It was an up and down week for Forge FC. The high of the first win in franchise history over Pacific on Wednesday was followed by a heartbreaking last-second loss to Cavalry yesterday afternoon.
On the positive end, the Pacific match marked impressive debuts for a pair of Canadian forwards. David Choinière dazzled the hometown crowd with his fancy footwork and beautiful passing. His night was highlighted by a long ball that sent Emery Welshman in on goal, who would make no mistake, beating Pacific keeper Mark Village to open his Canadian Premier League account.
As for the other debut, Anthony Novak wasted little time making an impact, placing Daniel Krutzen’s pass inside the far post, for his first professional goal just three minutes into his professional debut.
Krutzen himself was also impressive in the match, setting up Giuliano Frano from the corner flag to put Forge up 3-0 and seal the deal for their first win in franchise history.
Quillan Roberts would lock the door the record the first clean sheet in Forge history.
Moving on to yesterday’s heartbreaker against Cavalry, the sting is yet to wear off but there were many positives to take from it.
Forge was yet again the better side, dominating possession and coming agonizingly close to putting themselves ahead in the final minutes.
Tirstan Borges made good on his return to the lineup, burying Welshman’s pass inside the far post.
Highlighting the chances for Forge, Kadell Thomas would be denied by a diving Marco Carducci in the 61’. Emery Welshman also had a terrific chance for Forge in the 72’ but drilled the woodwork and things would remain level.
However it was just not meant to be as Cavalry would convert off of a set piece in the 90 + 5’ to steal three points and go home with a 2-1 victory.
At the end of the week Forge sits third in the table with four points, trailing only Valour and Cavalry, with six games left to play in the CPL spring season.