0 ProStars FC

Guelph United FC 1 – 5 Scrosoppi FC

Woodbridge Strikers 2 – 2 Vaughan Azzurri

Simcoe would strike first in front of a home crowd at JC Massie Field after a defensive mix up allowed Jalen Ellis-Watson to slot home the go-ahead goal. Unfortunately this would be SCR’s only time on the board as Bayhawks substitutes Lilli and Aku would net the tying and game winners respectively respectively to give the visitors all three points

Photo Credit: Martin Bazyl / League1 Ontario

The first half would be an even and scoreless affair between Alliance and their Hamilton counterparts, but Nikola Stakic would open up the scoring in the 52′, followed closely by Pablo Hempelmann Perez at the 54′ and Stakic again at the 60′. Teammates Kharyton and Prested would also chip in to the goal line as Alliance routed Hamilton 5-0.

After a disappointing start to the season, the North Toronto Nitros finally secured their first victory of 2022. All the damage would be done in the first half as the Nitros found the net four times in 33 minutes, with midfielder Fadi Salback getting two himself. Despite having gone down to 10-men after Evan Dick’s second yellow card, Sigma would strike back in the 74′ for their sole goal, off of a beautiful free kick from Faisal Ghaffur.

The Blue Devils front line would share the love and the goals in their trouncing of the presently-ninth place ProStars FC. Marcus Riviere and Brandon Duarte would score only 4-minutes apart from one another, the latter coming off of a penalty kick. This would be followed by 60-minutes of action until substitute Jacob Ball would make it 3-0 I added time.

Photo Credit: Martin Bazyl / League1 Ontario

Guelph United have a lot of explaining to do after this week’s performance against Scrosoppi FC. Within 40 minutes, three-time CanPL champion and new Scrosoppi signing Monti Mohsen had a hat trick to his name. Alongside him in the first half domination would be Faris Ammari and Jacob Carlos to make it 5-0. Gray Yates’ 55′ goal would be nothing but a consolation goal, sending the United Front back to the drawing board.

A tense match between Vaughan and Woodbridge rounded out this week’s Premier Division action as the two York Region squads looked to climb the table. Vaughan’s Reshaun Walkes would net the game’s first goal followed 15′ later by Marshall Ronaldo to tie it at one a-piece. Come the last ten minutes, both sides would find the net again with Woodbridge getting the go-ahead in the 81′ but Walkes tying it up in the 88′, leaving it at 2-2.

Photo Credit: Martin Bazyl / League1 Ontario

League1Ontario – Championship

Darby FC 4 – 3 North Mississauga SC

TFC Academy 6 – 0 Pickering FC

St. Catharines Roma Wolves 1 – 2 Windsor City FC

FC London 2 – 1 Master’s FA

Unionville Milliken SC 1 – 1 BVB IA Waterloo

North Mississauga did not go down without a fight in their Friday-night match against Whitby’s Darby FC. Despite the home side going up 3-nil in 30 minutes, the Panthers fought back in the second half with goals by Shooshan, Coulombe, and Yasaka to give the squad life. In the end, Tyler Sukovski’s brace would be the deciding factor in Darby’s ultimate W.

TFC Academy. Just. Can’t. Stop. Scoring! Five games in and they have 26 goals to their name, six of which came this week over Pickering. Emil Kisse’s hat trick, Tyler Zapata’s brace, and Matteo Correia’s sole goal would send their Pickering opponents back down Highway 401 wondering if there was anything they could have done differently.

In this week’s Match of the Week, Windsor went to Wine Country to take on the Roma Wolves at Club Roma. Unlike a nice Cab Merlot that could never be ruined, Windsor spoiled the party as midfielder Gershom Dupuy netted two, one in each half to give his side all three points. The Wolves’ Victor Kariuki would briefly give his side life, but it was short lived.

