CPL Regular Season 2021 – Game # 54
Forge FC versus York United
Aug 28, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. ET
Tim Hortons Field, Hamilton, Ontario
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Forge FC host York United at Tim Hortons Field on Saturday afternoon for the third 905 derby of the season.
The two teams played twice in a week for their first two games after leaving the bubble in Winnipeg for The Kickoff. Forge won 1-0 at York Lions Stadium in their first CPL game of the season in their home markets, and York retaliated with a 1-0 away win in their second encounter at Tim Hortons Field a few days later.
An early goal by Mo Babouli in the fourth minute of the first game on July 30 was enough for his side to go by all three points, while it was Alvaro Rivero who scored in the second leg for the Nine Stripes before being sent off was minutes later.
Both teams are in good shape, have been unbeaten for five years and have recently lost to each other in the games mentioned above.
Forge has since beaten Atlético Ottawa twice, drew the HFX Wanderers once and played two games in the Concacaf League. They defeated the Salvadoran team CD FAS in the first leg of the preliminary round match with 3-1 and in the second leg they move into the next round with 2-2.
The home loss to The Hammers was York’s only loss since leaving the Winnipeg bubble, as they beat Forge and HFX Wanderers and drew Atlético Ottawa and the Wanderers. They also clinched a massive 5-0 Canadian Championship win – their biggest win ever – against League1 Ontario’s Master’s Futbol Academy during that period.
Forge attacker Tristan Borges is the top scorer in the game, having scored three goals in his career against York. Chris Nanco and Alvaro Rivero have also scored two goals each, including Rivero, who scored the winner when these teams last met.
There were a staggering 19 goals in eight games between the teams, and a game between rivals Ontario never ended goalless – most of the goals they scored in a 4-0 win for York at York Lions Stadium in 2019.
A win on Saturday would put York two points closer to Forge for the final playoff spot, while the home side could jump by at least one point over third-placed Valor or with a win over runner-up Cavalry, which they would see tied on points with Pacific FC the top of the table.
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3 THINGS TO SEE:
- Forge has to take chances against York: This will be the third game of the season between these two Ontario rivals, and Forge head coach Bobby Smyrniotis wants his team to take advantage of the opportunities presented to them – something they didn’t do when these teams clashed early on of the month at Tim Hortons Field. The Hammers had 16 shots on York’s five, had nearly 70% possession and had been a player for the past half hour. They were probably the better team, but being the better team isn’t the most important thing – it’s the bottom line, which was 1-0 for York. “If we take the last two games against them, we have dominated the big ones” [part] these games, ”said Smyrniotis. “They also came here at Tim Hortons Field, a game where we dominated and created the most chances and high quality chances, and they won 1-0. That shows the quality of your squad and we have to be aware of that. “
- Brennan is happy with the team’s growth halfway through the season: Saturday’s game will be the 14th game of the season for both teams as they are the newest clubs to reach the middle of the 2021 CPL season. York United head coach Jimmy Brennan has led a very young but very talented squad to fifth place who entered Saturday’s game, just five points behind Forge for fourth and final playoff spot. With a win they could move into the coveted spot within two points, which would allow them to play for the North Star Shield at the end of the regular season. Brennan’s team are in great shape and excited to see how much they have grown over the course of the season. “From the beginning to what we are today, I think you have improved a lot in our squad,” said Brennan. “You can see a confidence and a belief in our team, we’re now five games unbeaten, we’re starting to find our way. I’m glad where we are now … there are a lot of points to play for, there are still a lot of games to go and we just have to make sure we keep improving. “
- Daniel Krutzen back and successful: Forge FC defender Daniel Krutzen came on Sunday for the first time in six weeks after missing for over a month due to injury and leaving the bench in a 1-1 draw in the last 30 minutes. Krutzen started on Wednesday when Forge beat Atlético Ottawa 4-0, played every 90 minutes and scored the opening goal from the penalty spot at the end of the first half. His return is a welcome return for Forge FC, who had to replace his natural midfield role with Alexander Achinioti-Jönsson for a long period of the season so far due to his injuries as center-back. “[Krutzen has] was one of our top players and the best defender in the league for our first two years. They want these guys out there and in the group and it’s always good to have them on the line-up, ”Smyrniotis said of his Belgian center-back. Krutzen said he was working his way back into full shape and was happy to be back. “It felt good,” said Krutzen of the return to the squad. “I’ve been on the sidelines for about six weeks so it took some getting used to getting the full 90 in my legs again.”
Forge FC wins: 4 || York United wins: 3 || Pulls: 1
4 August 2021 – Forge FC 0-1 York United
“They’re a pretty consistent team, a very organized group. You are a group that feels comfortable on the ball and also feels comfortable not being on the ball. They are a team that can play a lot better in transition than they have in the past and I think that makes them an interesting team. ”- Forge FC head coach Bobby Smyrniotis
“I expect them to be competitive as always. They are a good team, they have a good win. It’s always a good game when we play against each other. ”- York United head coach Jimmy Brennan