Nicole Neilsen (23') scored a dazzling solo effort and Jade Kovacevic (36', 90' + 3') got a brace in 3-0 away win for FC London over West Ottawa SC.
Both teams struggled with circumstances, with London travelling a long distance and West Ottawa working in some prospects from their squad depth.
"I thought our performance was good at times, but I think there were certain areas that we struggled with tonight that we don't normally struggle with," said FC London head coach, Mike Marcoccia.
"However we're talking about a long bus ride and the girls getting off the bus and not going through their usual pre-game routine, and I compliment them on being professionals and managing to get the result in those circumstances and despite probably not playing one of our best games."
"We had a mixed performance, and a lot of call-ups today from the U15 and U16 OPDL teams," said West Ottawa head coach, Kristina Kiss.
"I thought they were fantastic. They really performed well and got some good experience today. A couple little mental lapses led to their first two goals, and then we just couldn't get back into the game after that point."
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West Ottawa lost a player in the second half, which paved the way for increasing levels of dominance by London's possession game and ultimately to Kovacevic's second on the night.
"Yes, I think you could see as the game went on that we could secure possession better, especially after they went down a player," confirmed Marcoccia.
"I think we really took advantage of that fact and we were able to play combination play. I think at least a half dozen times we built from the the back and made 13, 14, 15 passes until we came into the final phase. Obviously the dismissal changes the game a bit and unfortunate for them as it is very difficult to generate attack when that happens."
Despite being at least a seven hour drive from home, London again had a significant body of supporters that, at times, made the away match feel like a home fixture.
"This is probably the most exciting thing going on in our season at the moment and we have discussed it as players and staff," said Marcoccia.
"This is the fourth or fifth game in a row where we have gone on the road and had tremendous fan support. We have doubled the home crowd multiple times this season and when we were in the Cup final in Woodbridge last week I think we had about 200 fans travel to support us."
"We can get close to a thousand at our home games sometimes, which is normal for us, but we are just astounded at the road support, especially when we came all the way to Ottawa. These are friends and family members that are just so invested in their individual players and also this team, we are so happy with it."
West Ottawa SC will next play Sanjaxx Lions on August 20 at Monarch Park, Toronto.
FC London will next play Aurora FC on August 19 at German Canadian Club, London.