Friday, January 27, 2023
Home Covid-19 Forge FC downs York United 3-1, will play for third straight CPL...

Forge FC downs York United 3-1, will play for third straight CPL championship

Forge FC will play Pacific FC for a Canadian Premier League title after defeating local rivals York United FC 3-1 in Sunday’s semifinal.

Hamilton’s Forge is a win away from a third straight CPL title after dispatching York at Tim Hortons Field.

Pacific FC downed host Calvary FC 2-1 in Saturday’s semifinal in Calgary to advance.

Read more:
Ending the season in style, Hamilton Tiger-Cats rough up Saskatchewan

As the top playoff seed, Forge will host the CPL’s championship game Dec. 5.

Sunday’s “905 Derby” got off to a slippery start on a rainy afternoon in Hamilton with Woobens Pacius giving the hosts a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute.

Tristan Borges’ perfectly timed through ball split the York defenders and picked out Pacius, whose drilled left-footed finish off the post beat York `keeper Nathan Ingham.

Story continues below advertisement

“(Pacius) showed up, he’s been showing up and at the end of the day he’s a striker and that’s his most important attribute to have,” Borges said.

“As a midfielder, I’m proud to see his movement right as I look up, I saw the run that he made and I wanted to give him the opportunity to try to score, help the team out and that’s exactly what he did.

“As an individual, he’s stepped up to the plate multiple times this year and I’m sure if his name is called again in the future, he’s going to do the same thing.”

The Nine Stripes countered in the 38th minute with Michael Petrasso drawing the visitors level at 1-1.

Daniel Krutzen’s headed clearance from a York cross left Triston Henry in no man’s land, which gave Petrasso the room to chip the Forge `keeper from top of the box.

Story continues below advertisement

Forge had 54 per cent possession while firing more than triple as many shots (14) as York did (4) in the first half. Hamilton wasn’t able to capitalize on that dominant display to extend or preserve their lead before halftime.

Ijah Halley came on in the 56th minute of the game for Petrasso, who held his hamstring as he limped off the field.

“We tried to stay in the game,” York United FC head coach Jimmy Brennan said. “Michael coming off with being injured changed things for us, so we expected to add a bit more pace down the flanks with Ijah.

“Overall, I thought it was a decent match but they just had a little bit more quality than what we did on the night.”

York’s second substitution in the 64th minute swapped Lowell Wright in for Julian Ulbricht.

Just two minutes later, Forge led 2-1.

Read more:
Canada’s men’s soccer team turning heads, winning games and fans in World Cup qualifying run

Despite being the more dominant side in the opening 20 minutes of the second half, a lapse in defensive concentration from York United afforded Omar Browne enough time to find Navarro in the penalty box.

Story continues below advertisement

Navarro’s shot flew past the fingertips of Ingham and into the back of the net.

“He’s been excellent. It’s like sometimes he’s a guy for special missions,” Forge FC head coach Bobby Smyrniotis said.

“Navarro’s performance was absolutely brilliant right from the beginning and especially in the second half.

“He just picked it up and he was excellent in all the zones we wanted him to be. He scored that second goal that was very crucial for us and he got the header leading to the third goal.”

Hamilton extended its lead in the 73rd minute via an own goal from York’s Noah Verhoeven.

Read more:
Larin’s 2 goals lift Canada to 2-1 win over Mexico in World Cup qualifying match in Edmonton

Forge captain Kyle Bekker’s corner kick met the head of Navarro, whose deflected effort struck Verhoeven and found the back of the net to give Forge a fourth set-piece goal against York in their last two meetings.

Smyrniotis made his first substitutions for the home team in the 76th and 82nd minute as Maxim Tissot and Chris Nanco replaced Borges and Pacius respectively.

Forge capped a well-rounded performance with their third and final substitution in the 92nd minute when Omar Browne made way for Klaidi Cela.


© 2021 The Canadian Press

Most Popular

All five officers face the same set of charges. Here is what they mean.

A federal civil rights investigation into the death of Tyre Nichols, a 29-year old Black man who died after a violent arrest by Memphis...

Amendments to final multi-year budget voted on at London, Ont. city hall 

A marathon day at city hall in London, Ont., Thursday resulted in city councillors agreeing on a proposed budget. Councillors debated issues including tree planting,...

B.C. government needs ‘additional information’ before decision on Surrey Police Service

There will be no quick answer to the uncertainty around the future of policing in Surrey, B.C. Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth...

Is the Beyond Meat product line nothing but a fad?

With more and more people switching to vegan or vegetarian eating options, the search for a ‘fake meat’ alternative quickly arose. Restaurants like A&W made...