Cavalry beats York9 to secure top spot entering group stage in CPL’s Island Games

Marcus Haber scored in the 69th minute, and Calgary’s Cavalry FC secured top spot in the standings with a 1-0 win over York9 FC on Saturday in Canadian Premier League play.

Cavalry (4-2-1) overcame back-to-back losses with a huge victory over York9 that pushed them ahead of Forge FC for first place heading into the group stage of competition.

York9 (2-1-4) entered the contest undefeated in six matches and suffered just its first loss of the first stage.

The win came at a cost for Cavalry with Oliver Minatel being stretchered off after a hard tackle by Roger Thompson 15 minutes into the game.

Cavalry says Minatel was to undergo surgery for a serious lower-body injury.

WATCH | Cavalry rallies to beat Valour after Minatel stretchered off:

Despite a severe Oliver Minate injury Cavalry FC beat York9 and clinched a second round berth of The Island Games. 1:36

Forge FC eliminates Valour FC

Meanwhile, Winnipeg’s Valour FC (2-3-2) was eliminated from championship contention with a 2-2 tie against Hamilton’s Forge FC (3-1-3).

Yohan Le Bourhis and Moses Dyer scored for Valour FC, while Kyle Bekker and Alexander Achinioti-Jonsson had goals for Forge FC.

The Hamilton squad has secured a spot in the next round.

WATCH | Hamilton forges a path to the group stage:

Forge FC ousted Valour FC from The Island Games with a 2-2 draw on Saturday. 1:42

The current CPL season is being dubbed The Island Games as the teams are playing in a bubble in Charlottetown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The top four clubs in the eight-team league at the end of the 28-match opening stage advance to the six-match group stage. The top two teams from the group stage play in a single-match final.

The first round wraps up Sunday with Halifax’s HFX Wanderers FC facing Atletico Ottawa and Pacific FC of Langford, B.C., meeting FC Edmonton.

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