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Soccer-Forge defeat HFX Wanderers to retain CPL title

Sept 19 (Reuters) - Forge FC defeated HFX Wanderers FC 2-0 to secure their second consecutive Canadian Premier League title on Saturday.

Second-half goals from Alexander Achinioti-Jonsson and Maxim Tissot gave Hamilton-based Forge a win that also secured a berth in the feeder competition to the CONCACAF Champions League.

Forge opened the scoring on the hour after HFX goalkeeper Christian Oxner failed to deal with a corner and Molham Babouli chipped the ball to Achinioti-Jonsson who headed home.

Halifax pressed for an equaliser late in the match but Tissot sealed the win in the 90th minute after a long-range free kick was again mishandled by the HFX keeper.

The CPL’s 2020 season was dubbed the Island Games after a decision was made to play games without fans in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island to mitigate the chances of COVID-19 cases. (Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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