Somehow Forge FC contrived to lose a game they totally controlled from first minute to last.
They possibly should have been more than a goal in front when goalkeeper Triston Henry made the most glaring error of his career, gifting Arcahaie an undeserved equalizer.
The Haitians battled well and were organized defensively but offered nothing in offence.
There appeared to be no danger when Henry accepted a straightforward back-pass, but he mis-controlled the ball in trying to be too clever when faced with Kervens Jolicoeur on the hour mark, the striker almost apologetically sending the ball goal-wards to equalize.
Despite continuing to retain most of the possession thereafter, Forge was unable to find a way through and the game went straight to penalties, with extra time not on the agenda.
The CanPL side had earlier taken the lead on the stroke of half-time when Choiniere was brought down in the box after robbing a defender. Daniel Krutzen converted successfully from the spot.
But the Belgian centre-back was unable to get his side off to a good start in the shoot-out. He changed sides and Guerry Romondt in the Arcahaie goal guessed right to save.
The 35-year-old ‘keeper got it right a second time when he held Achinioti-Jonsson’s spot-kick. By now the Haitians were hot favourites, their strategy to play for penalties beginning to pay-off handsomely.
Although Edgar and Bambouli were to convert for the team from Hamilton, Henry was unable to prevent any of the Arcahaie penalties from registering and Forge’s run had come to an end, losing the shoot-out 2-4, to a side they really should’ve beaten comfortably.
Forge do still have an opportunity to qualify for the 2021 CONCACAF Champions League despite their exit. They must however defeat Marathon in San Pedro Sula, Honduras to book the ticket that would have been their’s had they prevailed over Arcahaie last evening.
Marathon are more on the level of CD Olimpia who defeated Montreal Impact 2-1 at Stade Olympique back in March.
Forge may regret not finishing the job tonight.