24 May 2024

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weekend preview

Divisional matches return following some eye-catching results in the midweek L1 Cup, and here’s a preview to the weekend’s action.

Friday redemption

It’s Blue Devils who are visiting NDC Ontario on Friday night, with the Women’s Division’s worst defence coming up against a team with a 100 per cent record in the regular season. Guelph United proved that NDC are beatable, however, knocking them out of the L1 Cup with a 1-0 win thanks to Olivia Brown’s solitary goal and ruining the league leaders’ perfect start in all competitions.

There is a single Men’s Championship game on Friday as Darby host North Mississauga – two teams in the bottom half of the table and looking to propel their seasons forward.

Darby are also in action in the Women’s Championship as they look for their third win of the campaign against bottom side ProStars, and Pickering face Tecumseh United – two teams with one win so far this regular season.

St Catharines Roma Wolves are in action in the Women’s League2 Division on Friday against Rush Canada B.

Setting the standard

A victory for FC London this Saturday will keep them within, at most, three points of the leaders NDC Ontario in the Women’s Premier Division, and they face a winless Simcoe County Rovers.

The other Women’s Premier match on Saturday is Alliance United versus North Toronto, which will be the fourth top-four clash in three weeks. These two title contenders were due to also meet on Wednesday but lightning at Downsview Park meant the game was postponed.

Another midweek fixture saw Burlington defeat Scrosoppi on penalties in the Men’s L1 Cup – a matchup that could have been a legitimate final given these are two of the three sides bossing the Men’s Premier at the moment. The Bayhawks’ latest test is reigning divisional champions Simcoe County Rovers.

Hamilton United face a tough test against Alliance United who have won two from their first four matches, and North Toronto host Sigma in a battle between two winless teams in the 2024 regular season.

sigma player on the ball

Second-tier tests

TFC Academy will be aiming to continue their perfect start in the Men’s Championship with victory against Pickering, who have only lost one of their first four matches on their return to senior League1 Ontario regular-season competition.

St Catharines Roma Wolves are at the opposite end of the table to TFC with just one point to their name, and they host a Windsor City side with one win and three losses. Third-placed FC London also host Master’s FA.

Aside from TFC Academy, the best attacks and defences in the division are Unionville Milliken and BVB IA Waterloo respectively. These sides face off in a top-four clash this weekend.

It’s the same matchup in the Women’s Championship on Saturday with important points at stake. BVB IA Waterloo are undefeated in the division and sit top, but Unionville Milliken would draw level on points with the current leaders if they can successfully put Waterloo to the sword.

Exciting Sunday

Women’s L1 Cup quarterfinalists Guelph United have had mixed results in the past few weeks, defeating both the 2023 Women’s Premier finalists either side of losing 4-1 to FC London. They host a North Mississauga side who also have just one win in the division this year.

Confidence will be high in the Woodbridge Strikers’ camp after their 12 goals against Blue Devils last week, but Vaughan Azzurri will almost certainly put that to the test this Sunday. Vaughan are just one point ahead of Woodbridge in the table, and a victory for either side would see them move into the top four.

The Men’s Premier serves up another three games on Sunday, starting with mid-table Blue Devils welcoming a ProStars side who are just one point behind their hosts having tied three of their four regular-season matches this year.

Guelph United could move to one point behind Scrosoppi if they beat the 2023 regular-season champions this weekend, and Woodbridge Strikers host Vaughan Azzurri in a top-four head-to-head. Vaughan are on the same points tally as Scrosoppi and could go top, leapfrogging Scrosoppi and Burlington, heading into Matchweek Six if results go their way.

Scrosoppi are also one of the leading sides in the Women’s Championship at this stage of the season, sitting second in the standings and one of three teams with seven points. On Sunday they host Burlington, who bagged their first win of the division last weekend.

Hamilton United host expansion side Rush Canada, who are yet to win in their inaugural year of senior League1 Ontario competition. Will Rush pull it off at Ron Joyce Stadium?

Sudbury Cyclones will be aiming for three points against Simcoe County Rovers B on Sunday if they are to keep up with the early playoff pacesetters in the Men’s League2 Northeast Conference. The Borough and Rush Canada are not in men’s action this week.

Master’s FA also feature in the final Women’s League2 game of the matchweek, before conference crossovers begin on Monday.

Published On: 24 May 2024

League1 Ontario staff