HAMITLON, ON November 4 – Forge FC has officially been crowned the 2019 Canadian Premier League champions, the very first in the league’s history.
The Hamilton outfit clawed their way to lifting the North Star Shield for the first time on Saturday, as they downed Cavalry FC 1:0 at ATCO Field, Spruce Meadows, which added insurance to the 1:0 lead they earned a week prior at Tim Hortons Field. A late goal was the cherry on top for Forge, who took Finals 2019 2:0 on aggregate.
Holding on to bring the first professional championship to Hamilton since the Tiger-Cats’ 1999 Grey Cup and the Hamilton Bulldogs’ 2007 Calder Cup, Forge withstood a hostile atmosphere and an unrelenting adversary en route to one of the most intense matches the CPL has seen.
With the win, Forge have also ensured that continental soccer will return to the Golden Horseshoe in 2020. As CPL champions, they’ll get to make another foray into the CONCACAF League, after a successful run this season that saw them bounced in the quarter-finals by C.D. Olimpia.
Find out more on CanPL.ca.
Forge FC – Cavalry FC 1:0 (1:0)
Goal: Borges 45′
Yellow carded: Awuah – Minatel, Wheeldon, Trafford, Ledgerwood
Red carded: Borges (69) – Waterman (37)
Venue: Tim Horton’s Field
Date: October 26, 2019,4:00 pm EDT
Cavalry FC – Forge FC 0:1 (0:0)
Goal: Chioniere 90′
Yellow carded: Pasquotti, Ledgerwood, Escalante, Wheeldon – Novak, Chioniere, Henry
Venue: Spruce Meandows
Date: November 2, 2019, 4:00 pm EDT
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