FT — It’s over in Charlottetown! Forge FC repeat as Canadian Premier League champions, beating HFX 2-0.
89’ — Forge FC 2-0 HFX Wanderers — GOAL! Maxim Tissot fired a shot from really far out at Christian Oxner, and the HFX ‘keeper mistakenly let it past him, and into the goal. It’s a heartbreaking goal to give up, and this game is now out of reach.
GOAL | #CanPL— OneSoccer (@onesoccer) September 19, 2020
Maxim Tissot makes it TWO for @ForgeFCHamilton in BIZARRE fashion, catching Christian Oxner with a mistake ... but they all count the same! @ForgeFCHamilton, minutes away from their 2nd North Star Shield! ⭐️
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80’ — Mo Babouli! The Forge attacker showed off some tricks, beating a pair of HFX defenders, but couldn’t find a shot or cross.
Subs: Forge bring on Max Tissot in for Paolo Sabak and Anthony Novak in for Mo Babouli. HFX bring on Omar Kreim for João Morelli.
75’ — One last drinks break. HFX have 15 minutes left to find a goal.
71’ — Corey Bent comes on to replace Alessandro Riggi.
67’ — Forge make the first substitution, with Kadell Thomas replacing Jonathan Grant.
65’ — David Edgar goes into the book for a professional foul on Akeem Garcia. Garcia had him beat for pace, so the Forge defender dragged him down.
64’ — Forge have upped the pressure here. They’re looking to put this game to bed, but HFX are scrambling the ball away.
60’ — Forge FC 1-0 HFX Wanderers — GOAL! Alexander Achinioti-Jönsson heads the ball home from a yard out, and Forge take the lead! A sensational cross from Mo Babouli set that one up.
GOAL | #CanPL— OneSoccer (@onesoccer) September 19, 2020
The Hammer has DROPPED! @ForgeFCHamilton opens the scoring in the 2020 #IslandGames Final, Alexandre Achinioti-Jonsson punishing @HFXWanderersFC on a corner kick follow-up
30 minutes to go!
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58’ — Jonny Grant goes into the book.
53’ —Daniel Krutzen takes a free kick for Forge, but it goes wide.
46’ — We’re back for the second half! Akeem Garcia hasn’t seen much of the ball in this one, something HFX will be hoping to change as they look for the game’s first goal.
HT — Halftime in Charlottetown and we’re still waiting for the opening goal. If this match ends in a draw, it’ll go straight to penalties.
40’ — A shot from Alessandro Riggi strikes David Edgar and bounces to Golden Boot winner Akeem Garcia. He fires it right at Triston Henry, but it was called offside anyway. There were shouts for a handball against Edgar, but the referee doesn’t call it. A much weaker handball was called in the last meeting between these sides...
Handball?— OneSoccer (@onesoccer) September 19, 2020
We've seen 'em given before...
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38’ — Christian Oxner landed awkwardly while reaching for the ball on a corner, but he looks to be okay.
30’ — Water break in PEI. Neither side has had a great scoring chance yet, as both sets of defenders are standing tall. Bring defensively sound is what’s going to win this match.
22’ — HFX usually don’t win the possession battle, but they’re in the driver’s seat thus far.
Gonna say this... isn't the first 15 min we expected? #CanPL pic.twitter.com/7kccQ64Gp3— Charlie O'Connor-Clarke (@charliejclarke) September 19, 2020
17’ — Forge are picking up the pace! This game is full of quick counter attacks, and it feels as though a goal is coming, just need one of the two teams to find it.
15’ — Paolo Sabak must be pretty dizzy...
Paolo Sabak doing his best Beyblade impression, spinning around and around and around and getting through the @HFXWanderersFC midfield #CanPL | #IslandGames pic.twitter.com/cGqVVukWa4— OneSoccer (@onesoccer) September 19, 2020
8’ — HFX are putting pressure on Forge early. They’ve had most of the ball in these early moments. There’s been a number of early corners, but nothing came of any of them.
1’ — This match is underway! We’re 90 minutes away from knowing the 2020 CPL champion.
1:48 p.m. EST — Not long to go! Fans of both teams are ready for this one!
Lots of painters tape was harmed during this. pic.twitter.com/l73YFghlgG— Allan (@offsidetwice) September 19, 2020
Sitting in the most anticipation I've had since maybe the 2010 gold medal game.— Chris Johnson (@CJo0017) September 19, 2020
This team made me fall in love with the game again and I can't thank them enough. #COYW #CPLFinal2020 @HFXWanderersFC @onesoccer @CPLsoccer pic.twitter.com/YQGFcyKpjB
1:35 p.m. EST — The kits for today’s match:
Today’s kit choices for the big final #CanPL l @MacronSports pic.twitter.com/yUJSjqSw1Q— CanPL (@CPLsoccer) September 19, 2020
1:22 p.m. EST— Less than one hour until kickoff! Let us know in the comments who you think is going to take home the North Star Shield!
Mo Babouli gets the start up top for Forge FC, as they play yet another different front three.
After heavily rotating their lineup against Pacific FC, HFX is back to full-strength. Golden Boot frontrunner Akeem Garcia starts up top for the Wanderers.
The final set of Starting XIs for the 2020 CPL season#CanPL l @WestJet pic.twitter.com/bR4foGgPtw— CanPL (@CPLsoccer) September 19, 2020
The 2020 Canadian Premier League champion will be awarded the North Star Shield this afternoon.
Reigning champs Forge FC take on HFX Wanderers, who are hoping to pull off a dramatic “worst-to-first” turnaround after finishing at the bottom of the table in 2019.
One last match on the Island #CanPL pic.twitter.com/3kdd27yvfx— CanPL (@CPLsoccer) September 19, 2020
There are no suspensions on either side today, but OneSoccer’s Oliver Platt has an injury update:
Both teams carrying various knocks today but Halifax should have everyone available for selection. Forge have question marks over Elimane Cisse and Chris Nanco. Klaidi Cela is out. #CanPL— Oliver Platt (@plattoli) September 19, 2020
For my full preview of today’s match, click here.
How To Watch
This match is available live on OneSoccer and CBC at 2 p.m. EST.
TOMORROW | We've got the 2020 #IslandGames Championship— OneSoccer (@onesoccer) September 18, 2020
It's @HFXWanderersFC vs. @ForgeFCHamilton, available on OneSoccer (KICK OFF 2PM ET/3PM AT)
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