Guelph United

No more worries about Nitros for Guelph United

GUELPH – Cross the Toronto Nitros off the list of teams Guelph United has to watch in their quest to hold onto a playoff berth in League1 Ontario Men’s Premier soccer.

The Nitros were knocked out of the playoff race Wednesday when they suffered a 2-1 loss to the Simcoe County Rovers at Downsview Park Wednesday night. North Toronto scored the lone goal of the first half before the Rovers connected for two goals in the second half, the winner coming in stoppage time. A tie would also have knocked the Nitros out of the playoff race.

United (10-3-6) and Burlington SC (11-5-3) are tied for fifth in the standings and top six get playoff berths. Electric City FC of Peterborough are seventh at 10-5-4 and can finish ahead of both United and Burlington with a win in their final match of the regular season Saturday and losses by United and Burlington in their final matches of the campaign.

United is to host 16th-place ProStars FC (5-10-4) of Brampton Sunday at the Centennial Bowl while Burlington is to play second-place Vaughan Azzurri (14-2-3) at Vaughan Sunday night.

Alliance United FC (9-4-6) can finish tied with United and Burlington with a win over Simcoe County at Downsview Park Saturday night and losses by both United and Burlington.

During the regular season, United tied Burlington 1-1 July 16 at Burlington and Alliance 0-0 at the Gryphon Soccer Complex April 21 while Alliance and Burlington tied 2-2 at the Ontario Soccer Stadium July 13.

Already locked into playoff positions are Scrosoppi FC (16-3-0) of Milton, Vaughan Azzurri, Simcoe County (14-4-1) and Blue Devils FC (12-5-3) of Oakville.

Sunday’s United-ProStars game at Centennial Bowl is to start at 5:30 p.m.


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