Forge picked up the 2-1 victory in today’s 905 derby at Tim Hortons Field. It was an entertaining match between the Ontario rivals. Forge moved into first place, while Tristan Borges continues to threaten in the golden boot race.
As they’ve done so many times this year, Forge wasted little time getting on the scoreboard. Today, it only took 21 minutes. Captain Kyle Bekker played Tristan Borges in with a beautiful ball. Borges dashed down the left side, into the box and made no mistake, placing his left footed strike to the keepers right, putting Forge up 1-0.
Forge controlled the ball throughout the first half, making it very difficult for York to get anything going and when they did Triston Henry was the to answer. His biggest save of the half came just before it ended. Rodrigo Gattis had a terrific chance to get York on the board but Henry did a terrific job getting his hands to the ball and putting it behind for a corner.
The Hammers would go into the locker room with a 1-0 lead and would look to keep things going out of the break.
It didn’t take long for Forge to add to their lead in the second half. Marcel Zajac doubled the Forge lead seven minutes into the second half. Chris Nanco crossed the ball in to Jonathan Grant who headed it over to Zajac and he made no mistake heading the ball into the back of the net. The goal was Zajac’s first career goal for Forge.
Less than 10 minutes later, Chris Nanco almost added to the lead but his chance was put behind for a corner.
York made things a bit more uncomfortable in the 64’ minute, when they were awarded a penalty. Wataru Murofushi was chosen to take it and he made no mistake, pulling York within striking distance.
Head Coach Bobby Smyrniotis would use all three of his substitutions in this match, as his team tried to lock things down. First, he brought on Kadell Thomas for David Choinière. Thomas has had success in the 905 derby in the past, scoring in the inaugural match back in April.
Next, Coach Smyrniotis brought on Anthony Novak for the goal scorer Marcel Zajac. Novak was sporting a bandage around his head after suffering an injury in Wednesday’s match that required stitches just above his eye.
Finally, Alexander Achinioti-Jönsson would come on for captain Kyle Bekker, who passed the armband off to Tristan Borges before exiting the pitch.
The Hamilton stifled any of York’s equalizing attempts and held on for the 2-1 lead. With the win, Forge moves into first place in the CPL’s Fall Competition. Forge also improved to 2-0-1 in York9 derbies.
Forge will have little time to rest as they are back in action on Thursday, when they travel to Winnipeg and take on Valour FC.