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Sep 19, 2016

Sports Monday with James Adderley

Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.

 

The premier league of Belize continues to roll and the Belize City fans were treated to a rather entertaining ballgame as the B.D.F. hosted the Freedom Fighters from Punta Gorda Saturday night inside the MCC Grounds where we certainly pleased with the return of lighting to this much vaunted venue. 8 minutes into the ballgame, Vallan Symms got to display his ability to feed the offense off the set piece and Mark Arzu displayed his offensive skills by finishing the play to give the B.D.F. the 1-zip lead. Myron Cadle looks for the equalizer with the left foot punch just inside the box; goalkeeper Tevin Gamboa is forced into a tough save. The ball rebounds to Lionel Cabral and Gamboa is forced to come up with another big time save. In the meantime, the downpour affords Jaren Lambey this attempt at goal and again Gamboa holds the fort. For certain, the Freedom Fighters are in the ascendency. Devon Burgess sets up Alexander Peters and only a desperate clearance from Leon Cadle shuts down the scoring chance and at the half, B.D.F. nevertheless hangs on to the precarious 1-zip lead.

Folks, I don’t know how anyone can dispute this penalty call when leon Cadle takes down Alexander Peters inside the box—but Tevin Gamboa gets a yellow card for his unprovoked protestations. Lisbey Castillo gets the call and the conversion gives the Freedom Fighters a 2-1 lead at the 67th minute after Gamboa’s gamble failed. At the 82nd minute, Brayan Fuentes gambles with this defense stop against Keithon Dyer and loses his hit as the penalty call is made. The B.D.F.’s go to man in this situation is Vallan Symms and he freezes Anthony Williams to tie the ballgame at 2 apiece. Martinez almost gets the winner for the Freedom Fighters but Tevin Gamboa is bailed out by Charles Grant with an inadvertent pass and both teams share the points in the 2-2 score. In other action around the league; the Belmopan Bandits kept OW United winless in a 2-nil ballgame. Police United and Placencia Assassins rallied to a hotly contested 1-1 tie and FC Belize continues to shine with a 4-2 victory over Wagiya FC.

In CONCACAF Champions League news, Belize’s Police United will host Olimpia of Honduras next Thursday at 6 p.m. inside the F.F.B. Stadium to complete its rooster o matches. In 2 away outings and a home match, our team has amassed an unacceptable goal record of 18 taken and none scored. Last Thursday’s 11-nil loss to Pachuca of Mexico was simply discouraging. Yes our football is less developed than that of Mexico and Honduras, but there was no excuse for that lopsided loss. Police United is still our team and we must support our own. We will say though our team can’t afford to quit on us—not at home.

Finally folks, let’s look in on the CYDP match up yesterday at the MCC Grounds…we pick up the action in early 2nd half play when Hernandez beats Shawn Roches to this loose ball and pokes it past Raheem Baptist in the Police Street gal for the 1-zip lead. 10 minutes later, Michael Hernandez creates something out of nothing. He powers on Shawn Roches to strip him of this ball and then takes it to goal to finish with a left foot push for the 2-zip Ladyville lead. Marshall Nunez looks to get Police Street on the scoreboard with this individual effort only to see the goalkeeper foil the attempt. Meanwhile, Michael Hernandez turns provider with this pass to Joel Ottley who should have done better with this chance. And then he beats Roy Coz and displaces the goalkeeper as Ladyville FC grabs the 3-zip big win.

 

Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

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