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Guelph United goalkeeper rolls the ball out

L1O Weekly Rewind

By League1 Ontario staff, 08/08/22, 12:15PM EDT


Guelph United rise into the top six as we head toward the penultimate week in the Men’s Premier Division.

Goalkeeper throws ball out to player.

Guelph United

Twists and turns

The playoff race took a spin in at the weekend with Simcoe County Rovers dropping out of the playoffs and Guelph United rising above the dotted line.

Simcoe’s Kahlil John scored what they thought would the winner against Woodbridge Strikers on Sunday, but the home team had other ideas and Luca Pinto netted an equaliser in the 88th minute to ensure the spoils were shared.

Guelph needed four goals to overcome FC London on Saturday. Despite the home team scoring three goals – their highest in tally in a single game this season – Jared Agyemang’s brace for Guelph combined with strikes from Owen Mckee and Anthony Ostrun secured maximum points.

Vaughan Azzurri have clinched their playoff spot and are all but confirmed as the Men’s Premier Division leaders for when we head into the postseason. They defeated Electric City 1-0 at the weekend with a solitary goal through Massimo Ferrin.

Both Blue Devils and North Toronto Nitros pushed on in the playoff hunt in formidable style. The former beat Master’s FA 7-1 with Taha Ilyass netting four times, and Akeim Villous bagged a brace in the Nitros 5-2 win against North Mississauga.

Sigma also scored seven against Unionville Milliken with Soji Olatoye scoring twice, but their four wins on the bounce are unfortunately too little too late they are now out of reach of the playoffs.

ProStars continued their impressive winning streak with Hamilton United being their latest victims, and Kenny Lioutas’ two goals helped Alliance United edge past BVB IA Waterloo to maintain their own playoff bid.

Drama continues

Teams not in the postseason hunt are still going head-to-head in entertaining encounters. Pickering’s Nigel Buckley scored his second of the game in the 87th minute to deny Burlington of three points and level the score at 3-3.

Pickering also had a topsy-turvy game against Master’s FA last Thursday, winning 4-3.

Darby defeated Scrosoppi 4-0 with four different scorers and now sit 15th in the table, and there was a goalless tie between Windsor TFC and St Catharines Roma Wolves.

Still to come

Guelph United have the chance to set the pace in the playoff race when they visit BVB IA Waterloo on Tuesday. A win would see them jump from sixth to second in the table.