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Jan 15, 2015

Bandits and Police Draw in Game 1

It’s not Monday, but James Adderley reports tonight on game one of the finals of the Premier Football League of Belize in which the Belmopan Bandits defend its title against Police United. That match was played on Wednesday night at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium and from start to finish; fans were on the edge of their seats, despite the driving rain. Here’s James Adderley with that report.

 

James Adderley, Reporting

Good evening, I’m James Adderley and here’s out mid-week report on last night’s PLB feature at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium where Police United and the Belmopan Bandits kicked off their 2-game series for the most coveted title in Belizean football.

Pregame niceties has become an integral part of FIFA’s global football plan and as a part of this massive organization, Belize has adopted this standard of behavior. We’re in the police huddle for this display of unity. While the Belmopan bandits counter with their competing portrayal as the countdown to game time. Can we take a minute to give kudos to the groundskeeper of the Beaton field for the necessary preparations made to mitigate the damage done to the monsoon rain that had wreaked the havoc that led to the postponement of Wednesday’s fixture?

Now meet the men in charge of maintaining harmony, civility and order in an emotion-filled encounter played under international rules. Christopher Reid is the lead referee assisted by Ricardo Ake, Abner Alvarez and Amir Castillo. With the fans seated, we’re off in search of prime time entertainment from 2 teams that have shared the last 4 PLB titles. The bandits who come in as defending champions and the majority share of 3 and the challenger, Police United looking to creep into another. Jeremy James gets 1st bid at the scoreboard with insufficient power to make his mark against a game Keith Allen. Denmark Casey then goes acrobatic with his back to the goal but bereft of enough gusto to bother the police goal. The police gets real close to grab the lead when this deflection rebounds off the far post only to fail on 2 consecutive attempts inside the box. Here’s a moment fraught with danger for Bandits’ keeper who comes off his line for the save and misses badly but gets away with it unscathed. It’s more offense from the police when Harrison Roches picks up this loose ball to fire a well struck missile that niches outside the sticks as the 1st half concludes. When the action resumes, Police continue to flirt with disaster as Keith Allen botches a routine picks up that Jeremy James gets control of and he really should have found the back of the net with this look.

Talk about a good look, Elroy Kuylen’s delivery eventually reaches Denmark Casey who disappoints the legion of Bandits fans. Avian Crawford fresh off the bench comes in and gets to be the hero to launch the left foot directly to Woodrow West. Meanwhile, Keith Allen might have been bailed out by the referee when this defensive header forces a struggle for possession with Jeremy James who wins the encounter and gets the ball into the net. But Allen is deemed to have played the ball outside the boundary of the pitch and the call is a corner kick.

The Bandits continue to press—Kuylen finds Khalil Velasquez and his volley whistles on the wrong side of the near upright. Keith Allen is in cahoots with lady luck today who after bungling this save attempt only to be rescued by a crucial header from Kishane Pech. Despite the frenzied pace going to the long whistle, neither team had done enough to deserve the big win.

So game two is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Capital City, Belmopan. At stake, the PLB Football title. Two men enter, 1 man leaves by hook, crook or penalty kick.

 

Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

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