31 May 2024

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We look ahead to the next phase of a bumper week in the Women’s Premier, as well as all the ‘A’ team fixtures across the divisions.

Kicking off the weekend

There is a sole Men’s Championship game on Friday night with BVB IA Waterloo hosting North Mississauga. A third win for Waterloo would add pressure to the top of the table, with the Panthers looking to put distance between themselves and the relegation playoff spot.

Cup rivalry returns

Simcoe County Rovers won their first game against Men’s Premier Division opposition during the week, as they defeated Guelph United 2-1 in the L1 Cup. These two sides meet again in the men’s top flight on Saturday and head into the match four points apart in the standings with Guelph having already attained two victories in the division this season.

Attention will be on Burlington once again as they look for their sixth victory from as many regular-season matches. They’ve already set a new club record for longest winning streak in their senior League1 Ontario history, and the latest challengers to this run are a ProStars side with three ties and two losses from their opening five games.

Sigma welcome a Woodbridge Strikers side who have tied their last two games. Could this be an opportunity for the hosts to build on their sole point in the Premier Division? Also on one point are Hamilton United; they host North Toronto, who defeated Sigma for their first win last weekend.

North Toronto’s women’s team, who saw off Alliance United in the L1 Cup in midweek, face FC London in a battle between third and second in the Women’s Premier Division. With North Toronto’s game in hand, this fixture will have big ramifications for either team.

Elsewhere, Simcoe face Guelph in a duplicate of the Men’s Premier matchup. The Rovers will be aiming to pick themselves up from losing 4-0 to NDC Ontario in midweek, with Guelph riding high from their 3-2 victory against Woodbridge.

Sudbury Cyclones players

Fight for promotion

Scrosoppi and BVB IA Waterloo will face off in the Women’s Championship this Saturday. Both teams are on 10 points from their opening five matches and occupy a top-three position, so this game could have a lasting impact in the promotion hunt.

Also on 10 points are league leaders Unionville Milliken and they are in action against Pickering, who despite their mid-table position would leapfrog Unionville with a win. Hamilton United are also in the early promotion race with nine points, and they host Burlington.

In the bottom half of the table, Tecumseh United face a Darby side who are just three points off the league leaders yet sit sixth in the standings – proving how tight this division is.

There’s also a huge game between the Men’s Championship top two, TFC Academy and FC London. Only three points separate these sides, with London’s four wins this season to TFC’s five from five – a record that will almost certainly be challenged this weekend.

In other Championship matches, Windsor City host Darby in a mid-table clash, and third-placed Unionville Milliken face bottom side St Catharines Roma Wolves.

Sudbury Cyclones and The Borough FC will be looking to build on their wins last weekend when they entertain Pickering B and Woodbridge Strikers B in the Men’s League2 Division respectively.

Taking no prisoners

NDC Ontario are leading the Women’s Premier Division by eight points heading into the weekend, thanks to their six consecutive wins to start the season. They face Woodbridge Strikers, whose goalscoring double act of Jayda Thompson and Samantha Murphy could challenge the division’s best defence.

Reigning champions Alliance United lie in eighth, but with a game in hand on most of the division including their Sunday opponents, North Mississauga, who are fifth. Vaughan Azzurri, who have also fallen slightly by the wayside after failing to win in their last four, host Blue Devils.

Vaughan Azzurri and Blue Devils also meet in the Men’s Premier this weekend – a replay of the memorable 2023 Men’s Premier Division Final that saw both teams fighting for their third divisional trophy. This matchup, already steeped in history, is crucial for both teams’ chances of challenging for the title at the end of the campaign.

Reigning regular-season champions Scrosoppi entertain Alliance United. Both teams have had a strong start to 2024, but Alliance will need to recover quickly from their shock L1 Cup defeat against Championship side Master’s FA if they are to get anything from the weekend.

Buoyed from their cupset, Master’s FA return to divisional action against Pickering in the Men’s Championship. ProStars host Rush Canada in the Women’s Championship on Sunday, with Rush looking for their first victory of the regular season.

Master’s FA are also in action in the Women’s League2 as they host BVB IA Waterloo, and Rush Canada’s men’s team face Windsor City B in the Men’s League2 Southwest Conference.

Published On: 31 May 2024

League1 Ontario staff