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GALLERY: Forge FC wins Finals 2019, in photos
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The Canadian Premier League has crowned a champion. Forge FC lifted the North Star Shield at ATCO Field, Spruce Meadows on Saturday after beating hosts Cavalry FC 1-0 to win the two-legged Finals, 2-0 on aggregate.

For those who missed out, it was every bit as emotional a contest as the previous weekend’s first leg, with crunching tackles at every juncture. The stakes were high, and both Forge and Cavalry acted like it.

With the first-ever CPL Finals (and season) now complete, let’s look back on ten photos from Saturday that tell the story of Forge’s historic victory.


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1. Foot Soldiers in full voice

Cavalry FC supporters gear up for kickoff in Finals 2019 with some pyrotechnics. (Photo: CPL)
Cavalry FC supporters gear up for kickoff in Finals 2019 with some pyrotechnics. (Photo: CPL)

Just as Tim Hortons Field was a week ago, ATCO Field was packed for Leg 2, especially the supporters’ section. Every inch of the rail seemed covered in flags, and the Foot Soldiers were in full voice for 90 minutes, and a good deal after that as well.

2. No quarter

Forge FC midfielder David Choiniere (7) and Cavalry FC attacker Nico Pasquotti (17) battle for the ball in the second half during a Canadian Premier League soccer final match at Spruce Meadows. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports for CPL
Forge FC midfielder David Choiniere (7) and Cavalry FC attacker Nico Pasquotti (17) battle for the ball in the second half Canadian Premier League Finals match at Spruce Meadows. (Photo: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports for CPL)

Saturday’s match was a tough one, and Cavalry’s Nico Pasquotti often found himself right in the middle of the fury. Here, he came out on the losing end of a battle with Forge’s eventual goalscorer, David Choinière.

3. Fallen warrior

Nov 2, 2019; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Forge FC attacker Anthony Novak (23) gets help off the pitch in the second half against the Cavalry FC during a Canadian Premier League soccer final match at Spruce Meadows. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports for CPL
Forge FC attacker Anthony Novak (23) gets help off the pitch in the second half against Cavalry FC during CPL Finals at Spruce Meadows. (Photo: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports for CPL)

The physical rivalry was not without casualties. Anthony Novak took the brunt of a tackle late in the second half, and needed the help of his teammates and trainers to leave the pitch. He wasn’t the only one, either; this match took a toll on every player.

4. In safe hands

Canadian Premier League Finals - Cavalry FC v Hamilton Forge FC - Calgary, Alberta, Canada Nov. 2, 2019 Triston Henry of Forge FC makes a diving save late in the game. Mike Sturk/CPL
Triston Henry of Forge FC makes a diving save late in the game. (Photo: Mike Sturk/CPL)

Forge were pinned back for most of Leg 2, trying to hold onto their lead, but they held firm against Cavalry’s onslaught. Triston Henry was outstanding in goal, coming off his line aggressively and making the save whenever called upon.

5. Jubilation!

Nov 2, 2019; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Forge FC midfielder David Choiniere (7) celebrates with teammates after agoal against the Cavalry FC in the second half during a Canadian Premier League soccer final match at Spruce Meadows. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports for CPL
Forge FC midfielder David Choiniere (7) celebrates with teammates after a goal against the Cavalry FC in the second half at Spruce Meadows. (Photo: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports for CPL)

With Cavalry throwing all they could at the Forge goal, David Choinière put the match to bed deep into stoppage time with his counter-attacking goal. As luck would have it, he finished right in front of the travelling contingent of Forge fans, to which he beelined after scoring.

6. It’s all over!

Forge FC goalkeeper Quillan Roberts and midfielder Alexander Achinioti-Jonsson come together as Forge players celebrate at the final whistle. (Photo: CPL)
Forge FC goalkeeper Quillan Roberts and midfielder Alexander Achinioti-Jonsson come together as Forge players celebrate at the final whistle. (Photo: CPL)

At the final whistle, just seconds after Choinière’s goal, Forge’s bench players wasted no time in rushing the pitch to join their teammates. It looks like goalkeeper Quillan Roberts was first to arrive.

7. Spare a thought for your adversary

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Forge FC’s Tristan Borges shares a moment with Cavalry FC’s Julian Buescher after Leg 2 of Finals 2019. (Photo: CPL)

Gracious in victory, a number of Forge players were spotted congratulating their rivals on a well-fought season. Here, Tristan Borges consoles Cavalry’s Julian Büscher after the final whistle.

8. It’s not thaaat cold…

Forge FC defender Kwame Awuah celebrates after winning the CPL Finals. (Photo: CPL)
Forge FC defender Kwame Awuah celebrates after winning the CPL Finals. (Photo: CPL)

The weather cooperated pretty well in Calgary, but it was by no means a scorcher. Still, it looks like adrenaline (and a Barton St. Battalion scarf) provided Forge’s Kwame Awuah with all the warmth he needed.

9. The founder and the fans

Forge FC co-founder Bob Young celebrates with travelling fans at ATCO Field. (Photo: CPL)
Forge FC co-founder Bob Young celebrates with travelling fans at ATCO Field. (Photo: CPL)

Caretaker Bob Young was, of course, on hand for the festivities. He was quick to visit the Forge fans behind the net after the game, celebrating the long road it’s been to get to this point.

10. The historic lift

Forge FC captain Kyle Bekker hoists the North Star Shield at ATCO Field. (Photo: CPL)
Forge FC captain Kyle Bekker hoists the North Star Shield at ATCO Field. (Photo: CPL)

Kyle Bekker here became the first person to lift the North Star Shield as CPL champion. History was made in this moment at Spruce Meadows.

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