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Jan 20, 2014

Football, softball and cycling updates in Sports with James Adderley

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

 

The Belikin Cup Post Season blasted off over the weekend with all 4 playoff teams seeing action over the weekend and we have both matches. Let’s jump into it with Saturday night’s mighty clash at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium where the #3 seed Belmopan Bandits hosted the # 2 seed Belize Defense Force. The military gets the 1st real attempt at goal some 5 minutes in off the set piece triggered by Vallan Symms who picks out Paul Nunez who simply can’t even make the connection. We’re at the 23rd minute when David Madrid presses the attack off the right side; Ricky Ricketts tries to intervene but his follow through brings down Madrid inside the 18 and referee Christopher Reid rules penalty.

It’s David Trapp who gets the call and he does not disappoint by sending goalkeeper, Derol Roches the wrong way as the Bandits take the 1-zip lead. In early 2nd half action, Ian Gaynair floats this ball into the danger zone and goalkeeper Roches almost complicates what should have been a routine play. Deon McCauley then looks for the assist with this nice pass to David Madrid who really should have done better with this opportunity. The B.D.F. again goes to the set piece in search of the equalizer so Vallan Symms picks out Paul Nunez who tries to find Harrison Tasher but the ball goes too close to goalkeeper Woodrow West. At the 69th minute, David Madrid pushes this ball across the goalmouth; goalkeeper Roches intervenes and pushes the ball out to Deon McCauley who makes him pay as Belmopan goes up 2-zip. Things get worse for the military when Harrison Tasher on this defensive effort inadvertently hands the ball inside the box and referee Reid somewhat harshly rules penalty.

This time, Deon McCauley gets the call and he squeezes it past Derol Roches intot he near corner for his 2nd goal of the match as Bandits take a 3-zip lead at the 77th minute. Folks, the B.D.F. was simply not on top of its game today and might have recorded the only 2 shots at goal. Belmopan Bandits take the 3-zip Win and now the scene shifts to the Carl Ramos Stadium in Dangriga where the B.D.F. will play host in this home and away series needing a 4 goal margin of win to stay alive.

Now let’s head to the MCC Grounds for yesterday’s FC Belize home stand against the #1 seed, Verdes FC and right off the top, we can tell you it was not a display of entertaining football. In fact, it took some 25 minutes before we could spot a legitimate highlight and it comes off the boot of Jael Ottley whose volley almost gives FC Belize the 1-zip lead.

So we go to 2nd half and Everal Trapp tries the left foot launch in a bid for a Verdes goal but it’s no problem for Glenford Chimilio. At the other end, Shannon Flowers deals to Jarret Davis but that header was never going to get past Benito Moreira. As the home team, FC Belize needs to score and Jael Ottley tries this right away bomb that veers outside the target. Folks, Ricardo Jimenez isn’t too far off from opening the scoreboard with this right foot blast that forces a fingertip save from Chimilio. In the meantime, this spotkick from Orlando Jimenez has potency but a slight defensive touch takes it outside the goal. The ballgame concludes in a scoreless stalemate. Both teams resume their confrontation this Saturday night at the Marshalleck Stadium. If there is a draw at the end of regulations, then the games goes into overtime. Somebody got to win somebody got to lose come Saturday night.

Turning to the Central Division of the Secondary Schools Sporting Association. Saturday’s results show that Gwen Lizarraga High beat Belize High School 2-zip and Wesley College got past St. Catherine 3-1 in female play. On the male side, Anglican Cathedral College edged Excelsior High 2-1 and St. John’s College jolted Wesley College in a 5-1 blowout. Checking the primary school national tournament, Richard Quinn Primary of Stann Creek took top honors in female play forcing Santa Elena Primary of Cayo into second while Trial Farm Government School of Orange Walk took the male title with Santa Elena Primary of Cayo finishing in the runner up spot.

In Softball news, week 8 of the Emma Flowers Competition saw Carmelita club San Estevan 11-7, Caledonia got over Guinea Grass 16-9 and San Narciso downed Louisville 13-3.

Finally in cycling news, the open race staged by the Weekend Warriors yesterday that travelled from Leslie’s Imports to Boom Cutoff and back brought out some 40 riders. And they are off. At the turnaround point, Stephen Bissett, Santino Castillo and Warren Coye have jumped to the lead. But the mean pelaton is just some 15 seconds off the pace. By the time the race arrives at the tape, we have a 9 man sprint—Warren Coye in the middle of the pack seizes the lead; Santino Castillo mounts a challenge. But Warren Coye of Santino’s take the Win, forcing Santino into 2nd. Daniel Cano of Digicell 4G holds on for 3rd place, Kent Gabourel of Megabytes finishes 4th, while Ernest Thurton of Santino’s rounds out the top 5.

 

Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

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