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Forge 3-1 York United: Hammers Move On In CanChamp

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Just as they did 10 days ago, Forge got the better of York United. This time, it came in the Canadian Championship. A 3-1 win at Tim Hortons Field sees the Hammers move on to the two-legged quarterfinals.

Forge, winners of their first three Canadian Premier League games, made two changes to their starting XI from their 2-1 weekend win over Valour. Jordan Hamilton and Garven Metusala got starts, replacing Terran Campbell and Malik Owolabi-Belewu in the XI.

As for York, they came off a 3-0 win over Vancouver FC on Friday night, their first of the season. With that in mind, Martin Nash decided to maintain the same starting lineup as he did on Friday.

It would only take Forge seven and a half minutes to open the scoring. After York gave away the ball in the midfield, the CPL’s latest player of the month, Tristan Borges, found striker Jordan Hamilton with an inch-perfect ball into the box. Hamilton made no mistake in heading the ball past Thomas Vincensini to give his side the lead.

Forge nearly doubled the lead minutes later as Daniel Parra took down Metusala’s long ball incredibly well, setting up Borges in the box. This time, however, Borges did not catch the ball very well, with his effort being a straightforward save for Vincensini.

The hosts were in complete control for much of the first half, and found their second 17 minutes in. A wonderful combination play from the Forge front line allowed Borges to find David Choiniere. The latter made no mistake, firing his shot in off the bar.

York had their first shot of note in the 23rd minute, as former Forge man Mo Babouli cut in and fired a low shot. However, the Forge keeper, Christopher Kalongo, got down and parried the ball away. It was a fairly routine save for the Hammers’ new number one.

Forge’s third goal came with six minutes to play in the second half. This one came off a counter attack, as Beni Badibanga carried the ball into the York box. Finding Borges with his pass, the Forge attacker’s shot came off the post, but fell to Hamilton, who easily converted from point-blank range.

York’s best chance of the first half came a minute before the interval. Off a corner, the ball fell to Babouli, who struck his volley very well. It required a big stop from Kalongo to keep Babouli out.

Forge was in control for most of the second half, despite York trying thier best to overturn the deficit. The Hammers had a goal called back due to an offside, and still looked threatening.

However, York did try to get back into the game, and did score late in the match. Juan Cordova picked out Brian Wright in the box, with the latter’s header crashing against the bar. Substitute Josue Martinez made no mistake in heading home the rebound. After all the chances they created in the game, York finally found the back of the net.

That would be the closest the Nine Stripes would get, as Forge held on for a 3-1 victory. The Hamiltonians move on to face CF Montreal in the quarter-finals, with the MLS side having gotten a bye to that round. Until then, Forge will host the Halifax Wanderers next Tuesday in a midday match.

As for York United, they will leave Ontario for the first time this season and head west to meet Pacific. The Tridents are yet to concede through three rounds of play, highlighting the challenge that York has ahead of them.

Header Image Photo Credit: Jojo Yanjiao Qian

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