Skipper Kyle Bekker’s return could not have come at a better time for Forge FC. Every match in the Canadian Premier League carries tremendous weight, due to the structure of the spring season, but tonight’s 2-0 win over Valour meant even more for Forge FC.
Back in February, the Canadian soccer association announced that it would be using the spring season matches between Forge, Valour and Edmonton to determine who would get a spot in the Concacaf League. Edmonton won their first match over Valour earlier this month, which made today’s win that much bigger for Forge.
Forge wasted little time getting on the board in Winnipeg. The Valour defence broke down after a corner and Anthony Novak went in all alone making no mistake as he side stepped Valour keeper Tyson Farago and feathered the ball into the back of the net.
With the goal, Novak moved into a tie with teammate Kadell Thomas in the CPL golden boot race, with two goals each. A race, that would get a little more crowded by the end of the match.
Hamilton did a nice job of limiting chances in the first half. However, Valour forward Ali Musse did have an opportunity to even the score in the 24’ but Triston Henry made a spectacular diving left handed save to keep Forge in the lead.
Marcel Zajac was shown a yellow card in the 31’.
After some more suffocating defence from Forge, the team entered half with a one goal lead.
Coming out of the locker room, Forge would do a great job of taking the life out of the game. They smothered much of Valour’s attack and left little room for a Valour equalizer.
Coach Peter Reynders, who is standing in for Coach Bobby Smyrniotis, went to his bench in the 55’, bringing on Kadell Thomas in exchange for Marcel Zajac. Coach Reynders went to his bench again in the 63’ minute bringing on Chris Nanco, for Anthony Novak.
Tristan Borges would throw his name into the golden boot race, in the 69’ minute. His left footed strike would stay just inside the near post.
Looking to lock the game down, coach Reynders used his final substitution in the 83’ minute as Kwame Awuyah came on for Tristan Borges.
Kadell Thomas picked up a yellow card in the 89’ after a scuffle in the Valour half.
In the end, Triston Henry hung on for the clean sheet and Forge are heading home with a huge three points and a 2-0 win.
Forge FC are back in action next Saturday when they head to York Lions stadium for the second installment of the 905 Derby. They’ll be back at Tim Hortons Field on May 29 when they host FC Edmonton in another match with Concacaf League implications.