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Forge 2-1 Cavalry: Deja Vu Strikes Cavs Once More

By on April 14, 2024 0 774 Views

The blockbuster match of the Canadian Premier League’s opening weekend saw Forge top Cavalry 2-1 at Tim Hortons Field. As was the case the last time these two teams met, the Hammers showed their mettle by coming from a goal down to get the victory.

One of Forge’s new signings made his debut in the team, as Mexican loanee Daniel Parra played from the start. Outside of the full-back, it was a familiar-looking Forge side.

As for Cavalry, two of their off-season signings made their league debut for Cavalry from the get-go, as Tobias Warschewski featured up front. The other newbie in the Cavalry team to start was former Valour midfielder Diego Gutierrez, who slotted into the midfield.

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Photo Credit: Jojo Yanjiao Qian / Forge FC

The match kicked off at a windy Tim Hortons Field, with both teams taking a bit to adjust to the conditions. In the end, the conditions seldom played a major role in the match, despite some sloppy passes and risky play, particularly in the first half.

The opening 45 minutes saw very few clear cut chances, with the best of them falling to Forge winger David Choiniere. After some sleek buildup, Tristan Borges found Choiniere in the box with a lofted cross. However, the former CF Montreal man’s chested effort just missed the target.

Cavalry’s best chance of the half came at the half hour mark, following some high-quality buildup. Gutierrez played in Sergio Camargo, whose crossed was brilliantly cut out by Malik Owolabi-Belewu. Had the Forge defender not got in the way of Camargo’s cross, it would have likely been easy pickings for Ali Musse, who looked ready to convert the chance.

Things picked up in the second half, as both teams looked to create some more meaningful chances. The opening goal came at the hour mark, via a corner. Musse swung a short ball into the box, which was met by Camargo. The latter’s looping header at the near post beat Christopher Kalongo, who stood helpless.

Falling behind at home, which happened a lot to Forge last season, the Hammers came out attempting to change their predicament. With about 20 minutes to play, Bobby Smyrniotis’ men drew level. Parra found space on the left wing, crossing the ball to Borges. Despite Callum Montgomery initially getting to the cross, Borges stuck with it, taking a touch before firing it past Marco Carducci.

Six minutes later, the hosts took the lead. Despite taking a knock from a challenge by Gutierrez, Borges was at it again. The attacker kept on playing, combining with Beni Badibanga. A perfectly executed one-two set Badibanga up in the Cavalry box. The winger’s shot took a deflection, which beat a helpless Carducci.

Despite making some changes late on to snag a point, Cavalry failed to create a major chance in the final 20 minutes of the game, ultimately succumbing to defeat. Just as it happened in the final nearly six months ago, Forge came from behind to beat Cavalry at Tim Hortons Field.

There will be no time for either side to rest on their laurels, however. Cavalry will head to the nation’s capital to face off against Atletico Ottawa next Saturday. As for Forge, they will make the very short trip to York Lions Stadium to meet their 905 derby rivals York United.

Header Image Photo Credit: Jojo Yanjiao Qian / Forge FC

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