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York United 0-3 Forge: Choiniere Brace Brings Hammer Delight

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York United’s home opener did not go to plan in front of their new owners as the Nine Stripes were beaten 3-0 by local rivals Forge FC.

Martin Nash opted for two changes in his side’s starting eleven following their 2-1 defeat at Atletico Ottawa last weekend. In came Elijah Adekugbe and Clement Bayiha, replacing Brem Soumaoro and Markiyan Voytsekhovskyy in the starting lineup.

As for Forge, they started the season off with a 2-1 win at home versus Cavalry last weekend. As such, the Hammers stuck with the same eleven who had started the previous match.

The hosts started off the game in a more promising fashion, similar to their first game. Bayiha had York’s first serious attempt of the match six minutes in, forcing Christopher Kalongo into a save.

Forge FC Christopher Kalongo
Photo Credit: John Jacques

The Nine Stripes again had a massive opportunity 15 minutes in with Bayiha again involved. The winger tried to find Brian Wright in the box, but Forge’s Malik Owolabi-Belewu managed to get in the way and stop what would have been a sure goal.

Forge was in control of the first half after the opening 15 minutes. With David Choiniere and Tristan Borges combining often down the right wing, York had trouble stopping the duo. Twenty minutes in, it nearly paid off: Borges found Choiniere with a brilliant dink over. However, the latter’s shot just flashed wide.

The pressure continued from Forge, who looked in control of the game. Terran Campbell forced a save from Thomas Vincensini a few minutes before half-time. Two minutes later, the Hammers took the lead: after an unsuccessful challenge from Bahiya on Daniel Parra, the Forge left-back found Choiniere with a smart pass. Choiniere’s finish was even better, beating Vincensini with a shot back across his goal.

The second half saw Forge continue to be the better side and look more aggressive. At the hour mark, the visitors’ lead doubled. A free-flowing attack saw Parra play in Borges, who in turn turned his defender and found Beni Badibanga. The attacker made no mistake in faking out a York defender before calmly placing it in the net.

A third would be added a few minutes later, effectively ending the contest. Badibanga’s pass was cut out by Nyal Higgins. However, the York center-back failed to properly shield the ball as Borges snuck around him. The Forge player managed to get a pass off before the ball seemingly went out of bounds, finding Choiniere. It was a simple finish from there, with the York players stopping play, thinking the ball was out. Yet, the goal stood, with Forge going up 3-0.

After that, York did have some possession to close off the match. However, they did little from an attacking sense to truly challenge Kalongo in the Forge goal. Mo Babouli’s free kick in the 90th minute was easily saved by the Hammers’ new starting keeper.

Forge FC David Choiniere
Photo Credit: John Jacques

As a result of the defeat, York joined Valour and the Halifax Wanderers in staying on zero points. The Nine Stripes’ next chance to pick up their first points of the season will be on Friday night as early leader Vancouver FC comes into town.

Forge joins Vancouver FC and Pacific on two wins from two games. The Hammers will return home for next Saturday’s game against Valour. That match will be one of three games at Tim Hortons Field that day, as there will be League1 Ontario men’s Premier Division games both before and after the CPL game.

Forge and York will also meet each other again in a week and a half’s time, this time in the Canadian Championship’s first round. The single-legged game will occur in Hamilton on May 2.

Header Image Photo Credit: John Jacques

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