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May 14, 2012

Sports Monday’s Women Cycling Edition

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

 

The Premier League of Belize reached money time inside the FFB Stadium Saturday night as Police United made its final bid to grab the 2012 Championship by playing host to the red hot Placencia Assassins who came in after winning game one of the home and away series in a 2-1 blast. Cognizant of the need to win game two the Police goes offensive from the very start as Bernard Linares gets 2 opportunities to center into the danger zone – on the 2nd attempt he finds Trevor Lumon whose header is easily collected by goalkeeper Elias Pelayo.

Nevertheless it’s the Assassins who strike first off this set piece that Luis Torres deals to Elias Denaire and his wonderful left foot strike beats Japheth Young whose touch is not enough to keep the visitors from going up 1-zip 12 minutes in. It’s Placencia again looking to score off the corner kick but this time the Police defense does its job. Placencia Assassins now bubbling with confidence looks to double the lead when André Makin gifts this ball to Leomar Leslie and only the heroics of Japheth Young keeps the score at 1-zip.

The Police look for the equalizer off this set piece launch by Orlando Jimenez that bounces off the horizontal bar. By the way Police Untied I have to agree with referee Williams that this hand ball by captain Dalton Eiley of Placencia inside the area is an inadvertent ball to hand and should not cause a penalty kick. In fact this defensive effort by Japheth Young against Leomar Leslie is closer to a penalty call than the Eiley foul. So we go to 2nd half and Trevor Lumon mounts this individual effort that forces Elias Pelayo into a necessary save. Meanwhile this save but Japheth Young at the other end in not necessary because it is obvious that Leomar Leslie intentionally uses his hand in this attempt to score, for which he promptly and rightly gets a yellow card. It’s Trevor Lumon again looking for the equalizer and while the shot is potent, it misses the target. Now watch this clash of heads between Trevor Lumon and Dalton Eiley off this corner kick fired by Orlando Jimenez. Both players would need medical attention and are stretchered off the field to the waiting ambulance.  Lumon would not return to the fray. But here is Dalton Eiley with his head bandaged retaking his position on the field a couple of minutes later.

Folks we’re into extra time when the Police work this set piece to perfection.  Jimenez deals to Leon Jones who picks out Evan Mariano and for a 2nd week in a row the Birdman puts Police on the score board. Unfortunately it turns out to be a case of too little too late because when Leon Hones sends this set piece into the stands – the whistle brings the curtain down as Placencia Assassins wins the title with a 3-2 aggregate and we say congratulations.  It’s the 2nd year in a row that Placencia has claimed a major football title.  Last year it was the Super League Championship which they wrestled from Raymond Gentle City Boys and this year they defeat Police United to grab the 1st PLB Championship.  Big respect.  The Police who had an undefeated regular season could not find the win in the championship round. In the meantime, Jesse Smith of San Pedro Seadogs scored the most goals this season with 8.

Turning to the cycling scene we join yesterday’s start of the 23rd Annual Female Cross Country Cycling Classic at San Ignacio where only 6 riders suited up for the 68.54 mile ride.  To your left in the front row is defending champion Shalani Zabaneh, Marinette Flowers in next and Kirah Eiley completed the picture, while the back row features Tris Centino, rising star Kaya Cattouse and Patricia Chavarria. Heading into Georgeville we find Marinette Flowers in control of the pace and this veteran rider would sweep all 3 station prizes offered in the hills and would claim the $300.00 prize offered by M&M Engineering. However, coming out of Roaring Creek the new wimble finds Patricia Chavarria leading a 5 person group that features Kaya Cattouse, Shalani Zabaneh, Kirah Eiley and Marinette Flowers in that order.

Coming off the bridge at St. Matthews the 5 person peloton remains a compact unit. At Hattieville the big 5 remain a cohesive unit as they continue to rotate on the pace. At the Police Sub-Station Marinette Flowers is the first to jump the speed bump and indeed Flowers was involved in most of the pacing. So now its money time in a 5 person sprint.  Kaya Cattouse attacked on the outside while Marinette makes her move on the inside.  Shalani Zabaneh then tries to overtake Kaya but runs out of room as Kaya Cattouse of C Ray takes the win in 4 hours 29 minutes.  Shalani Zabaneh of Sagitun settles for 2nd place, Marinette Flowers hangs on to 3rd place, Patricia Chavarria pulls up 4th while Kirah Eiley rounds up the top 5.

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