The Police United have fallen to the bottom of the standings of the Premier League of Belize, even though they recovered from two consecutive losses last week to post their third victory 4-1 over San Ignacio United in the 11th week competition at the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio on Sunday afternoon, April 7.
Lennox “Criminal” Castillo and Danny Jimenez led the Police offensive supported by the Makin brothers, Devon and Andres, on the wings and Amin “Tacos” August and Trevor “Burger” Lennon at midfield.
A scant 16 minutes of play had passed when August embarrassed the Cayo goalkeeper Ryan Seravia with the first wining goal and a minute later Castillo booted in a second goal. Orlando “Lichy” Jimenez added a third goal some 12 minutes before intermission
San Ignacio’s Leonard Valdez and Garrett Bermudez tried to get a counterattack going, with the help of Seannon Defour and Carlos Vasquez on the wings and Rosni “Catracho” Martinez and Everald “Tarry” Gabourel at midfield, but Jimenez and August had fallen back to help their defenders Kishane Pech and Armando Dubon secure the 3-0 lead up to intermission.
Bernel Valdez and national under-17 player Geon Makin came off the Police bench as Castillo bowed out, and the chemistry of the Makin trio worked well to create the opportunity for Valdes to punch a fourth goal past Seravia some 29 minutes into the second half for a 4-0 lead. Edgar Gongora and Floyd Lemus came off the home bench as Gilbert Carillo left the ball game, but the referee had already signalled three minutes of injury time when Rosni Martinez’s execution of a free kick proved too hot for Police goalkeeper Keith Allen to hold. Garrett Bermudez pounced on the rebound and blasted it into the net for the home eleven’s only consolation goal.
San Ignacio had done better by holding FC San Felipe Barcelona to a 1-1 draw at the People’s Stadium last Wednesday night. Rosni Martinez struck first for the visitors after 20 minutes of play, but Clifton West equalized for San Felipe some 25 minutes after the break.
Clifton West also scored San Felipe’s winning goal some 11 minutes after intermission in their 1-0 win over the Placencia Assassins at the Placencia field on Sunday afternoon.
The Police did not done so well in their midweek encounter with the Bandits at the M.C.C. grounds on Wednesday night. Jerome “Jaro” James struck the Bandits’ first winning goal after 17 minutes of action to lead 1-0 up to intermission. Deon Macaulay made out like a bandit, scoring a hat trick in the second half for a 4-0 final score.
The Bandits now lead the league with 26 pts from 8 wins and two draws as they exacted payback in a 2-1 victory over the Belize Defence Force at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium on Saturday night. The Bandits’ only loss was their first encounter with the BDF, but Denmark Casey struck the Bandits’ first winning goal after half an hour of play.
BDF’s Vallan Symns squandered the opportunity to equalize when the referee ruled penalty after Ryan Simpson was taken down inside the goal area some 10 minutes into the second half. Symns’ shot hit the crossbar
But Bandits’ goalkeeper Woodrow West could do nothing about a deflection off one of his own defenders when BDF’s Harrison Tasher executed a free kick to equalize 1-1 some 12 minutes before the long whistle. Only five minutes of play remained when Deon Macaulay scored the Bandits’ game-winning second goal.
The BDF salvaged a 1-1 draw out of the jaws of defeat when they hosted third ranked FC Belize at the Norman Broaster Stadium last Thursday night. Leon “Lem” Jones struck first for the visitors some six minutes before intermission, but BDF’s Marlon “Matador” Meza equalized in injury time.
Verdes have leap-frogged into fifth place after consecutive victories, 2-0 over Placencia Assassins at the Marshalleck Stadium in Benque Viejo on Wednesday night.
Humberto Requeña struck the first goal after 11 minutes of action and Rodney Torres scored a second goal some 20 minutes after the break.
Verdes followed up with a 2-1 blast of FC Belize at the M.C.C. grounds on Sunday. A scant three minutes had passed when Gilroy “Bredda” Thurton struck the first winning goal and he added a second goal some three minutes into the second half. Christobal Gilharry scored for FC Belize some 15 minutes later, but Verdes secured the 2-1 win.
FC Belize will challenge the Bandits at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium on Saturday night, while Police United will seek to arrest Verdes’ winning streak at the M.C.C. grounds on Sunday. San Ignacio United awaits the Placencia Assassins at the Norman Broaster on Sunday, while San Felipe Barcelona will host the BDF at the Peoples’ Stadium on Sunday.