Cavalry FC has one foot in the second round of The Island Games.
The Cavs dispatched a fickle HFX Wanderers FC side 2-1 on Sunday night, a result that puts them on ten points from four matches and two points clear of Forge FC atop the overall standings.
A bizarre injury-time sequence of goals ended up not affecting the final outcome, as Cavalry limited a surging Wanderers side to few chances at goal over 90 minutes.
An otherwise dead-even first half was separated by a wonder-strike from Nathan Mavila in the 29th minute. The fullback caught Jason Beaulieu off his line, and sent a curling effort from near the touchline over the HFX goalkeeper and into the net to give Cavalry a 1-0 lead.
The Wanderers were not without their chances in the first half. A João Morelli header in the 37th minute forced a clutch save from Cavs ‘keeper Niko Giantsopoulos, while teammate Cory Bent broke through for a pair of one-v-ones, the second being called back for offside.
To counter the Wanderers press, Cavalry switched to a back-four in the second half, adding an extra midfielder. It helped create chances for Marcus Haber – who broke through on goal several times – and Jordan Brown.
Brown scored his third goal in two matches with an incredible individual effort in the 90th minute, turning on a defender and finding the back of the net.
Then, just moments later at the other end, HFX would get a consolation after a handball call sent Akeem Garcia to the penalty spot. The Trinidad and Tobago striker converted, though it was too little, too late.
Next up for the Wanderers is FC Edmonton, who they’ll face on Wednesday (8pm ET/9pm AT on OneSoccer). Cavalry returns to action against Atlético Ottawa on Thursday (8pm ET/9pm AT on OneSoccer).