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Canadian Championship: Whitecaps Take First Leg Against Cavalry

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It was 2019 when Cavalry secured a historic win over the Whitecaps in their away leg at BC Place, but for history to repeat itself they’ll need to dig deep after dropping the first leg two-one at home.

The Canadian Premier League side hosted the ‘Caps tonight for the first leg of this year’s quarter-final cup match, succumbing to the loss after a Levonte Johnson rocket stunned them just before half-time, with the forward adding a second late in the game. Substitute striker Malcolm Shaw has procured a glimmer of hope for tonight’s hosts, however, slotting in an angled goal to put Cavalry in range of retaliation range.

The Spruce Meadows match nearly started with a gift from the visitors, with Ralph Priso nearly putting Cavalry in front after an errant backpass had too much spice on it, though it rolled just wide of ‘target’.

The first half would see neither side unable to take much action in the final third, and it seemed destined to finish sans scoring until Levonte Johnson fired an audacious half-volley that sailed into the box and beyond the desparate dive of Marco Carducci.

The visitors came close early in the second have and rattled the crossbar, with Cavalry surviving the scare and growing a little bit into the game through some positive movements, with Warschewski’s hold up play and clever footwork proving a highlight,

Aussie forward Lleyton Brooks nearly equalized for the hosts in the 60th minute, with a powerful downwards header demanding a fine stop from Isaac Boehmer.

The visitors near struck back with three consecutive shot attempts five minutes later, the last of which forced a fine dive from Carducci, who proved up to the task on that occasion.

Levonte Johnson would bag himself a brace with just over ten minutes to go, giving the visitors some breathing room after capitalizing on a mistake from the Cavalry backline.

Interestingly, the Whitecaps forward had made his senior debut in the Canadian Championship quarter-final against York United last year in a game where he also found the scoresheet.

Cavalry gave themselves a lifeline through substitute forward Malcolm Shaw, with the former Ottleti striker getting just enough on a through ball to slot it beyond Isaac Boehmer and give the hosts a glimmer of hope in the away leg.

The reverse fixture will see the Whitecaps take their turn to host on Tuesday, May 21. With away goals in effect, the reigning cup champions have secured themselves strong position to fight their way up for a three-peat, but Cavalry shouldn’t be counted out entirely after reducing the deficit late tonight.

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