CANADIAN PREMIER LEAGUE: Forge FC draw with HFX Wanderers
The HFX Wanderers were seconds away from an important victory on Sunday afternoon.
Instead, the Wanderers had to settle for another draw with defending champion Forge FC.
Kwame Awuah scored in overtime – in the 96th minute to be precise – as Forge escaped in a tie 1-1 in a 2020 Canadian Premier League finalists game in Hamilton, Ont.
Awuah released a long shot that found the top corner of the Wanderers’ net in the last minute of overtime.
In eight career games dating back to the 2019 season, the Wanderers and Forge have drawn in five of those competitions. It was the two clubs’ first clash since the 2020 final last September in Charlottetown.
Alex Marshall scored his first goal of the season in the 16th minute on a brilliant set-up from Morey Doner.
Doner ran the length of the field, then, as the ball was about to cross the baseline, returned a pass into the box where Marshall returned to Forge’s goal.
At the start of the second half, Doner rushed to the right wing and grabbed Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare, whose shot narrowly missed an open goal from Forge.
The Wanderers, who entered the game without Corey Bent, Omar Kreim and Samuel Salter, lost forward Akeem Garcia and defender Mateo Restrepo who were forced out of the game due to injuries.
The Wanderers – who remain in seventh place in the CPL standings with 12 points, seven behind Forge who retain last place in the playoffs – remain on the road this week. They travel to Toronto to face York United on Wednesday night.