James Adderley’s groundbreaking Sports Update
Good Evening I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.
The semi-final round of the Belize District Female Football Competition got off with a bang yesterday at the Ladyville Football Field with all 4 teams seeing action. So we take you inside Game 1 of the double header that matched Caye Caulker Islanders and Hattieville Heats and we’re early into the action when Angie Lima comes up with an excellent 1st touch to launch this bouncer over a poorly positioned Kadijah Marin to give the stars a 1-zip lead. Hattieville tries to respond with this press that gives Deandra Coote a good look at goal but she pulls it a bit too much.
So we go to 2nd half and 5 minutes in Jersha Estrada fires this set piece and despite a gallant effort from Maribel Dominguez, Estrada tries the ballgame at 1 apiece. However, the Stars regain the lead 6 minutes later when Jersha Enriquez finds Lilian Joseph and the League’s leading goal getter does what she does best to give her team the 2-1 lead and notch her 12th goal of the season. Caye Caulker seals the win when Angie Lima, the set piece specialist, fires this spot kick that Deandra Coote mishandles and it beats Kadijah as the Stars shine to a 3-1 big W!
So now we go to the nightcap match between SMART Millennium and Ladyville Tornadoes and we’ve been reliably informed it’s Tornadors and not Tornadoes. Sarah Arzu looks to give Millennium the early lead with this long distance dial but it’s right at Emeldia Alarcon. On the next press, Sherain Tracy let this left foot fly away but the good centre in front of the goal goes unattended. Sarah Arzu then works her way through traffic to fire this right foot at goal but the keeper Alarcon somehow digs it out. However, it’s Tornadors with the best chance to score when Julie McCord works her way into a 1 on 1 situation with goalkeeper but squanders the opportunity by looking for the good foot and at the half, it’s a scoreless ballgame.
We’re fresh into the 2nd half when Sherian Tracy gets this look at goal only to be denied by goalkeeper Alarcon. It’s Tracy again with the chance to score and this time she raises the pill over the crossbar from point blank range. In the meantime, give Ermeldia Alarcon some props for coming up with this big time save. Here’s a bit of controversy. Alarcon deals out some pain to the streaking Kara Kisling who nevertheless finds the back of the net but the goal is ignored by the referee for a spot kick which failed to produce the required result.
A few minutes later, Sherrain Tracy gets her 10 season goal with this left right foot push that gives the SMART team the 1-zip lead. Make it 2-nil when Cayetano pushes this ball past Alarcon who should have come up with this one. And that’s the way it ended as SMART Millennium gets the Win. Looking ahead, this best of two series continues this Sunday, November 27th at the MCC Grounds with the Stars taking on the Heats and Millennium faces Tornadors.
In 5-a-side football news, play in the San Jose Succotz U-13 competition on Saturday saw All Stars blank Nazarene Scorpions 3-nil and Manchester United blasted Real FC. Now here’s a bit of good news: Belize Rural High represented Belize in the 3rd Central American and Caribbean Scholars Games in Panama and got into the finals by defeating Guatemala 12-3 and beating Panama 11-7. However, Venezuela got the 7-4 win in the Gold medal Game forcing Belize into silver. It’s a good showing for Belize in its first appearance at these games and the team returns tomorrow, Tuesday.
In cycling news, the 7th Annual Sagitun Banana Classic is set to blast off this Sunday, 27th November with races in all the recognized categories. Here’s a reminder that there will be no registration after the technical meeting on Thursday, November 24th. The venue will be announced later so stay tuned.