Football, softball and cycling ups on Sports Monday
The championship series for the 2012 Premier League of Belize title got underway inside the Michael Ashcroft Stadium Saturday night to a full house as the Placencia Assassins hosted Police United in what turned out to be a competitive and entertaining confrontation. After a rather drawn out feeling out process it’s the Assassins with the first real attempt at goal when Scott Casey deals to Leomar Leslie who lets fly a powerful left foot shot that sails over the crossbar. The Police responds off this set piece triggered by James Logan Jr. that appears to be just an inch too high for Orlando Jimenez to do something with. It’s more Police on the hunt when Devon Makin beats Jason Kelly to this ball only to fire a high riser.
We’re at the 35th minute when Devon Makin is stripped of the ball by Luis Torres who makes him pay the highest price by slicing the ball past Japheth Young to give Placencia Assassins the 1-sip lead. 2 minutes later, the Assasssins should have doubled their lead but Ashley Torres unleashes a high riser on this open look at goal. Nevertheless, the 2-nil lead does come at the 43rd minute when Ashley Torres fires at goal—Japheth Young punches it out to Ashley who finds the back of the net from an acute angle. We’re in early second half play when Ernie Whyte tries to make it a 3-zip lead for Placencia but fails to find the far corner of the goal. The Placencia pressure continues when Whyte sends this ball into the danger zone forcing Japheth Young to come up with a big time save.
In the meantime, the Police dodge a bullet when Zerrick Torres fires this full volley that just inches outside the sticks. The Police finally looks like the undefeated team from regular season play when Andres Makin picks out Evan Mariano who mounts an individual effort that culminates with a left foot for the only police. No doubt the Placencia Assassins dominated Police United in this home leg and deserve the 2-1 big W. Game II comes up at the F.F.B. Stadium on Saturday where the Police find themselves in the role of host in a ballgame they must win not to be relegated to the role of bridesmaid.
In other football news, play in the Stann Creek District Easter Cup over the weekend saw DYFA U-19 dump Real Juventus 3-1, Benguche and Canada Hill Aguillas settled for a 1-1 tie, Hopkins doubled BIlboa 2-1 while Umadagu U-19 and Rivas Strikers ended in a 2 all stalemate. This weekend inside the Carl Ramos Stadium, Marie Sharp takes on Valley pride and Harlem faces Southside on Friday. On Sunday, Real Juventus battles Ghans and Galindo Proper Fix goers to work against Benguche FC.
Now here are the results from Week 5 in the Old Master Challenge Cup. In the North Zone, San Juan and Trial Farm battled to a 3-3 draw. Progreso FC handles Sinbad FC in a 4-2 finish and San Estevan mashed up O.W. Police 5-zip. In the South, Guinea Grass United routed Yo Creek 8-zip, Chan Pine Ridge edged August Pine Ridge 3-2 and L.A. Boys lashed Palmar 3-zip.
Turning to cycling news, the Weekend Warriors Speed Race saw Ray Hyde of Santino’s win the 28 mile ride A-Class race in 1hr. 10mins 52 seconds missing the record by 52 seconds. Barney Brown pulled up 2nd and Maurice Kelly 3rd. in the B-Class, Antonio Escarpeta of BCB/FT Williams took top honors while his teammates Mark Lisbey and Floyd Williams finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
Meanwhile folks, the Female Cross Country Classic 2012 comes up this Sunday, May 12th on the Western highway. Shalini Zabaneh goes in as defending champion but will be challenged by Kaya Cattouse this time around.
Turning to the softball scene, Belize Telemedia Limited put its undefeated record in the Belize City Female Senior Tournament yesterday inside Roger’s Stadium against Orchid Blazers. We pick up the action in the bottom of the 2nd with B.T.L. looking to add to a 3-zip lead when Kyle McFadzean smashes Norecia Richards to the outfield only to be denied a hit by this fine catch from Shanika Hilton. In the top of the 3rd, Mary Flowers facing Hilton with the bases loaded, unleashes this wild pitch that allows Miss Belisle to score from 3rd base—the 1st run scored by orchid Blazers. After walking Hilton, B.T.L. pitcher, Mary Flowers serves up this single to Agnes Lucas as Lynette Staine brings in the 2nd run. Bases are still loaded when Joline Davis hits this ball to Elaine Humes who goes to 3rd instead of home and another run scores to tie the ballgame at 3-apiece.
In the bottom of the 4th, Norecia Richards faces Norecia Frazer with 2 on who smacks her for a double to bring in 2 more B.T.L. runs. The next batter up is the pitcher, Mary Flowers who hits for a double to bring in Frazer. So the Blazers bring in Ashley Lucas to pitch and after getting 2 outs, she serves up this single to Lydia Cacho who brings in Flowers for another run. Give the win to Mary Flowers and B.T.L. who go on to roll over Orchid Blazers in a 12-6 final score. In play on Thursday, Orchid Blazers humbled Hurricanes 20-2 but lost on Friday to Mirage Lady Rebels in a 5-4 decision.
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