5 July 2024

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There are some huge head-to-heads in League1 Ontario this week, with several clubs aiming to rip up the form guides.

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Title deciders

There are two huge games on Friday night in the Women’s Premier Division with the standings’ top three all in action.

The leaders NDC Ontario host Woodbridge Strikers who sit third and six points adrift of the top of the table. A win for NDC will see them maintain, or even extend, their five-point cushion at the summit, while victory for Woodbridge would keep them in the title race.

Before this however, second-placed North Toronto will take on North Mississauga for a chance to keep the pressure on the leaders, and hope that they slip up against the Strikers. This one is live on League1 Ontario’s YouTube channel.

St Catharines Roma Wolves found victory heroically late last weekend through Gerard Forner’s brace, and then beat Master’s FA 2-1 in midweek. They’ll be looking to continue this momentum heading into their Friday-night clash against the Men’s Championship leaders FC London.

Behind London are TFC Academy, still vying for that automatic promotion spot and division title, and they will visit Pickering. Darby and BVB IA Waterloo meet in a mid-table clash.

North Mississauga are bottom of the division on tie-breaks, so they’ll see an opportunity to take matters into their own hands when Windsor City – just three points ahead of the Panthers – come to town.

After a bumper midweek schedule in the Women’s Championship, Darby host Tecumseh United on Friday night in a head-to-head in the bottom half of the table.

The Borough FC will also take part in Friday-night Men’s League2 action after their double-matchweek last week. They visit Central Conference leaders Woodbridge Strikers B.

Breaking the ice

Struggling Alliance United host mid-table Vaughan Azzurri who have had inconsistent form of their own, losing, tying and winning in their last three games. Simcoe County Rovers and Blue Devils don’t have much to shout about when it comes to the form guides either, but their meeting on Saturday could be an very interesting battle.

Simcoe and Blue Devils are also in Men’s Premier action on Saturday, with the boys from Barrie facing a Hamilton United side rooted to the bottom of the standings, and the Oakville club visiting high-flying Alliance United who tied against Sigma in midweek.

Saturday’s sole Men’s Championship game pitches Master’s FA against Unionville Milliken – two sides in opposite halves of the table and fighting for very different end-of-season outcomes.

Unionville Milliken are also vying for promotion from the Women’s Championship, albeit with an outside chance, and they visit a Pickering side who are just one point behind them in the standings. Both sides come into this one having won in midweek.

Rush Canada have played more games than any other side in the division but are at risk of being relegated to the Women’s League2 Division. They host ProStars on Saturday.

Rush’s Men’s League2 side host Windsor City B on Saturday with ambitions to cement their position in the top three of the Southwest Conference, and Sudbury Cyclones will be aiming to continue their excellent form against Darby B live on League1 Ontario’s YouTube channel.

Struggling Master’s FA also host North Mississauga in the Women’s League2 Division.

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Heavyweight clashes

Guelph United and FC London were both big scorers last time out in the Women’s Premier Division, netting four and five goals respectively. Head to Centennial Bowl this Sunday to see if the matchup between these sides will be just as exciting.

One to watch in the Men’s Premier is certainly Burlington hosting Scrosoppi. Both title contenders lost last time out, which was Scrosoppi’s first of the season and Burlington’s third in four matches despite their invincible start to the campaign. This encounter went to penalties in the L1 Cup, and more drama could unfold on Sunday.

ProStars were the team who defeated Scrosoppi last week and they visit table-toppers Woodbridge Strikers – can the eighth-placed side defy the odds two weeks running? Vaughan Azzurri also have the chance to mount pressure on the leaders when they host North Toronto this Sunday.

The two Women’s Championship matches on Sunday see Burlington hosting Hamilton United in a bid to steer away from the relegation places, and BVB IA Waterloo facing Scrosoppi in a battle between two of the leading sides in the division. One to watch for sure!

Published On: 5 July 2024

League1 Ontario staff