Substitute Anthony Novak’s 83rd-minute objective lifted 10-man Forge FC to a 2-1 victory over El Salvador’s CD Municipal Limeno in a Scotiabank CONCACAF League preliminary-round recreation Thursday.
Novak managed a wonderful ball from Dominic Samuel that landed simply contained in the penalty field and hammered a shot previous goalkeeper William Torres. The objective got here after some a stretch of stress from the Canadian aspect with Mo Babouli tormenting Limeno defenders.
Forge misplaced fullback Johnny Grant within the 64th minute for a second yellow card in a uneven second half that featured numerous whistles from Honduran referee Selvin Brown.
Forge will keep in Central America, heading on to Panama for a Nov. three round-of-16 date with Tauro FC.
The 22-team CONCACAF League competitors is a feeder match, sending the winner and subsequent 5 best-ranked golf equipment to the 2021 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.
Thursday’s recreation marked the primary motion for Hamilton’s Forge since Sept. 19 when it defeated HFX Wanderers FC within the Island Games last. Municipal Limeno, in the meantime, is 2 video games into its new season and performed on the weekend.
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Forge fielded the identical beginning 11 as within the Canadian Premier League last excluding Kadell Thomas coming in for suspended midfielder Kwame Awuah.
Forge had the higher begin however Limeno, making its CONCACAF League debut, got here on as the primary half wore on.
Forge’s David Choiniere opened the scoring within the 21st minute, the beneficiary of a marvellous Babouli go. Choiniere’s run took him between the centre backs earlier than sliding a left footed shot previous an onrushing Torres.
Limeno tied it up within the 38th minute via Kevin Oviedo. The Forge defence converged on Harold Alas excessive within the penalty field and he laid the ball off to an open Oviedo, whose shot overpowered Triston Henry.
There have been hazard indicators within the 15th minute after a giveaway by Forge defender Daniel Krutzen. But Edwin Sanchez could not hit the goal, seeming uncertain whether or not to ship a shot or cross.
At the opposite finish, Thomas was a menace down the left flank.
Henry needed to play sweeper within the 20th minute to maintain a via ball that break up the defender. Limeno caught Forge napping with a fast free kick within the 28th minute, whereas Henry was organizing his defensive wall, however the shot was extensive.
Forge got here shut within the 53rd minute however Krutzen’s header off a nook glanced off the crossbar. Henry was known as into motion on the different finish within the 55th, parrying a header off a nook.
Limeno had issue benefiting from the man-advantage and had bother coping with Babouli’s offensive trickery.
Tournament disrupted by virus
Originally slated to run from July to November, the CONCACAF League was postponed as a result of international pandemic. The competitors, which kicked off Tuesday, is scheduled to run via Jan. 28.
COVID-19 continues to canine the match, nevertheless.
Thursday’s match between Costa Rica’s LD Alajuelense and the Dominican’s Cibao FC was postponed pending additional testing within the wake of ” inconsistencies which raise the possibility that (pre-game) CONCACAF protocols were not followed.”
Tuesday’s recreation between Haiti’s Arcahaie FC and Belize’s Verdes FC was postponed simply hours earlier than kickoff after 4 gamers and 4 workers members from Verdes FC examined optimistic.
There have been additionally optimistic checks forward of the preliminary-round match between El Salvador’s CD FAS and Nicaragua’s Managua FC, however not sufficient to vary Tuesday’s kickoff.
Thursday’s recreation was performed at an empty Estadio Cuscatlan, the nationwide stadium within the El Salvador capital reasonably than at Limeno’s extra modest house stadium in Santa Rosa de Lima, some 170 kilometres away.
Preliminary-round and round-of-16 matches are being performed as single-game ties on the highest-ranked membership’s stadium. All different rounds shall be performed as house and away ties.
The CPL champions have been with out defender Klaidi Cela, who tore knee ligaments within the CPL last, and ahead Chris Nanco, who suffered a hamstring damage on the Island Games. Nanco might be part of the workforce in Panama.
Last yr, Forge dispatched Guatemala’s Antigua GFC 2-1 on mixture within the preliminary spherical earlier than dropping 4-2 on mixture to Honduras’ Olimpia within the spherical of 16.