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    L1O Review: Feels Like Summer


    “Time to sit back and unwind”

    Summer is finally here and League 1 Ontario is another five games down in the regular season with five left to go and the playoff picture is looking clearer despite some surprising results.

    Alliance still topping the table

    Alliance are miraculously still on top with the same record over this period as the first with four wins and a draw. Their strong, defence first approach is working wonders, with the team only conceding in two games all season. However, this does affect the other side of things, and whilst not having a bad goalscoring record, they do have the lowest goals scored per game ratio in the top 7 (1.80). Their top scorer is centre midfielder and captain, Nikola Stakic with 5 goals, 4 of which came from the penalty spot. Coincidentally, those 4 were all game-winners in 1-0 victories for the table toppers.

    Whilst I think that Alliance are doing extremely well, a possible caveat to this is that out of the top 6 teams in the league, they have only played Aurora, who they tied 2-2. Four of their five remaining games are against 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th so this next period will be the real test as to whether they can compete with the big boys.

     

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