Forge FC vs. Pacific FC - (CPL Game Report) May 8 2019

Tom Stewart
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Forge FC (3) - Pacific FC (0) Final

Photo Credit: @ForgeFCHamilton

Forge FC scored twice in the first 15 minutes and secured their first victory in franchise history with a 3-0 win against Pacific FC at Tim Hortons Field Wednesday evening.

Hamilton received contributions from three different goal scorers. Anthony Novak, Emery Welshman and Giuliano Frano all scored their first career CPL goals to lift Forge FC over their coastal rivals.

Keeper Quillan Roberts was flawless on the night, he faced seven shots including five from inside the box to collect his first clean sheet on the season.

It was a frustrating evening for the visiting Pacific FC. The B.C side grappled with ball control all evening long, displaying a consistent stream of poor passes and first touches in their own half.

It took just 2:57 for Forge FC to open the scoring.

A brilliant display of class from right-back Daniel Krutzen left Novak all alone inside the box. His perfectly placed shot past the diving keeper Mark Village gave Hamilton their first lead in franchise history; 1-0.

The boys in orange extended their lead to two when Welshman scored in the 14th minute.

Winger David Choiniere sent a stunning ball over the head of the PFC midfielders and onto the boot of Welshman, after a clinical move in tight from 10 feet out, he was able to lob the ball into the bottom right corner to double the Forge lead early.

The first half was dominated by the home side. Short of a 45th-minute corner for Pacific FC which led to a dangerous scoring chance, the away side wasn’t able to muster anything of offensive merit and spent the majority of the opening frame in their own end.

The Forge put the game out of reach in the 70th minute. A corner kick found the far side post where acting Capitan Frano was waiting to head the ball past a sprawling Village to push the Hamilton lead to 3-0.

Hamilton (1-1-1) played their first of two games without the services of captain Kyle Bekker. The Toronto FC product was issued a two-game ban following a questionable elbow on Halifax midfielder Joe Di Chiara in their 2-1 loss to the Wanderers last week.

PFC (1-0-2) welcomed back defender Lukas MacNaughton to the starting 11. The Belgian-born centre-back picked up two yellow cards in their inaugural match against Halifax, forcing him out of the lineup for their heartbreaking 2-1 defeat at the hands of Valour FC last week.

Wednesday evening was the first and final meeting between the two squads in the shortened Spring Season. Their next match will take place Saturday, July 13th in game two of the Fall Season.

Next up for Forge FC is a date with the Calgary based Cavalry FC on Sunday afternoon. It will be the first league meeting between the two sides, with kick-off set for 1:00 PM EDT from Tim Hortons Field.

Pacific FC will travel to Edmonton Sunday for their fourth match of the season and second consecutive road game, first touch goes for 3:00 EDT at Clarke Field.