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iN PHOTOS: Thousands came out to the Canadian Premier League’s first match in Kelowna

A successful slide tackle from Vancouver FC.

Thousands of fans came out for the first Canadian Premier League match in Kelowna to watch Vancouver FC go head to head against Calgary Cavalry FC.

It was an exciting and high contact match, but it ended in a draw: 0 to 0, with a total of five shots on target.

Vancouver sported bright pink jerseys and Calgary was in green. 

More than 6,000 fans came out to the Apple Bowl Stadium to watch the historic match as the Canadian Premier League tested the waters to see how many fans would show up.

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It was the first game the Canadian Premier League has organized in the BC Interior, and one of the league’s employees said the big turnout means there is a possibility of more soccer coming to Kelowna.

Darren Kashin was with his son who said he is a big Vancouver FC fan.

“When this came to town we just couldn’t miss it,” Kashin said.

Kashin said he hopes the Canadian Premier League will set up more games in Kelowna.

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Vancouver FC dominated in terms of shots, they fired 18 times while Cavalry FC shot 8 times.

After the match Vancouver is placed 3rd in the league and Calgary is 6th.

Click here for the full match statistics.

For those who missed the game, iNFOnews.ca has some photos of the action.

Calgary's goalkeeper making a big catch in a high pressure situation in front of the net.
Calgary's goalkeeper making a big catch in a high pressure situation in front of the net.

Vancouver's defenders swarm a Cavalry player before he can get a shot off.
Vancouver's defenders swarm a Cavalry player before he can get a shot off.

Vancouver FC's Kadin Chung getting ready for a throw-in.
Vancouver FC's Kadin Chung getting ready for a throw-in.

A Cavalry player signing an autograph for a fan after the match.
A Cavalry player signing an autograph for a fan after the match.

Players go for a header while the crowd is on the edge of their seats.
Players go for a header while the crowd is on the edge of their seats.

Players leap and compete for a header.
Players leap and compete for a header.

Vancouver's starting lineup in a huddle before the game.
Vancouver's starting lineup in a huddle before the game.

A player recovering from a foul.
A player recovering from a foul.

The rowdiest group of Vancouver FC fans chanting and beating a drum.
The rowdiest group of Vancouver FC fans chanting and beating a drum.

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