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Cavalry charge ahead for first Island Games victory, Valour left in the dust

Canadian Premier League - Cavalry FC v York9 FC - Calgary, Alberta, Canada July 21, 2019 Mike Sturk/CPL (Cavalry FC Media/Supplied)

Charlottetown, P.E.I. – Calgary’s Cavalry FC picked up their first win of the 2020 Canadian Premier League season Sunday afternoon.

Winnipeg’s Valour FC couldn’t beat the 2019 goaltender of the year, Marco Carducci, as the Cavalry marched to a 2-0 win.

Cavalry’s win comes after their dramatic season-opening 2-2 draw against rivals Forge FC earlier in the week.

The match saw Cavalry striker Sergio Camargo pick up an early yellow card for a challenge against Valour’s Andrew Jean-Baptiste.

Nearing the half-hour mark, Cavalry’s Mohamed Farsi crossed the ball into the box for Marcus Haber, who out-muscled his defensive opponent and headed the ball home.

A few minutes later, Camargo was given an opportunity to extend the lead after Valour’s Jean-Baptiste was called for a hand ball inside the box.

The cool and calm Camargo had no issue on the penalty, faking out James Pantemis and converting a beautiful Panenka.

The second half saw each team pick up yellow cards as the Cavs held on to secure the victory.

The win comes after the Island Games’ opening three matches (Cavalry-Forge, York9-Atletico Ottawa and Pacific-HFX Wanderers) all ended in 2-2 draws.

Valour will take on newcomers Atletico Ottawa in their next match on Aug 19.

The Cavalry will take on rivals FC Edmonton in the first and possibly only Al Classico meeting of 2020. That game will take place on Aug 20.