Police United & Bandits win in Belikin football

By William Ysaguirre Freelance Reporter

The Police United football club continues to lead the 2014 Belikin Cup tournament organized by the Premier League of Belize with 22 pts from seven wins and a draw, while the Belmopan Bandits moved into second place with 16pts from four wins and four draws.

Bandits enjoyed their fourth win in a 4-0 rout of FC Belize at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan on Saturday, April 19.

Denmark Casey opened scoreboard for the Bandits with the first goal and Elroy Kuylen soon added a second to lead 2-0 at intermission. Kuylen scored a third goal after the break, and Jerome “Jaro” James came off the bench to score a fourth goal to seal the victory.

FC Belize fared no better in its midweek match with the Belize Defence Force at the MCC grounds on Wednesday night. A scant three minutes of play had elapsed when Stephen Martinez scored the BDF’s winning goal. FC Belize never recovered.

The Police enjoyed their seventh win: 1-0 over Verdes at the Marshalleck Stadium in Benque Viejo on Saturday night. Danny Jimenez scored the lone goal for the Police in a hotly contested game that saw Verdes’ sweeper Everald Trapp ejected with a red card, while the Police finished the game with only eight men. Three of their players were also ejected with red cards.

The Police have also posted their sixth victory: 2-1 in their midweek match with the Bandits in Belmopan on Wednesday night. Only 10 minutes remained in the first half, when Clifton West struck the first goal to give the Police a 1-0 lead up to intermission.

But Denmark Casey equalized for the Bandits 10 minutes after the break. Only five minutes of regulation remained when Harrison “Kafu” Roches scored the second, winning goal for the police.

Verdes also did better in their midweek match holding San Ignacio United to a 1-1 draw at the Norman Broaster Stadium. Anthony Gonzalez scored first for San Ignacio midway through the first half, but the San Ignacio defense blundered into giving up a penalty and Marlon Meza converted for the equalizer some five minutes before intermission. Neither side could gain an advantage in the second half.

San Ignacio did better on the weekend, posting their first victory of the tournament: 4-3 over the Paradise Freedom Fighters at the Toledo Union Field on Saturday night.

The home team was leading 2-0 in the first half, but the visitors fought back with goals by Tremayne Gentle and Wilmer Garcia. The Freedom Fighters gained a 3-2 lead but San Ignacio equalized 3-3 and went on to win 4-3.

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