Photo Credit: Vasiliy Ryabykh / League1 Ontario

In another spicy affair at FC London’s Tricar Field, Forest City’s finest were able to keep TFC Academy within striking distance in the points with a 2-1 win over Master’s. With all three goals this game coming in the first half, it was truly anyone’s to win, but a comeback was not in the cards for the visitors as they slip in eighth.

BVB IA Waterloo were hoping to leapfrog their Unionville counterparts for third place this past weekend, and were almost successful. Logan Rieck got his side on the board first in the 30′ and were able to maintain that lead until the final 20 minutes when Kaden Bennett tied it up for the home side to split the points.

Photo Credit: League1 Ontario

League2 Ontario

(South-West) BVB IA Waterloo II POSTPONED Windsor City FC II

(South-West) Guelph United II 0 – 2 FC London II

(South-West) Hamilton United II 0 – 4 Scrosoppi FC II

(North-East) Vaughan Azzurri II POSTPONED SC Rovers FC II

(North-East) Master’s FC II 5 – 0 Unionville Milliken SC II

(North-East) Pickering FC II 1 – 3 Darby FC II

(North-East) Sudbury Cyclones 4 – 0 SC Rovers FC II

(Central) ProStars FC II 0 – 2 Blue Devils FC II

(Central) Sigma FC II 3 – 0 North Mississauga SC II

(Central) Woodbridge Strikes II 3 – 2 North Toronto Nitros II

(Central) Burlington SC II 1 – 2 The Borough FC

With a dominant showing at home, the Sudbury Cyclones are proving that they deserved a team in League1 Ontario all along. Four unique scorers would give the home crowd and District 49 Supporters Group plenty to cheer about with Devos, Olatoke, Bromfield, and Pankiewicz finding gold. This, all the while the Rovers reserve squad struggled to do much of anything in their offensive third.

The gritty, determined, and strong-willed Borough FC finally found their first three point in club history on Sunday. Despite going down off of Bayhawk Matthew Rogers’ goal in the 54′, the squad rallied two in the 80′ and in added time with Alex Maadanian playing the hero.

Photo Credit: Move Photography (IG @Move.Pix)

Ligue1 Quebec: Upsets and Triumphs

FC Laval 0 – 4 CS St-Hubert

AS Laval 1 – 3 CS Mont-Royal Outremont

CS Longueil 0 – 2 AS Blainville

OSU Atletico 1 – 3 Celtix du Haut-Richelieu

CS St-Laurent 1 – 0 Royal Sélects Beauport

This week in League1 Quebec saw a lot of surprise headlines amongst its slate of matches.

Second-place FC Laval was brought to heel by the Spatiale of St-Hubert. McDuff, Browne, Levin, and Coulanges all found the net for their side, shooting CSSH from 9th into fourth and thwarting FCL’s chances of claiming first place from CS St-Laurent.

The struggling sides of AS Laval and CS Longueuil both lost out on points this past week. ASL were beaten by the 24′ as Mamadou Yattassaye netted the game winner; their dreams were dashed a second time once Omar Elkalkouli scored the third goal against in the 87′.

The team from the south shore, Longueuil, remain without a win this season and now have accumulated their third loss of 2024. Their home-turf advantage did little to dissuade Blainville’s Jordan Mbala or Alex Marcoux from getting behind the CSL keeper.

Photo Credit: OSU Atletico

Rounding out the weekend has OSU Atletico hosting the Celtix and CS Saint-Laurent making their return to La Belle Province after a hefty Voyageurs Cup loss to TFC.

OSU Atletico had their eyes set on all three points until CHR’s Gregory David netted the tying goal in the 70′. The game should have ended there had it not been for a bad play by the OSU defence allowing Yassine Ouaamar to get the winner in added time.

Finally, CS St-Laurent got back into the W column to improve team morale with their one-nil victory over Quebec City’s Beauport. Riad Bey just came off of playing at BMO Field and was able to score the winner in the 70′ to claim all three points and keep St-Laurent in first place.

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