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At the other end, Marcus Haber generated a handful of chances game-long.
In the first half, the Canadian international generated a couple of first-half crosses from the right side that were thwarted by, first, goalkeeper Triston Henry and, second, defender David Edgar. Edgar was a beast in the half, as he also headed a drive by Elliot Simmons to safety early on.
Then in the second half, Haber got his head on three or four balls that sailed off-target.
“I think Jordan Brown maybe wants one back (in the first half) and Marcus Haber wants one (or two) back in the second half,” said Wheeldon Jr. “But they defended incredibly well.
“It’s hard for me to bemoan this, that and the other, when they’ve done everything they could do,” continued Wheeldon Jr. “I can’t fault their effort, their heart, their willingness to run and compete against a very good team.”
Instead, they’ll hold their head high and return from Charlottetown without the coveted championship but proud of their play under difficult circumstances.
“When you lose a game like this, the feelings speak for themselves,” Adekugbe added. “It’s a tough one to swallow, but that’s football.
“There are worse things that happen in life. We’ll be back, we’ll be stronger, and we’ll move forward from this.”
Only one yellow card handed to Cavalry on the day — that to Jose Hernandez in injury time . . . The Cavs Starting XI was Carducci, defenders Zator, Boskovic, Nathan Mavila and Mason Trafford, midfielders Adekugbe, Simmons and Bruno Zebie and attackers Haber, Brown and Mo Farsi . . . Tuesday’s other CPL game of the Group Stage saw the Wanderers against Pacific FC (0-2), with a win guaranteeing the Halifax side a spot in the finale . . . The 2020 CPL championship — a one-game, winner-take-all affair — goes Saturday between HFX and defending champion Forge (noon MT, CBC/OneSoccer.ca).