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Jul 4, 2011

James Adderley’s sizzling Sports Monday

James Adderley

Good evening, I’m James Adderley, welcome to this portion of Sports Monday. Week five of the Belize Bank’s Super League playoffs brought a further tightening of the screws inside the competition as all four teams remain with a shot at the finals going in. we caught up with the critical match up yesterday at the People’s Stadium as Orange Walk United hosted the Placencia Assassins who had jolted them with a 2-1 blat inside the Peninsula in week two of this semi-final round. More importantly, both teams needed the three points to consolidate their bid for an appearance in the championship round. With this in mind, coupled with the fact that they came in last in the standings, the Placencia Assassins look to strike early when Luis Torres mounts this individual effort that forces Charlie Slusher into a big time save. Slusher again dodges a bullet when the very impressive Luis Torres deals to his brother Zerrick Torres whose header rises over the cross bar. So Orange Walk united responds off the set piece launch from Oliver Hendricks and while goal keeper Marcel Logan makes the save, it is none too convincing. We’re at the eighteenth minute when Luis Torres picks out that veteran Wilmer Garcia who hits the ball with his chest and then comes up with a wonderful bicycle kick that crashes into the net behind Charlie Slusher as the visitors take a 1-zip lead. For certain folks, Jarret Davis of Orange Walk was not on his game yesterday. Here he escapes all alone only to stumble on the ball and a couple seconds later, gets this look at Logan only to unleash a wild shot. Placencia almost makes it a 2-nil score when Bernard Linares launches this corner kick that almost drops into the OW goal. At the thirty-eighth minute, eighteen year old Luis Torres receives this pass from Wilmer Garcia and penetrates into the OW defense to deal to his brother Zerrick Torres whose right away right foot finds the far corner as Placencia Assassin goes up 2-zip. Suddenly folks, the ballgame becomes a physical affair as Elias Donair in his first appearance off the disabled list is viciously brought down from behind by Alfred Jesse who gets the yellow card.

In the second half, the physicality of the ball game increases and all we’ll say right about now is that this picture says more than a thousand words and referee Charles Young now fully understands he has to impose the rule of law on this football match. For captain Dalton Eiley of Placencia, this defensive header almost takes him out of the ballgame as he falls on his left hand and has to be taken off the field for urgent therapeutic attention but would return to the fray. Ashley Torres then sets table for little brother Luis whose right away push is right at Charlie Slusher. And yes folks, the physical play continues as Bernard Linares pushes Ian Chi from behind which leads to a clash of bodies and Linares receives a yellow card for his actions. Keep this card in mind people. In the meantime, Orange Walk United gets a chance to pull one back but nobody catches up with this push from Oliver Hendricks. OW gets another chance when Oliver feeds his brother Christopher Hendricks but the captain doesn’t come through. It’s more OW pressure when Oliver Hendricks’ center is misplayed by Marcel Logan. Orvin Wade looks to convert but the goalkeeper uses his body to take him down and all OW gets out of it is a corner kick. Oliver then deals to Dean Flowers who fires this wicked right foot that bounces off the far post while the second attempt by Orvin Wade crashes into the side netting. Around the eightieth minute Luis Torres gets through traffic but on his way to the goal is taken down from behind by Ian Chi who ends up digging the ball out of the goal mouth. No call is made. Now watch this inter-play between Bernard Linares and Orlando Castillo and again there’s no whistle. One thing we can keep asking ourselves is how does Bernard Linares miss this open goal on the set from Luis Torres but he does. And then Linares looks for sweet revenge at the eighty-eighth minute on this play, forcing Castillo to the ground, for which he gets a yellow card; his second of the match. However, referee Young has forgotten the previous yellow which allows Linares to stay on the field. The OW team then informs the referee that two yellow equals a red and Linares should be sent off the field. Belatedly, referee Young consults the official, David Jones, and now Linares is forced to leave and will not play that all important match this Sunday coming as Placencia Assassin posts the 2-zip big W.

Meanwhile, in the other playoff match inside the MCC Grounds R.G. City Boys exacted sweet revenge by pummeling Paradise Freedom Fighters in a 3-2 zip blast. This after five weeks of play, the defending City Boys return to the top of the standings with nine points both freedom Fighters and Placencia show seven apiece and OW finds itself in the cellar with six points. This means that in the final schedule of this round on Sunday, R.G. City Boys could return to the finals with a draw against the Assassin this Sunday at Placencia while a win puts Placencia into the championship round. Also, a win by Paradise Freedom Fighters over OW at Punta Gorda this Sunday puts them into the finals. A win by OW would give them nine points which means they need a win at the Toledo Union Field and they’ll need help from City Boys to get in.

In cycling news, Mountain Bike racing comes alive this Sunday, July tenth with a race that starts at Leslie’s Imports and travels through the Boom road to finish at Garbutt’s on the Northern Highway. To get in, contact Gerald Garbutt at Positive Vibes. Also coming soon is the big mountain bike race from Belize City to Placencia so stay tuned.

Jah Overall, I’m James Adderley.

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