Hamilton was buzzing on Saturday with the Barton St. Battalion in full voice, as they packed out their usual corner section with flags, orange smoke, and some creative chants.
2. Welcome to the Hammer
The stadium was, for the most part, packed with orange shirts. Still, the visitors weren’t without their own contingent from Calgary THF.
Kudos to the travelling supporters!
3. Stay on your feet
Matches between Cavalry and Forge this year have been among the most physical clashes in the CPL, and Saturday was no different. Everyone got in on the action from both sides with no shortage of crunching tackles.
4. Caught red-handed?
Cavalry’s Joel Waterman pleads his case after conceding a first-half penalty kick. According to Tommy Wheeldon Jr., the official word was an official handball.
Little did Waterman know, he’d be punished with more than a penalty…
5. “Send him off, ref!”
Fans in Winnipeg have a long-standing tradition of flashing red cards to visiting players, dating back to the Winnipeg Fury days of the late ’80s. Perhaps the Barton St. Battalion took a page out of Red River Rising’s book on Saturday?
Either way, their pleas paid off. Joel Waterman saw red moments after that handball.
Nik Ledgerwood said after the game that if two teams in a final look like they’re friends, “then something’s wrong.”
Well, nobody would be fooled into thinking these sides were overly fond of each other. The match was jam-packed with fiery disputes like this one.
9. A full team effort
Forge might not be leading this tie if it weren’t for the contributions of some European talent. Daniel Krutzen stepped up with three of his fellow defenders unavailable through suspension or injury, and Alexander Achinioti-Jonsson made a much-welcomed return to the midfield.
10. Looking sharp, Tommy
The best-dressed manager in the CPL outdid himself on Saturday, with custom Cavalry suits for all the players and a pocketwatch to truly mark the occasion.
His side may have come out of it a goal down, but it’s all still on the table in Leg 2 at ATCO Field next Saturday.