Forge FC vs. Cavalry FC - (CPL Game Report) May 12 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, May 12, 2019
Forge FC (1) - Cavalry FC (2) Final
Photo Credit: @ForgeFCHamilton
Nico Pasquotti scored with seconds remaining in stoppage time to lift Cavalry FC to a 2-1 victory over Forge FC Sunday afternoon at Tim Hortons Field.
In the 94th minute a set piece found its way into the box and fell right to the lead foot of Pasquotti. The second half sub made no mistake and cemented Cavalry FC’s third win in as many contests.
There was no love lost in the first league meeting between the two sides. Three yellow cards were issued and countless fouls were called in the contest which was confrontational from the opening whistle.
Tristan Borges scored his first career CPL goal and tied the game for Hamilton in the 33rd minute. He became the fifth goal scorer in franchise history.
Cavalry FC (3-0-0) opened the scoring in the 21st minute when captain Nikolas Ledgerwood buried his first goal of the Spring Season. The 34-year old skipper was the beneficiary of a brilliant pass from teammate Elijah Adekugbe. He was able to tuck his shot under the diving left-hand of keeper Quillan Roberts from just outside the six-yard box to give the Calgarian-side a 1-0 lead.
The visitors’ lead was short-lived thanks to a 33rd-minute goal from Forge FC winger Borges. A clinical pass from Emery Welshman to the boot of Borges left him unmarked and just onside 10 feet from the goal, his strike was ripped into the bottom left corner past a sprawling Marco Carducci to tie the game at 1-1.
Despite the tied scoreline after 45 minutes, the first half was dictated entirely by Forge FC. They out-chanced, outpassed and out-possessed their Alberta-based opponents controlling the ball for 61% of the opening frame.
Welshman had an opportunity to give Hamilton their first lead of the contest. In the 71st minute his strike from a step inside the 18-yard box beat the keeper Carducci but couldn’t beat the post, preserving the score at 1-1.
Hamilton (1-1-2) were without star and team captain Kyle Bekker for the second straight contest. The Oakville, ON native served the second of his two-game suspension. He is set to rejoin the starting 11 Thursday evening in Winnipeg.
Sunday’s matchup was a notable day for the CPL as the league featured its first all-female referee crew. Carol Anne Chenard, Stéphanie Fortin, Chantal Boudreau, and Alexis Vaughan were the officials selected for the historic event.
The weekend matinee was also the Hamilton Soccer Hall of Fame Game where several members of the esteemed Hall were recognized in a pre-game ceremony.
Hamilton entered the contest with the league leaders in goals, assists, and shots. Kadell Thomas, Daniel Krutzen and Emery Welshman led each category respectively.
Next up for Forge FC is a CONCACAF League qualifier match against the Winnipeg based Valour FC (2-2-0). It will mark the first meeting in CPL history between the two sides, kick-off is set for Thursday, May 16th at 8:00 PM EDT.
Cavalry FC will head back home to face provincial rivals FC Edmonton (1-0-0) in the first leg of the Canadian Championship. The inaugural darby match is scheduled for Saturday, May 18th at 6:00 PM EDT from Spruce Meadows Field.