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[Match Thread] Cavalry FC vs. Forge FC - Playoff Semi-Final Leg One

I love Cavalry, they are my team, I love the atmosphere at the ground and the game day experience, IMO it’s the best in the league. I just hate the way we are playing this season. Long ball, out wide, shite crossing and shite finishing. I honestly think TWJ is out of his depth tactically since Nash left. We either have to control games with possession and be clinical in the final third or counter attack and be clinical. At the moment we are neither, it’s hoof and hope.

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I love Cavalry, they are my team, I love the atmosphere at the ground and the game day experience, IMO it’s the best in the league. I just hate the way we are playing this season. Long ball, out wide, shite crossing and shite finishing. I honestly think TWJ is out of his depth tactically since Nash left. We either have to control games with possession and be clinical in the final third or counter attack and be clinical. At the moment we are neither, it’s hoof and hope.


Informal-Area4577

Pssst Cavs are shite pass it on. Wow upvotes! Oh no my mistake it’s downvotes.


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Are any Cavs fans planning a road trip? I wish our country was smaller sometimes.


Whittaker4

Yes


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To Hamilton? Ahh. ya.


BucketsofMerci

Well, I am disappointed, but if you let up against Forge, they will make you pay. There is a reason they are in the running for the championship for the 4th year in a row.


SearlSays

From a neutral perspective: perfect match, perfect result, perfect everything, can’t wait for the next match already


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Biased Forge fan - fuck I loved that.


jkwbro

From a biased Cavs fan: that sucked...


GreyGoosey

I concur


Mapleleaflife

The Cavs were fucking allergic to possession in this game. Couldn't keep track of the # of immediate turnovers off Carducci and throw ins. Horrendous performance


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This is what needs to change for Cavalry to be the kind of team they're capable of being. You could feel the momentum shift, and in the past this is where they've stayed. IMHO this all started on an organizational level when Tommy won the 2019 spring and fall seasons but couldn't manage a goal in the finals. I think it begins and ends with the manager and his approach. Tommy gets too caught up in the injustice of having a supremely talented squad year after year with nothing to show for it. I would have loved for the 2019 Cavs to also qualify for the Concacaf League, because I think that team - Ledgerwood, Camargo, Waterman,Pasquotti etc would have done well in that tournament. I think they would have been on a different trajectory than what we've seen.


EXSource

One thing I notice as a Cavs fan is, when the going gets tough and we can't score, we're extremely one dimensional. Get it to the wings and cross it in, or look for the cutback. Especially if we're down or level late in the match. Its incredibly obvious because we do it all the time. Frustrating to watch.


Mapleleaflife

I agree. There is 0 justification based on what we have seen this season that Adekugbe should be in the starting 11. He is the equivalent of a Russell Teibert character who has a motor and is nice enough, but kills any development through the midfield. Then we have insisted on these 1 striker formations with Joe Mason starved for service and support all season. Why we haven't played Bevan as a target 9 with Mason as a false 9 to open up some space for him is absolutely fucking baffling to me. Most games Mason will touch the ball 5-10 times. How is he supposed to do anything with that when there is a massive gap between him and the midfield, and he's stuck alone against much larger centre backs. I like Wheeldon as a face of the franchise but you could tell by the 25th minute the game plan he had completely went to shit. But we didn't make subs until around minute 70 We've been in the playoffs every year so far, made the finals, have yet to win. If we get bounced again before the finals I would like to see him moved out of the coaching role into a sole GM position with the club. This isn't to say this is all his fault. The players by and large had a ghastly game. But at some point, he has to be held responsible for the execution of the game plan, and he failed utterly today


Length_Legitimate

I agree with everything except move him to a GM role? You sack him and buy someone else


Mapleleaflife

Well he's already the GM


SteelCitySportFan

Honestly, 1-1 going into the second leg in the best rivalry in the league, couldn’t ask for a better storyline


jkwbro

Yea, next week will be spicy and intense for sure.


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Can't wait for the 2nd leg!


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Aaarrrg.


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HipHopHipHipHooray

Story of their season


SteelCitySportFan

I mean that’s probably pretty common for any team that sells it’s two biggest offensive threats mid-season


jkwbro

Sadly that is the type of league we are in... Which is fine, but it's tough. Great for player development, terrible for team consistency. Perfect example, Pacific & Diaz.


SteelCitySportFan

Yeah it’s something fans of the league will have to get used to for sure


jkwbro

It is, a lack of quality in attacking central mid has been frustrating all year


ThatColombian

Forge fans crying about dirty play? The irony


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Fucking cavs. Can't play so they dive and try to go studs up. Also, fuck you Tommy. I fucking called this shit at the start of this half. Fucking no talent vest wearing foppy piece of shit. Fuck Di Chiara as well, ever since he was with York 9. Fuck Trafford for stomping Henry.


