Forge FC of Hamilton reach Canadian Championship semifinal


Published September 16, 2021 at 12:09 am

Forge FC edged Valour FC of Winnipeg 2-1 on Wednesday in the Canadian Championship. (File photo)

Forge FC are through to the penultimate stage of the Canadian Championship by virtue of a narrow win.

At Tim Hortons Field on Wednesday, Hamilton’s pro soccer club made two rapid-succession goals from David Choinière and Woobens Pacius stand up for a 2-1 quarterfinal win against Valour FC. The victory puts the Forge into the semifinal against the winner of another quarterfinal match between the HFX Wanderers and CF Montreal, a Major League Soccer club.

Choinière opened Forge’s account in the 33rd minute, converting a setup from James Grant. Pacius potted his own rebound in the 38th after being teed up by Kyle Bekker.

Austin Ricci pulled one back for Valour, who are based in Winnipeg, when he beat Forge goalkeeper Triston Henry in the 60th minute.

The other half of the Canadian Championship draw involves Toronto FC, York United, Cavalry FC and Pacific FC. The semifinals are scheduled to take place around Sept. 28-29, with the final due to be played in late October.

Forge FC are involved in three competitions at once. Along with their Canadian Premier League season and the Canadian Championship, they are also into the Round of 16 in the CONCACAF League.

They host the first leg of the CONCACAF League tie against C.A. Independiente, a club from central Panama, at 8 p.m. on Tuesday (Sept. 21). The second leg is scheduled for seven days later.

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