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League1 Canada: Week 8 Men’s Review

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As we are quickly approaching the midway point of the League1 Canada season, Northern Tribune provides a weekly review of everything that has gone down across the country. All matches are covered, providing fans with a one-stop place for all things League1 Canada related.

This week 8 recap takes a look back at the men’s matches in L1C this past week. For the League1 Canada Women’s review, you can find that here.

League1 BC: Rivers FC The Winners Of The Week

The last week saw three matches in League1 BC, commencing with Wednesday night’s game between Altitude and Vancouver Whitecaps Academy. As was the case last week, nothing could separate the two sides, as the game ended 1-1 once again. Altitude played most of the second half down a man, following Matthew Marshall’s red card seven minutes in. That Caps leveled after that to claim a point.

Sunday’s first match also ended in a draw, but had a six-goal thriller: at Swangard, TSS Rovers came from behind twice to earn a draw against the visiting Harbourside. The guests took a 2-0 lead inside 20 minutes before the Rovers drew level by the 50th minute, only to concede again at the hour mark. But, as they always do, the 2022 regular season champions found a way back with a goal from Dominic Di Paola two minutes from time being enough for a point.

The last game of the week saw Rivers defeat Burnaby 2-1 at home. The side from Kaloomps found the back of the net twice towards the end of the first half which did the trick. A Kyle Dent goal in the 86th minute, two minutes after he came on, was not enough for Burnaby to snatch a point.

It will be a thrilling end to the season out west, as the top four teams are a point from each other. One could not ask for a more dramatic season, with the majority of the teams still in with a chance for the regular season crown.

Next week will start with a Wednesday night clash between Unity and Burnaby. On Friday, TSS Rovers welcomes the Whitecaps, while on Saturday, Burnaby plays away to Harbourside. Sunday’s end to the round will pit together Unity and Altitude.

League1 Alberta: Cavalry Completes Four-Point Week

League1 Alberta had four games take place, with St. Albert’s game against BTB being postponed. Tuesday’s lone match saw Cavalry U21 defeat Calgary Blizzard 2-1 at home. The comeback came late from the Cavs, as Chahan Chanda and Lukas Pareja Duque struck in the 85th and 93rd minutes, respectively to give their side three points.

However, Friday’s game was almost a complete reversal of fortune for Cavalry, as they drew 1-1 away to Edmonton Scottish. JP Walter’s red card two minutes from time made things more difficult for the guests. The Scottish managed to find the net in the 95th minute courtesy of a Rilind Idrizi penalty to claim a point.

Also on Friday, Owen Antoniuk’s 43rd minute goal did the trick for Calgary Foothills, who defeated St. Albert Impact 1-0 away. Calgary Blizzard won by the same scoreline against BTB, with Moe Al Gandour’s 84th minute penalty separating the two sides.

The Tartans and Blizzard have opened up a gap on Cavalry, as the top two sides have 16 and 15 points, respectively. The Cavs are on 10 points, with the Impact a point behind. The Foothills and Callies United are on seven points, while BTB is stuck on three.

Friday will have another full round of action, starting with BTB meeting the Callies in a bottom two clash. Cavalry will battle the Impact in a game that could in essence put an end to either side’s hopes of finishing in the top two. Finally, the top two teams will square off as the Blizzard and Tartans meet in a huge match.

League1 Ontario: Cup Thriller in Burlington

The L1 Cup had two round of 16 games last week. Tuesday saw Blue Devils and FC London play to a 2-2 draw at Corpus Christi. Yet, the Oakville-based Blue Devils held their nerve in the shootout, winning 4-3 via spot kicks. The other cup game, which was on Wednesday, saw Sigma beat BVB IA Waterloo 5-0 at home.

The remaining quarterfinal matches are now known. FC London will meet Burlington, with the winner facing Simcoe County Rovers in the semifinals. The Rovers topped Guelph in their quarter-final matchup. The other two quarterfinals will be Master’s against North Toronto Nitros, and Vaughan versus the Blue Devils.

League1 Ontario Premier: Home Wins the Theme

The L1O Premier Division weekend got underway with something of a surprise in Mississauga. Sigma FC managed to beat Vaughan Azzurri 2-1 at home, with Alex Cordon’s goal in the 76th minute being the difference maker. That was Sigma’s first league win of the season, stunning the Azzurri.

Simcoe County Rovers got their second win in three games after they defeated Prostars 3-1. Jevontae Layne scored a hat trick to help the Rovers complete the comeback.

An own goal from Conrad Czarnecki saw Alliance United defeat North Toronto Nitros 1-0. That goal came in the 37th minute, which was enough for Alliance to prevail.

Hamilton United pulled off their most impressive result of the season, earning a draw against Scrosoppi. The match ended goalless, despite Scrosoppi having a penalty in the 52nd minute. They failed to convert though, costing them in the end.

