A late Oliver Minatel goal was all that separated Cavalry FC and HFX Wanderers in Halifax on Saturday, with the visitors taking a 1-0 win to claim back-to-back victories to open their Fall campaign.
Both sides returned to league action after spirited Canadian Championship Qualifying Round 3 matches on Wednesday, coming to a 3-2 HFX loss to Ottawa Fury and 0-0 Cavs draw with Vancouver Whitecaps.
Neither sides mustered much in the way of chances through the first half. The Cavs did come close with a pair of open headers for Dominick Zator, who failed to find the net both times.
Cavalry, who were missing Elijah Adekugbe and Dominque Malonga, managed to put the home side under pressure to start the second half. The Wanderers, meanwhile, had both South American attackers Luis Perea and Juan Diego Gutierrez in the lineup for the first time since May 4.
The match’s only goal came in the 85th minute when a cutting run from the CPL’s leading goal scorer Sergio Camargo found fellow substitute Oliver Minatel with a pin-point cross. Oliver smashed home his chance, giving the Cavs their second win at Wanderers Grounds in 2019. Cavalry are the only CPL side to defeat the Wanderers in Halifax this season.
HFX are set to travel to the Hammer to play Forge FC on Wednesday (7:00 p.m. ET, on OneSoccer). Cavalry is off until Sunday, July 21, when they host York9 FC (3:30 p.m. ET, 1:30 p.m. MT, on OneSoccer) at Spruce Meadows.
85′ – Oliver Minatel (Cavalry FC)
59′ Yellow – Juan Diego Gutiérrez (HFX Wanderers FC)
88′ Yellow – Andre Bona (HFX Wanderers FC)
Three key performers
Sergio Camargo (Cavalry FC)
Cavalry FC’s midfield maestro was quite the super sub. CPL’s leading scorer set up the match’s lone goal, using his pace on the ball to give HFX’s defence trouble in the final 15 minutes.
Alex de Carolis (HFX Wanderers)
Stepping in for Zoom Langwa at left fullback, the Sarnia, Ont. was effective against Cavalry’s dangerman Nico Pasquotti along the wing. Moving forward, de Carolis provided good support for Mohamed Kourouma, creating a rare bright spot in the final third for HFX.
Jay Wheeldon (Cavalry FC)
A leader at the back, Jay Wheeldon was crucial to keeping Cavalry’s clean sheet. Confident and quiet by way of action, the 31-year-old centre-back was a rock, steering the Wanderers to the wings and winning all three duels attempted.