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Halifax Wanderers through to CPL Final following Cavalry FC loss

The Halifax Wanderers have made it to Saturday's Canadian Premier League final in Charlottetown, thanks to a loss suffered Tuesday by the Calgary team.

Needing a win to advance, Calgary-based Cavalry lose 1-0 to Hamilton-based Forge FC

Forge FC's David Choiniere, left, collides with Cavalry FC's Dominick Zator during Canadian Premier League soccer action in late 2019. The two teams faced off against each other in Charlottetown Tuesday. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

The Halifax Wanderers (1-0-1 in the group stage and 4-1-4 overall) have made it to Saturday's Canadian Premier League final in Charlottetown, thanks to a loss suffered Tuesday by the Calgary-based Cavalry FC (1-2-0 in the group
stage and 5-4-1 overall).

Cavalry FC lost 1-0 to Forge FC (2-0-1 in the group stage and 5-1-4 overall), based in Hamilton, Ont.

Forge's one goal came from Molham Babouli at the 27-minute mark.

The result means the Wanderers will play Forge in the Canadian Premier League Final on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 3 p.m. AT.

WATCH | HFX Wanderers advance to CPL Final after Cavalry lose to Forge:

Forge FC defeats Cavalry FC 1-0, will play for championship on Saturday. 1:43

The Wanderers were blanked 5-0 by the already-eliminated Pacific FC (1-2-0 in the group stage and 4-4-2 overall) in the evening match.

It's been amazing turnaround for Stephen Hart's Wanderers, who were bottom of the 2019 overall standings at 6-12-10.

Cavalry would have clinched a berth in the 2020 CPL Finals with a win, according to the league's site. Even a draw would have meant elimination.

WATCH | Pacific FC dominate finals-bound HFX Wanderers:

Marco Bustos scored a pair of goals in Pacific FC's 5-0 win over HFX Wanderers FC. 1:54

The Island Games champion collects the North Star Shield, advances to the 2020 Canadian Championship final and earns a berth in the 2021 CONCACAF League.

Home field advantage? 

Earlier Tuesday, Halifax players Ibra Sanoh and Chrisnovic N'sa told CBC News that playing on Prince Edward Island has been like having a home advantage.

They said Islanders seem to have adopted Halifax as their team because of the Maritime connection.

The Canadian Premier League season was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but resumed in Charlottetown this summer with players and staff from all eight teams isolating at the Delta Hotel.

With files from The Canadian Press

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