For the second week in a row, Burlington fell to defeat. This time it was away to the Blue Devils. A goal in each half did the trick, as they prevailed 2-0. The Blue Devils are now unbeaten in their last four in league play.

A dramatic game in Woodbridge saw the Strikers pull off a 2-1 home win over Guelph United. The visitors thought they did enough to claim a point as they scored an 89th minute equalizer. However, Anthony Morano found the net three minutes later to give the Strikers the win.

Eight rounds in, and we are in for a thriller in the Premier Division. Just three points separate the top five teams, which makes things quite fascinating.

It is a double gameweek next week, as Vaughan and Burlington square off just a week and a half after the former ended the latter’s winning start to the season. Vaughan will not have an easy week, as next weekend, they meet Scrosoppi, another title challenger.

League1 Ontario Championship: London Held, TFC Strikes

The Championship Division kicked off on Friday, as Waterloo defeated St. Catharine’s Roma Wolves 3-1. The home side got a brace from Wesley Cain as they got an impressive win against the struggling Roma Wolves.

North Mississauga and FC London played to a 1-1 stalemate in Friday’s other clash. The goals came about 10 minutes apart, as Andrew Demusz scored seven minutes from time to deny London the three points.

Saturday action saw Darby win 2-0 away to Master’s. The guests scored in each half to earn their fourth win of the term. The hosts ended the game with 10 men as Ian Gutierrez received a second yellow in stoppage time.

TFC Academy completed the round with a 3-0 success over Unionville Milliken. Three different players found the back of the net for the visitors, who once again come out on top.

It continues to be a battle between London and TFC at the top, with the sides now level once again. Darby and Unionville are six points back, and can still dream of a top two finish. Master’s and St. Catharines are currently rooted to the bottom on five points each, with North Mississauga only a couple points ahead of them.

Darby and London will be the pick of next weekend’s games, as the club from Whitby will try to close the gap on London.

League2 Ontario: Sudbury Wins Big at Home

League2 Ontario action in the Southwest Conference saw Rush Canada earn two wins. The first one was a 3-1 victory over FC London, while the second came in a 2-1 success over St. Catharines. The wins came two days apart, putting them in a great position.

The other games in the Conference saw Guelph defeat Waterloo 2-1, St. Catharines topping Hamilton United by the same scoreline, while Scrosoppi also beat Windsor 2-1. It is Scrosoppi leading the division, with Rush just four points back, but played a game less.

In the Central Conference, which only had three games this week, a first half performance from Blue Devils saw them beat The Borough 3-0. Daniel Prieto got a brace as the Devils finished the game with 10 men.

Rush Canada FC London
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Across the other two games, Burlington beat North Mississauga 3-1, while Prostars topped North Toronto 3-0. Sigma tops the conference on 18 points, although Woodbridge and Blue Devils are three points behind.

The Northeastern Conference saw Sudbury Cyclones prevail 9-0 at home against Unionville Milliken. Three players scored braces as the Cyclones ran away with a dominant victory.

The other games in the conference saw Vaughan beat Pickering 5-0, Master’s edge Darby 1-0, while Master’s also drew 1-1 versus Simcoe County Rovers. Sudbury and Alliance are neck and neck at the top with 16 points each, with Master’s two points behind.

Ligue1 Quebec: FC Laval Pulling Away

Ligue1 Quebec had a full slate of games on Saturday, with the first match being CS St-Hubert’s 4-2 success over Royal Select Beauport. Jeremy Nkoy scored a hattrick to lift his side to three points. Lukinda Tshindaye scored twice for the guests, but it was seldom en

An entertaining game in Laval finished all square, AS Laval and CF Montreal drew 3-3. CFM even held a 3-1 lead at one point, but failed to hold on away from home. Ishmael Jones leveled in the 69th minute to give ASL a share of the spoils.

CS Mont-Royal Outremont came from behind to top Longueuil 2-1 on the road. Theo Oberhuber-Poulin got the winning goal 15 minutes from them to give his CSMRO side a pivotal win.

CS St-Laurent and Celtix du Haut-Richelieu could not find a goal in their match. The game ended 0-0, which seldom helps CSSL’s push for a second consecutive title. The good thing for them is that there is still time left.

Finally, league leaders FC Laval prevailed against AS Blainvile, scoring both of the game’s goals inside the first 10 minutes. The 2-0 result puts them further ahead of ASB, who really could not have afforded such result.

FC Laval leads the table still, with the lead increasing to four points over both CSMRO and St-Laurent. St-Hubert and CFM are six points behind, and will have to make the most of the next match days to close the gap on FC Laval.

There will be eight games across the next week, with FC Laval vs RS Beauport (Wednesday) and CFM vs St-Laurent (Saturday)

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