2 July 2024

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Weekly Rewind

Read how the big scorelines and late drama across League1 Ontario have impacted the battles for promotion and relegation.

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Kicking off the weekend

Friday’s match in the Men’s Premier Division saw Fadi Salback’s brace guide North Toronto to a resounding 4-0 win over Guelph United; the visitors have now won one of their last six, while the hosts sit seventh with three victories this campaign.

TFC Academy earned their seventh Men’s Championship victory thanks to a 2-1 success at BVB IA Waterloo; Michael Lee and Ethan Kang with the goals for the visitors.

At the other end of the table, North Mississauga are still bottom following a 3-1 defeat at home to high-flyers Unionville Milliken, while St Catharines Roma Wolves can breathe a temporary sigh of relief in their relegation battle after beating fourth-placed Darby 3-2 with an epic comeback – two goals from Gerard Forner in the final 10 minutes to steal all three points.

The action in the Women’s Championship on Friday saw yet another contender for game-of-the-season as Darby beat Hamilton United 4-3; Tori Chia the hero for the hosts with an injury-time spot kick after Emily Cirone’s 88th-minute equalizer to draw Darby level.

BVB IA Waterloo now sit second in the standings following a 3-0 victory at fifth-placed Pickering thanks in part to Sophia Cabral’s brace.

Barrage of goals

Saturday’s action from the men’s top tier saw Sigma continue their great form with their third win in a row; this time beating relegation rivals Hamilton United 1-0 thanks to Kevaughn Tavernier’s second-half strike. Hamilton are now five points adrift at the bottom of the standings.

There are also new leaders in the Men’s Premier Division, and it’s Woodbridge Strikers who have climbed to the top after picking up a 2-1 win at Burlington. Milan Beader scored again as ProStars defeated title-chasing Scrosoppi by the same scoreline, handing Scrosoppi their first loss of the season.

Alliance United’s wait for a win in the Women’s Premier Division continued as they lost 5-0 at fourth-placed FC London live on League1 Ontario YouTube; the reigning champions remain ninth following the result. It was also a miserable Saturday for North Mississauga who were beaten 4-1 at home to Guelph United; Sasha Marikano putting a bow on the visitors’ victory 13 minutes from time.

Scrosoppi are top of the women’s second tier again after beating bottom side Rush Canada 1-0; Sahara Zingano with the only goal of the game. Elsewhere, Burlington and Unionville Milliken were both forced to settle for a point after Talynn Debartolo’s injury-time strike completed the Bayhawks’ comeback and draw the game level at 2-2.

FC London remain top of the Men’s Championship standings after a 4-2 win over lowly Pickering, who sit ninth and in danger of dropping into the relegation playoff spot. Neither Windsor City nor Master’s FA managed to climb away from trouble either after playing out a 2-2 tie.

Another twist in the title race

Sunday’s games from the men’s top tier saw Vaughan Azzurri temporarily halt Alliance United’s title hopes with a 3-1 win; Reshaun Walkes on the scoresheet again for the hosts. Elsewhere, a remarkable finish saw Blue Devils edge out Simcoe County Rovers 3-2 thanks to injury-time goals from Mohamed Al Shakman and Ronaldo Hylton.

NDC Ontario continue to set the pace in the women’s top tier after winning 6-1 at rock-bottom Blue Devils; Annabelle Chukwu’s treble proving a major difference between the two sides. NDC’s nearest title challengers North Toronto lost 1-0 at Vaughan Azzurri, putting a dent in their title chase, while Woodbridge Strikers beat Simcoe County Rovers by the same scoreline.

The only game from the Women’s Championship saw ProStars demolish Tecumseh United 4-1 thanks in part to a brace from Shannon Brown. Tecumseh now sit seven points adrift of seventh-placed Darby who are just one place apart in the standings.

In League2 men’s action this week, Sudbury Cyclones were victorious on the road at Simcoe County Rovers B and are top of their conference. Fellow ‘A’ team The Borough FC played twice in this matchweek, losing on Wednesday to North Toronto B and playing out a 1-1 tie with ProStars B.

Rush Canada also played on Wednesday and won their game against BVB IA Waterloo B 1-0.

The last full Women’s League2 crossover matchweek saw St Catharines Roma Wolves lose 2-0 to North Mississauga B, and Master’s FA fall to Rush Canada B – St Catharine’s rivals for the Southwest Conference crown.

Published On: 2 July 2024

League1 Ontario staff