Forge win nail-biter in Langford

It was a successful west coast trip for Forge FC. They head back to the hammer with the full three points after beating a pesky Pacific FC side in Langford.

In the first meeting between the two teams, Forge tallied three goals, tonight they did the same.

Results wise, the match was a tale of two halves. In the first 45’ neither team could find the back of the net.

Forge dominated the first half, peppering Pacific keeper Nolan Wirth with 15 shots, eight on target, in the first half. It didn’t take long for things to get going either. Elimane Cissé got in close in the 8’ but was denied by Wirth. Welshman and Zajac would both have chances in the next 10 minutes, but they too would be denied.

Later in the half, both Cissé and Zajac had golden chances but couldn’t find a way to get the ball past Wirth.

Pacific had a few chances as well. Most notably when Quillan Roberts made a spectacular save at his near post. His defenders had his back too. Dominic Samuel was able to clear the rebound away off the line and keep things scoreless.

Canadian Premier League - Pacific FC V Forge FC - Victoria, BC, Canada - July 13, 2019

Things would stay scoreless at the break and they teams went into the locker room with no score.

Results started to pour in after the break with three goals being scored within the first 10 minutes of the second half.

Tristan Borges got things going in the 47’ minute. The Forge winger took a step inside the box and buried his left footed strike into the back of the net. The goal moved Borges into a tie for first in the CPL goal scoring race. More on that later.

Pacific wasted little time answering, and evened the score in the 49’.

Emery Welshman was assessed a yellow card in the 51’ but would make amends three minutes later. The Guyanese international promptly went five-hole on the Pacific keeper, pulling Forge ahead yet again.

Elimane Cissé was substituted in favour of Giuliano Frano after sustaining an injury that garnered sympathy from all of the men in attendance.

Canadian Premier League - Pacific FC V Forge FC - Victoria, BC, Canada - July 13, 2019

Jonathan Grant, who was making his first start since the inaugural match in April, was lifted in favour for Kwame Awuah.

Then, Forge’s inaugural goal scorer, Kadell Thomas was brought on for Marcel Zajac.

Kadell wasted almost no time making an impact. Dashing down the right wing, he feathered a ball across the area for Tristan Borges who promptly tapped it in to move into first place in the CPL goal scoring lead and put Forge up 3-1 with only 10 minutes left to play.

Forge fans couldn’t relax just yet however as Pacific would pull within a goal making things 3-2.

After a few tense moments and a record setting 21 total shots, Forge hung on for the 3-2 lead and will be returning home with the full three points.

Upon their arrival, the hammers will be preparing for Wednesday’s match with HFX Wanderers at Tim Hortons Field. First touch in that one is scheduled for 7 p.m. EDT.