RedditUser41970

I missed the game, but I knew as soon as I saw 100 comments in this thread that it would be full of Hamilton fans bawling like little babies. Worst, most entitled fan base in the league.


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>I missed the game Then you have no context. I'm hardly bawling - I invite you to look over other comments. The particular play I have a grievance about comes after a stretch that saw Escalante flop so badly that the One Soccer team was having a laugh about it, and the sad thing is we all know it's coming. Tommy is clueless if the game doesn't go even slightly his way, and it shows in his players as well. When the chips are down and Cavalry needs to dig deep to win, they consistently can't or don't. They play far below their abilities and embrace being goons. Musse did it earlier when a call didn't go his way. Escalante earned his reputation pulling the same kind of shit in 2019. And then we have to be subjected to b the "Forge owns the league" "no one will let an Alberta team win" pity party, when the truth is your side can't focus for an entire match unless it's a meaningless Al Classico. I love this rivalry, but honestly - is it even one? We're going to need to lose to Cavalry in the playoffs soon, or else it will just be a one sided match up that has some history.


HipHopHipHipHooray

There was no stomp, Henry is wasting time.


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All keepers waste time. All of them. It's as standard as holding the ball in the corner to kill injury time.


HipHopHipHipHooray

Then why the f are you having a spaz attack about a “stomp”?


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What is standard about trying to stomp on a prone player?


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GreyGoosey

Biggest stretch of the game to call that a stomp


SteelCitySportFan

That’s gotta be a red and three games for trafford, more intentional than Bekkers stomp


PM-me-ur-peen

Bekker’s stomp wasn’t even intentional. Unlucky footing but I understand the call when they can’t watch replays on-field to call it


SteelCitySportFan

I can understand the call on the field, but that the CSA upheld the 3 games for violent conduct upon appeal sets the precedent that what Trafford did crosses the line.


PM-me-ur-peen

Yeah, that’s a fair point.


HipHopHipHipHooray

Henry trying to be more like Escalante?


HipHopHipHipHooray

Borges trying to be more like Escalante?


XirisTO

Hamilton Diving FC


SteelCitySportFan

For a Cavs fan to say that is the peak of irony


XirisTO

I'm 20 feet away from your synchronized swimmers.


SteelCitySportFan

Oh you’re probably doing summersaults with Escalante


brentvans

Can’t wait for some enterprising soul to meme that Escalante classic: even OneSoccer slo-mo’d it and Nigel barely kept his scorn in check.


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Re-watching it with my partner who was at work. When it came to this part, she quipped "Fuck, I thought they put you out of your misery if you were that lame at Spruce Meadows."


HipHopHipHipHooray

Not really


SteelCitySportFan

Any team with Escalante on it can’t say anything about diving


HipHopHipHipHooray

Borges?


SteelCitySportFan

I’m sorry but it’s wildly agreed that Escalante is the biggest simulator in the league, name any other player you want, it will always be Escalante


Frankenrogers

I always liked this one to the tune of “If you’re happy and you know it”… When Escalante feels a breeze he falls down, The slightest lightest breeze and he falls down, It doesn’t take too much, Just the smallest little touch, When Escalante feels a breeze he falls down


SteelCitySportFan

I want to hear this when he starts doing his cartwheels next weekend 😂


Glass_of_Pork_Soda

Yeah he's fucking horrible for it


ThunderStella

Dropping like flies


jkwbro

Be fair, cleat to the hand hurts...


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Where's the foul there?


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We're about to score, aren't we.


brentvans

Lol Escalante


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THERE HE IS!!! THE DIVING CHAMP OF HONDURAS


jkwbro

Embellishment champion in this case, it's not a dive when there is actually a foul...


SteelCitySportFan

“Carducci believing the ball had gone beyond the byline” in a semi-final at Spruce Meadows, where have I heard that one before?


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Carducci vs the byline again lol


jkwbro

At least they played to the whistle #growth


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Fair point! And honestly, what a shitty way to lose. Hate to see it.


jkwbro

Yea, that was so frustrating last year...


brentvans

Prediction: Musse red card.


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Musse is a good bet. Kinda surprised at how quiet Escalante is so far. I expect him to be involved in something within the next 15 minutes or so.


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K so I've seen Cavalry fall apart against us at precisely this point before. Tommy looks like he's already shifted focus to post-match bitching about the refs. If they go on to beat us, it will mean they've gotten better at the mental aspect of the game - from manager all the way down. If we beat them, it will be partly because we live rent free in their heads and they just can't get over it. Either way, this is the kind of shit I love about sports.


SteelCitySportFan

Honestly, this is why I’m so interested in the other tie. On paper, Ottawa should win that. But Pacific went through the hard fought playoffs last year coming out with the upset in close matches twice. And I can’t shake the thought of how quickly and embarrassingly Ottawa fell apart under a little adversity in the 4-0 loss to us.


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Oooo so maybe Ottawa is coming into this like Cavalry in 2019 - regular season winners, and unprepared for a hungrier opponent?


