Football, softball and cycling in Sports Monday
Week 13 in the Belikin Cup brought a pivotal showdown to the MCC Grounds yesterday as FC Belize in its last regular season match sought to shore up its playoff appearance with a win against a Police United Team that still has a mathematical chance at the post-season despite showing only 1 win in 9 outings going in.
There’s no love lost between these two teams and it becomes apparent in almost every contact on pitch as exemplified on this takedown of Jorge Alexman by Trevor Lennon. The ball nevertheless reaches Jarret Davis whose shot at goal could have created a scoring opportunity for FC Belize. But Byron Usher comes up with a crucial interception. At the other end, Police looks to do some damage of its own when Harrison “Kafu” Roches deals to Danny Jimenez who crashes into the goalkeeper in an attempt to score. Folks you don’t have to be an expert to see that Clifton West has his pegs up to tackle Leon Cadle on this play. The FC players wait for the whistle, there is no call from referee Victor Williams. Clifton West, already on the move, continues towards the goal and beats Glenford Chimilio to score into an empty goal. It’s a 1-zip lead for the police. These are the things that create problems on the pitch but players should play to the whistle.
So we go to the 2nd half and this defensive header reaches Germaine Foster who looks for the FC equalizer with this right away shot only to be denied by an uncomfortable save by goalkeeper, Keith Allen. Now this is sweet football to watch: Trevor Lennon finds Kafu Roches who heels pass to Danny Jimenez who uses the left foot to find Clifton West and he slams it into an empty goal to give Police United a 2-zip lead at the 64th minute. Meanwhile, we didn’t quite catch the infraction, but Germaine Foster gets a yellow card for mouthing off while the perpetrator, Jorge Estrada is chased off the field. He didn’t go quietly, but go he did, aided by his teammate Foster. Folks, the 2-zip score holds up as Police United picks up its 2nd win of the season and now shows 11 points. With 2 matches remaining, Police can make 17 points which is 1 more than FC Belize who have no more matches remaining.
In other results, Verdes and San Ignacio United drew 2-2 while the showdown between the B.D.F. and the Bandits was rained out. Thus the standings look like this: Verdes FC leads with 18 points and with 2 matches remaining are already assured of making the playoffs. FC Belize is next with 16 points, but with no match remaining does not control their own destiny. Both the B.D.F. and Belmopan Bandits show 15 points apiece, but both have 2 outings to go. Paradise Freedom Fighters with 1 game to go has 14 points and can finish with 17. Police United has 11 and can finish with 17 points, while San Ignacio has 9 points with one match to go and is the only team outside the playoff picture.
In the meantime, all remaining matches will be completed by Saturday night. The back match between the B.D.F. and the bandits comes up at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Belmopan and Police United faces Verdes at the Marshalleck Stadium Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in a must win situation. On Saturday, the regular season schedule concludes with 3 matches. Paradise Freedom Fighters take on the B.D.F. at the Carl Ramos; Police will host San Ignacio at Capital City and Verdes will do battle against the Bandits inside the Marshalleck Stadium as they scramble to the post season concludes.
Turning to the cycling scene, Barney Brown continues to rule the Weekend Warrior scene after grabbing yesterday’s 50 mile BelCal Race in a time of 2 hours 18 minutes 15 seconds. He beat out Calman Williams, Warren Coye, Palas Joseph and Jack Sutherland in that order respectively. Santino Castillo who finished 6th overall took top honors in the B Class.
Finally folks, the Emma Flowers Softball Competition continues to roll up, up north. Week 6 results show undefeated Carmelita crushing Caledonia 14 to 2, Louisville outlasted Guinea Grass 11 to 7 and San Narciso walloped San Estevan 19 to 4.
Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.