Police United FC and the Placencia Assassins are leading the Southern Zone following big wins in the 13th week of the Premier League of Belize Football Competition, while the Belmopan Bandits and the Belize Defence Force are leading the Northern None also with easy wins over the weekend.
FC Belize, ranked third in its group with 25 pts, also kept its playoff dreams alive as FC romped to a 2-0 victory over Juventus at the MCC Grounds on Sunday evening. Juventus arrived late for the match, which should have been played in the afternoon, but began in darkness with exactly 11 men and no substitutes.
Osmar and Adair Duran led the visitors’ offensive supported by Ruduel Dominguez and Brian Chan on the wings and veterans Norman “Tilliman” Pipersburgh and Freddy Tun at midfield, but they made no impression on the FC Belize defence anchored by Christopher Gilharry, with the help of Matthew Leal, Luis Arriola and Leon “Chow” Cadle who held them scoreless the entire game.
Khambrel Blease gave the home fans some early excitement with a shot that sailed over the crossbar. But it was Gilharry, doing double duty from defense to forward, who connected with a pass from Avian “Chi-chis” Crawford to blast in a shot at point blank range that goalkeeper Amir Leiva had no chance of stopping as the home eleven took a 1-0 lead five minutes before intermission.
Michael Hernandez and Blease led the FC Belize offensive in the second half with Crawford and David “Gringo” Ramos on the wings and Christina Perez and Ryan Gill at midfield.
Technical Director Marvin Ottley refreshed his offensive with Tyrone Linares relieving Ramos, and Hernandez caught up to another forward pass from Crawford and outran the defense to embarrass Leiva with a second goal some 20 minutes into the second period.
Julius Allen relieved Gilharry as Blease and Crawford sought to get on the scoreboard also, but the Juventus defenders; Jair Teck, Ritchell Dominguez, Rudolfo Perez and Glenford Gentle held off their attacks until the long whistle.
The Belmopan Bandits are leading the group with 30 pts as they enjoyed their ninth victory: 1-0 over San Felipe Barcelona at the San Felipe field on Sunday. David Madrid scored the winning goal in the final minute of the first half.
The BDF are ranked second with 27 pts as they posted their eighth victory in a 2-1 romp over the San Pedro Sea Dogs out at the Ambergris Stadium on La Isla Bonita also on Sunday. Only a minute remained to the first half, when Tyrone Pandy scored the first wingoal, and Justin Lewis scored a second goal some 15 minutes into the second half. Angel Cantun scored a consolation goal for the island boys six minutes later, but they failed to equalize before the long whistle.
Police lead the south with 27 pts as they enjoyed their ninth victory 4-1 over the hapless Raymond Gentle City boys at the MCC Grounds on Saturday night. A scant eight minutes of action had elapsed when Evan Mariano struck the first goal for the Police, but Dion McCaulay would equalize for the City boys some 21 minutes later. Daniel Jimenez scored a second goal some 11 minutes before intermission for a 2-1 lead.
City Boys counterattacked furiously in the second half, but made no impression on the staunch Police defense, while Daniel completed his hat trick with a third goal some three minutes before the long whistle and a fourth goal in the final minute of regulation play.
The Placencia Assassins are now ranked second with 26 pts as they enjoyed their eighth victory in a 4-0 romp over Verdes, who also have 26 pts., at the Marshalleck Stadium in Benque Viejo on Saturday night. Ashley Torres scored the first winning goal some 10 minutes before intermission, and the pressure of Verdes’ playoff continued in the second half when Rollin Burgess scored a second goal after 10 minutes of action. Luis Torres scored a third goal some 13 minutes later and Bernard Linares scored a fourth goal seven minutes after that.
Leonard Valdez scored the winning goal some 10 minutes before intermission for the Paradise Freedom Fighters to enjoy a fourth victory: 1-0 over the San Ignacio Untied at the Norman Broaster Stadium on Sunday.
The competition’s regular season will conclude with the BDF challenging the Bandits’ for first place at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium on Saturday night, while Verdes will seek to keep their playoff hopes alive when they visit the Paradise Freedom Fighters at the Michael Ashcroft Stadium.
Juventus will visit the San Pedro Sea Dogs at the Ambergris Stadium on Sunday, while FC Belize travel to San Felipe, the Police plan to arrest San Ignacio United at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan on Sunday, and the Assassins take on the City Boys at the MCC.