Cavalry embraces chance to eliminate arch-rival Forge, advance to CPL final

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“And David Edgar and Kyle Bekker, they’ve got these very savvy heads. So we’ve got a lot of respect for them. They’re a tough team to beat.”

But it’s a task that’s not unfamiliar nor daunting for Cavalry.

“The boys like these situations,” Wheeldon said. “Because they like defying the odds.”

“I’ve been playing for this team for two years, and I’ve been playing with Tommy since the PDL (Foothills FC) days for four or five years, and this isn’t a new situation for us,” agreed Adekugbe. “We’ve had (must-win) games like this before. We had the (must-win) game against York9 (in the first round).

“In my experience with this team and with Tommy in the PDL, I’ve had probably 10 or 15 games like this, so it’s not a new experience for us.

“It’s always been with this team that we’ve had to make it hard for ourselves — it’s a running joke that we have,” Adekugbe continued. “But it’s another situation that we’ll embrace and we’ll make the most of it. It’s still in our hands, and we control our own destiny, and that’s something that we thrive on.”

Need any extra motivation?

How about that 10 months Adekugbe & Co. have waited to exact revenge on Forge?

Yes, they met in the opener of The Island Games on August 13 — which now seems like an eternity in the rear-view — but that was a 2-2 draw, so nothing really changed.

Plus Forge still holds the coveted bragging rights as CPL kings still in a position to defend its championship.

“Credit to Forge — any team that’s still here in this stage has been good,” Adekugbe said. “For us, it’s just another chance to go out there and play our football and win. We see it as no matter who the team is, no matter who we are playing, we want to win.”