Forge FC vs. Cavalry FC - (CPL Game Report) June 5 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Forge FC (1) - Cavalry FC (1) Final
Photo Credit: @ForgeFCHamilton
Cavalry FC score a timely away goal on a controversial Dominique Malonga penalty kick in stoppage time to draw Forge FC 1-1 at Tim Hortons Field Tuesday evening.
Hamilton Keeper Quillan Roberts was called for a high foot foul and given an immediate red card in the 94’ minute.
Out of substitutions, Forge turned to midfielder Alexander Achinioti-Jönsson to man the net for the PK. Though he guessed right, the strike was placed perfectly and provided Calgary with a critical away goal.
Tempers spilled over after the final whistle, and both teams had to be separated by the four officials. Multiple Forge FC players including Tristan Borges confronted Malonga at centre field which resulted in a bench-clearing scuffle.
Emery Welshman opened the scoring in the 49’ minute to give Hamilton an early lead in the second half. The Guyanese national made no mistake burying a rebound from teammate David Choiniere’s attempt from inside the six-yard box; 1-0.
The talent of the two team’s atop of the CPL standings was on full display in the first 45 minutes, despite the 0-0 scoreline. Both sides created several quality chances, particularly off of set pieces in an energetic first half of play.
Forge star Tristan Borges and Cavalry FC defender Nathan Mavila had a combative opening frame along the right wing. The spirited contest resulted in multiple warnings from head referee David Barrie and a 40’ yellow card for the Calgary back.
Assistant Coach Peter Reynders played the role of skipper for Hamilton who were without Head Coach Bobby Smyrniotis. The former Sigma FC boss was overseas completing a now mandatory UEFA A certification program, he is expected to rejoin the club for leg two in Calgary next week.
Forge FC were without the services of forward Anthony Novak. The 25-year old striker suffered a lower-body injury in Hamilton’s previous match against FC Edmonton, which forced him out of the lineup Tuesday night.
Hamilton made its Canadian Championship debut Tuesday evening. In reward for being one of three founding members of the Canadian Premier League, Forge FC were granted an automatic bye into the second round of the recently expanded Voyageurs Cup.
Cavalry FC defeated fellow CPL side Pacific FC 4-1 on aggregate in their first-round matchup to advance to the next stage of the all-Canadian tournament. They entered Tuesday’s cup qualifier undefeated across all competitions.
The victor of the two legs will go on to face the Major League Soccer side Vancouver Whitecaps. The west coast crew have played in eight of the 10 Voyageurs Cup finals dating back to 2008, winning the title once in 2015.
Next up for both sides is the now highly anticipated leg two of the Canadian Championship. Kick-off is set for Tuesday, June 11th at 7:30 PM from Spruce Meadows Field in Calgary.