Verdes lead Belikin Cup football

By William Ysagirre Verdes FC of Benque Viejo del Carmen now leads the Belikin Cup Football Tournament with 17 pts from five victories and two draws, after they blasted FC Belize 4-1 in the 11th week of competition organized by the Premier League of Belize at the Marshalleck Stadium in Benque Viejo last Saturday night, December 28.
It was FC Belize’s third loss. They ranked second in the league with 16 pts from four victories and four draws, with one match remaining. Shamir Pacheco scored first for Verdes but Leon Cadle equalized for FC Belize to hold Verdes to a 1-1 draw up to intermission. Only 10 minutes of regulation remained when Marlon “Matador” Meza scored a second winning goal for the home team. Richard Jimenez scored a third goal five minutes later and Meza converted a penalty in injury time to seal the 4-1 victory.
Meza was also the author of the Verdes’ 1-0 victory over the Paradise Freedom Fighters, handing them their second loss at the Toledo Union on Sunday afternoon, December 22, with a single strike some 12 minutes after intermission.
The defending champions, Police United FC, kept their playoff hopes alive by posting their first victory of the competition: 2-0 over the fifth ranked Paradise Freedom Fighters at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium on Saturday night. Harrison “Kafu” Roches scored the first goal after 26 minutes of action to lead 1-0 up to intermission.
Daniel Jimenez drilled home a second goal eight minutes into the second half to seal the 2-0 victory. The Police are now ranked sixth with eight points from one win and five draws.
They can possibly finish the season with 17 pts, if they win all three remaining matches; which could win them a playoff slot if some of the other teams lose. It was the Freedom Fighters’ third loss, but they remain in contention for a playoff berth, as they have 14 pts with one game remaining.
The Belize Defense Force also enjoyed a 4-1 victory over bottom-ranked San Ignacio United at the Carl Ramos Stadium on Saturday night. BDF’s Abraham Chavez scored after six minutes, but Tony Gonzalez equalized for San Ignacio before intermission. Khalil Velasquez scored a second goal of or the BDF three minutes into the second half, Vallan Symns added a third goal, and only 11 minutes remained when Tarrel Flores completed the rout with a fourth goal.
The BDF are ranked third with 15pts from four victories and three draws, but can finish the seasons with 21 pts, if they win their two remaining matches.
The BDF are recovering from a 2-1 upset by the FC Belize at the MCC on Sunday, December 22. John “Bull” King and Carlton “Fubu” Thomas had led the BDF offensive supported by Harrison Tasher and Stephen Martinez at midfield, but the staunch defense of FC Belize’s George Estrada, Shannon Flowers, Mark Grant and Leon “Chow” Cadle held the soldiers to a scoreless draw up to intermission.
Devaughn “Beckham” Zuniga and Steven Baizar led the FC Belize attacks supported by Travis Eiley and Kevin Lino on the wings and Mark “Kelo” Leslie and Luis Arriola at midfield, but John King embarrassed FC Belize goalkeeper Glenford Chimilio with the first goal of the ball game to give the BDF a 1-0 lead 13 minutes into the second half, but Jarret Davis drilled the equalizer past BDF goalkeeper William Johnson two minutes later.
Jorge Alexman relieved Baizar, while the BDF introduced Abraham Chavez and Leonardo Valdez to relieve Martinez and Fubu, while Shane “Chucky” Flores took over the attack from Paul Nunez.
Only 14 minutes of regulation remained when Jarret Davis embarrassed Johnson with a second winning goal, and the BDF never recovered.
In other matches around the league, Police held the Bandits to a 1-1 draw at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium on Saturday, December 14, with David Trapp scoring for the Bandits 19 minutes into the second half and Clifton West equalizing for the Police six minutes later.

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