10 May 2024

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Weekend preview

There’s a top-four battle taking place in the Women’s Premier this weekend as the temperature rises across League1 Ontario.

Blockbuster Friday

A clash of the titans opens the Premier Division action this weekend as NDC Ontario host FC London in the women’s top flight. The London side are top of the standings having scored eight goals in their opening two games, but NDC are not far behind with two wins also. Neither will give up their 100 per cent record easily.

There are also three games in the Men’s Championship on Friday, starting with Darby hosting BVB IA Waterloo – two teams with one win and one loss so far in the regular season.

Winless North Mississauga face mid-table Pickering, and St Catharines Roma Wolves will be looking to add to their single point against bottom side Master’s FA.

Men’s League2 ‘A’ teams The Borough FC and Rush Canada will be playing for their first regular-season wins at L1ON senior level on Friday as they face ProStars and Hamilton United respectively.

Super Saturday

There’s another huge battle in the Women’s Premier on Saturday with North Toronto facing Vaughan Azzurri – the division’s other two teams to still boast a 100 per cent record. This game finished 2-1 to the Azzurri last season, and it is shaping up to be another close matchup this year.

Elsewhere in the division, reigning champions Alliance United host Guelph United, who will be looking for their first points of the year against unbeaten opposition, and Woodbridge Strikers visit Simcoe County Rovers – both winless so far.

It’s the same battle in the Men’s Premier. Woodbridge beat the eventual champions Simcoe 3-1 a year ago, and they meet again this weekend with the boys from Barrie still looking for their first victory of the new season.

Five of the six Men’s Premier games are taking place on Saturday, and with the tighter divisions this year, every one is becoming worthy of attention.

Last year’s playoff contenders Guelph United and Burlington face off at 2pm ET on Saturday, with the visiting Bayhawks three points ahead of Guelph having won both their opening games – Augustus Oku outstanding in front of goal.

Alliance United, who impressed against Simcoe last week, face the division’s current bottom side, Sigma. Like Sigma, North Toronto have lost their opening two games this year and they have a tough task against table-toppers Scrosoppi who have scored seven goals and conceded none in the 2024 campaign.

ProStars have tied both their games this season, and they face fellow unbeaten opponents Vaughan Azzurri.

The also undefeated Unionville Milliken will take on Darby in the Women’s Championship, and Rush Canada will be looking for their first win in the second tier when they face Pickering, who have three points from their opening two games.

Men’s Championship table-toppers TFC Academy face Windsor City, who have won one and lost one in the division so far.

scrosoppi players celebrate

Kickstart Sunday

While there are fewer games on Sunday, there are some big clashes in the bottom half of the Premier Divisions.

The lone Men’s Premier game on Sunday is Hamilton United hosting Blue Devils – two teams with one point each so far this season. Women’s Premier bottom two, Blue Devils and North Missisauga, have shipped 15 goals between them this year and face off in a matchup that could kickstart either team’s season.

FC London’s men’s team have had contrasting fortunes in the Championship as they will aim to protect their 100 per cent winning record in this division against Unionville Milliken.

There are two Women’s Championship games on Sunday. Scrosoppi scored four last week and host the winless ProStars, after BVB IA Waterloo – the division’s only team with two wins from two – visit Burlington.

Men’s League2 side Sudbury Cyclones, who won their first regular-season game in style last week, are on the road to Master’s FA B on Sunday.

Published On: 10 May 2024

League1 Ontario staff