Forge’s quest for the Voyageurs Cup has come to an end.
Tonight was a tale of two halves. In the first 45 Forge looked like the much better side. They had the majority of chances and out shot Cavalry 6-4.
Kyle Bekker got Forge on the board early as the captain’s left footed strike found the back of the net to put Forge up 1-0, 14 minutes into the game.
Bekker continued to make things happen. He and Borges worked a short corner, but Bekker’s left footed strike sailed past the near post. About 12 minutes later, Alexander Achinioti-Jönsson got his head on another Bekker corner, but he would send it over the bar.
Triston Henry made the save of the night in the 36’ as he dove to deny a Dominique Malonga strike from distance.
Malonga would get his revenge however, beating the Forge keeper five minutes later to pull Cavalry even, and send the teams into the locker room tied 1-1.
Coming out of the locker room, Cavalry really turned it on defensively. Forge struggled to get it going, thanks to the quality defending from the other side.
Cavalry would pull ahead in the 58’ making the score 2-1 and 3-2 on aggregate.
Forge were without both Emery Welshman, who is on Gold Cup duty with Guyana and Anthony Novak who is recovering from an injury. Because of this, Head Coach Bobby Smyrniotis had to get creative. He used all three of his subs in the match, bringing on Kadell Thomas and newcomer Jace Kotsopoulos in the 63’. Coach Smyrniotis would go to his bench a third and final time in the 80’ minute brining on Klaidi Cela for Giuliano Frano.
Daniel Krutzen was assessed a yellow card for his challenge in the 69’.
Hamilton would press for an equalizer, that would have seen them through to the next round, but they were unsuccessful and Cavalry was able to hang on for the 2-1 win.
Forge will be back in action on Saturday at Tim Hortons Field at 5 p.m. where they will be wearing their black and gold kits.