First-place Forge: Hamilton’s soccer club moves into top spot in the Canadian Premier League

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Published August 29, 2021 at 12:46 pm

HAMILTON, ONTARIO - AUGUST 28: 2021 Canadian Premier League game between Hamilton Forge FC and York United FC at Tim Hortons Field on August 28, 2021 in Hamilton, Ontario. (Photo by Ryan McCullough/Hamilton Forge FC)

It was a slow start to the 2021 season but the back-to-back Canadian Premier League champions are back in a familiar spot.

Forge FC took the No. 1 spot atop the CPL table with a 3-1 win over York United FC Saturday (Aug. 28) at Tim Hortons Field.

Forge (8-5-1) star Tristan Borges opened the scoring 14 minutes in, putting a low, right-footed shot into the back of the net.

Diyaeddine Abzi briefly knotted the score at 1-1 with a goal for York (4-5-5) in the 39th minute.

Rookie Woobens Pacius regained the lead for the home side in the 45th minute and David Choiniere added an insurance goal in the 74th. Pacius, 20, has three goals in four games this season. He’s already tied for second on the club in goals.

Forge keeper Triston Henry had four saves and Nikolaos Giantsopoulos had three stops for York.

United sit in fifth spot.

The top four teams at the end of the regular season qualify for the playoffs.

–with files from The Canadian Press

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