MATCH #7 | VALOUR FC (2-1-3) vs FORGE FC (3-2-1)
When: Saturday, September 5, 2020, 11 a.m. CDT
Where: UPEI Alumni Field, Charlottetown, PEI
How to watch: OneSoccer is broadcasting all CPL games live https://onesoccer.ca/
Valour FC wraps up the round-robin portion of the Island Games against Forge FC, the Canadian Premier League’s defending champion and a side which has not played since August 30th. Valour needs a minor miracle to advance to the second stage of the tournament – a win against Forge, a draw between HFX Wanderers and Atlético Ottawa, a draw between Pacific FC and FC Edmonton and a loss by York9 FC. Plus, Valour would have to have a better goal differential over York9.
As solid as the defending has been, Valour was held scoreless in its last match – a 2-nil loss to Wanderers – and has not managed to find the back of the net in four of six matches.
3 TO WATCH
#5 Julian Dunn, D: Injuries along the back line, particularly to Andrew Jean-Baptiste, will shine an even brighter spotlight on Dunn, who has been superb in the tournament for Valour. Leads all Valour players in minutes played with 540.
#27 Raph Ohin, MF: His compete level and his high-end motor have been on display throughout the whole tournament. No doubt that will continue against Forge FC.
#33 Fraser Aird, MF: An attack starved for goals could use even more creativity from Aird, who returned from a one-match absence to flash some of his skill against HFX.
Valour FC Injury Report
Not training Friday: D Andrew Jean-Baptiste, D Chakib Hocine, D Arnold Bouka Moutou and D Stefan Cebara. Bouka Moutou and Cebara still might be available.
Suspended: none (Federico Pena’s red card from the last game was changed to yellow).
The ‘Island Games’ format
- The Island Games First Stage will see each of the eight clubs play each other, for seven guaranteed matches.
- The top four clubs from the first stage will then advance to the Group Stage and play each other again, for three more matches.
- The top two teams will then compete in a single-match final to be crowned the 2020 Canadian Premier League Champion.
Valour FC Island Games matches/results (times subject to change)
First stage results
Match 1: Saturday, August 16: Valour FC 0 Cavalry FC 2
Match 2: Wednesday, August 19: Atletico Ottawa 0 Valour FC 4
Match 3: Saturday, August 22: York9 0 Valour FC 0
Match 4: Tuesday, August 25: Pacific FC 2 Valour FC 0
Match 5: Saturday, August 29: Valour FC 2 FC Edmonton 1
Match 6: Wednesday, September 2: Valour FC 0 HFX Wanderers 2