7 June 2024

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Replays of both 2023 Premier Division finals are headline matches in another bumper weekend of League1 Ontario action.

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Rivals’ revenge

Matchweek Seven in the Women’s Premier Division begins with Alliance United visiting NDC Ontario – a matchup that is going down in the League1 Ontario history books. Alliance were the only team to beat NDC Ontario in last year’s regular season, and did so again in the division final, snatching the crown from the side that beat them in the same game in 2022.

NDC Ontario have been on fire in the league this season, dropping points for the first time last weekend against Woodbridge Strikers. An underdog victory for eighth-placed Alliance, however, could be a turning point in their season.

Friday night is a busy one for the Men’s Championship with four games set to take place, including TFC Academy aiming to bounce back from their first regular-season defeat last weekend. They face St Catharines Roma Wolves.

There’s a mid-table clash between BVB IA Waterloo and Windsor City, and a bottom-half matchup between North Mississauga and Master’s FA who, at the moment, are part of the race to avoid the playoff and automatic relegation spots.

Unionville Milliken would, at least for the night, move up to third if they win on the road against Pickering. Darby would leapfrog three teams to second in the Women’s Championship if they defeat expansion team Rush Canada.

Pushing on

After tying against NDC Ontario, Woodbridge Strikers will have confidence heading into a tough match against an in-form North Mississauga side that’s risen to third in the table.

In the Men’s Premier, winless teams Sigma and ProStars meet on Saturday, and North Toronto host Blue Devils in a mid-table clash.

There’s also a livestreamed Men’s Championship game set for Saturday, with FC London taking on Darby. The London side are currently top of the standings after their headlining victory against TFC Academy, but Darby are not to be taken for granted with three wins and a tie in the division so far this season.

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More foes face off

There are four Men’s Premier matches on Sunday, including Scrosoppi hosting Simcoe County Rovers – a replay of the 2023 Men’s Premier Final which finished 4-2 to the boys from Barrie.

Simcoe haven’t enjoyed much luck this year, however, recording their first regular-season win last weekend. Perhaps that is the confidence boost they need before taking on second-placed Scrosoppi.

Leading the standings are Burlington with a perfect record, but their match against Vaughan Azzurri this weekend will potentially test every part of the Bayhawks’ game. It’s definitely one to watch.

Guelph United host Alliance United in a fifth-versus-seventh clash, and Woodbridge Strikers could go second if they defeat a Hamilton United side yet to win in this regular season.

North Toronto have picked up four wins from their opening six Women’s Premier matches and will be difficult opponents for Guelph United, who did knock out North Toronto’s title rivals NDC Ontario in the L1 Cup. They meet this Sunday.

The live women’s game this weekend is Blue Devils versus Simcoe County Rovers – two teams occupying the playoff and automatic relegation spots in the Women’s Premier standings.

There’s also an exciting battle between fifth and fourth as FC London host Vaughan Azzurri. They are two of five teams separated by three points, so a win for either one could drastically change the standings.

Top-two clash

In the Women’s Championship, second-placed Unionville Milliken travel to table-toppers Hamilton United with just one point separating these sides heading into Matchweek Seven.

BVB IA Waterloo host ProStars – a game that finished 1-1 last year – and Pickering will be aiming to move into the top half of the table by defeating Burlington.

Published On: 7 June 2024

League1 Ontario staff