21 June 2024

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After some surprises on Wednesday night, Matchweek Nine continues with another six matches across the Men’s and Women’s Divisions.

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TSS Rovers host Whitecaps

Whitecaps FC Academy will be aiming to get back to winning ways in the Women’s Division after dropping points against Altitude FC last time out, but they still remain in the driving seat of the standings.

Aside from taking inspiration from Altitude’s feat, TSS Rovers FC may also feel they have a point to prove after conceding seven times to Whitecaps in their opening game of the season. Since then, TSS have picked up two wins and have given themselves a chance to make the postseason playoffs.

In the Men’s Division, Rovers and Whitecaps are two of four teams all on 12 points and sit first and third in the standings respectively, so a win for either side would break up the leading pack and leave one team three points adrift of the regular-season silverware.

Burnaby visit Harbourside

Burnaby FC will do their best to put their midweek 6-1 defeat to Unity FC behind them when they visit the winless Harbourside in the Women’s Division this Saturday. The 2024 expansion side had won four on the bounce and missed out on the opportunity to draw level on points with leaders Whitecaps.

Wednesday’s Men’s Division matchup was a tighter affair with Unity and Burnaby sharing the spoils in a 1-1 tie. Wins have been hard to come by this year for Harbourside and Burnaby, who have achieved three three-point hauls between them, so both teams will see this as a good opportunity to add to their tallies.

These sides met in April and played out an entertaining 3-3 tie in the Men’s Division (neutrals will want more of the same) while Burnaby were 3-1 victors in the Women’s Division.

Unity welcome Altitude

Unity FC would have gone top in the Men’s Division on Wednesday had they defeated Burnaby, but instead they head into this game with Altitude needing maximum points to guarantee they stay in the leading pack and maintain their four-point playoff cushion. It’s the same picture for Altitude, also on 12 points, just two places higher in the table.

Meanwhile, in the Women’s Division this is a third versus fourth clash with these two sides separated by four points.

After their convincing victory on Wednesday, Unity’s women are the second-highest scorers in the division, and their opponents Altitude have the league’s leakiest defence. It’ll be exciting to see which way this one goes.

Published On: 21 June 2024

League1 BC staff