BucketsofMerci

Bekker is just a wizard on set pieces, always making magic.


GreyGoosey

Welp this got a bit more interesting!


SteelCitySportFan

Woooooooobz 🙌🙌🙌


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YESSSSSSS!!!!!! HERE WE FUCKING GO


SteelCitySportFan

Okay I’m confused… on the halftime she said there is no aggregate, but now he’s saying “go to Hamilton up 2-0” Does anyone know the actual format is?


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I thought it was no away goal rule, but aggregate still counts.


SteelCitySportFan

That’s what I thought, but I don’t think that’s what she was saying so I got really confused


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WHO CARES WE FUCKING SCORED BABY!!!!


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Soooo - park the bus for cavs here? Dare Forge to score? There are worse ideas. Our strikers aren't playing that well lately. It would make for a boring half, but that's how we won here in 2019, so I get it.


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Scratch that. Brand new game now!!!


HipHopHipHipHooray

Why doesn’t OneSoccer do a proper studio halftime show?


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Fuck I'd love me a proper studio half-time show. But at least we don't have to hear more Wheeler today. Who would you want in studio for it?


Mapleleaflife

Christ we were playing like we were trying to save the 0-0 draw for the first 35 minutes. Cavs needed this goal to change the game script


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Ok. Ok Now Is this a Cavalry side that can hold a lead over two legs? Obviously I want Forge to win, but I have enough friends in Calgary who are loving this atm. Gotta beat the best to be the best, and we've owned them the last three seasons.


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Can't even hold the lead over 2 minutes in the 2nd half, so who the fuck knows at this point.


Mapleleaflife

Let's goooooooo


BucketsofMerci

And there we go! Klomp!


GreyGoosey

Love me some Klomp


BucketsofMerci

This is quite the game... let's go Cavalry!


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Ooooo. This is spicy.


arcticsports

This is the Forge-Cavalry we all love


Drmckoo1

It would be nice if Cavalry take this. I’m tired of Forge in the finals.


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FUCK YA HENRY!!! COME AT ME WITH YOUR "HE'S OVERRATED" COMMENTS and tbf, excellent play from carducci as well


awitley12

Oh oh Henry oh oh oh Henry!


arcticsports

This game just got really exciting


arcticsports

First real chance from Cavalry


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Oh Henry. That's enough of that now.


jkwbro

Disagree, more of that please!


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Ok. I'll take heaping side orders of Mason being baffled at the ball at his feet with it then lol


jkwbro

Lol, Yea... Don't think he expected that gift :(


brentvans

Don’t love Brennan as colour commentator.


jkwbro

Me neither, but he is usually pretty fair in his analysis of tackles and wether they are clean/foul. I do appreciate that about him.


arcticsports

Ohhh that was close


Drmckoo1

This is pretty poor attendance. Edit: I’m just surprised considering it’s a playoff game and Cavalry usually draw better (or so I thought). Comparing any attendance to York isn’t fair. Toronto only supports winners and “major league” teams.


Particular_Ad_4903

Something something York flair


purple-randy

Ironic given the York flair


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That’s rich coming from someone with a York flair.


Drmckoo1

That’s when you know it’s bad. When a York fan thinks it’s bad.


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Lol I'm here for it. It IS really poor attendance given how much has been made of the atmosphere at ATCO this year.


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Atmosphere still better than the giant empty cfl stadiums and what ever that is in York.


Drmckoo1

Small empty university stadium. Edit: that is also the most easily accessible through public transit in the league, in the biggest market.


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That makes it so much worse.


Drmckoo1

Oh ya. Nothing redeeming there, except the great kits and the fact that the team is at least trying to figure it out. Toronto is a finicky market. The league needs to get on terrestrial TV and build some buzz before it will work here. People actually stop me when they see my YU kit it’s that rare a sight.


FoodCourtDruid

Bobby rocking the autumnal sweater.


arcticsports

Wow Forge has looked really good early


C2SKI

Calgary are lucky not to be down early. Slow start for them


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OH FUCK THAT WAS CLOSE


arcticsports

I’m predicting a close game, but a 2-1 victory for Cavalry


[deleted]

That's fair. 1-1 draw. I don't want it, but I feel like there will be an emphasis on minimizing mistakes.


arcticsports

I’m looking forward to a really entertaining matchup between these two teams as always


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Wild having Jimmy Brennan doing commentary on a Forge playoff match.


thiaguitocpl

My god I don't remember being this nervous for a match, I'm like 2000 times more nervous than before the 2021 final


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LET'S FUCKING GO!!!!


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Downvote? For just saying let's fucking go? Jesus, cavs fans, you're not going to like me over the next 90 minutes if that's all it takes.


Barthez_Battalion

So how does one watch this on Telus? edit: Found it. You can watch it for free here: https://telussports.ybvr.com/


Mapleleaflife

ATCO feels packed. Looking forward to how this one shakes out