James Adderley’s Sports Update
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and you’re most welcome to this fresh dish of Sports Monday.
We head immediately to the MCC Grounds where week 4 in the Premier League of Belize brought the B.D.F. face to face with FC Belize in a zone A matchup that could provide front runner status for either ball club. It’s FC Belize with the first probative move of the ballgame when Thomas Castro tries to get this left foot past Frank Lopez but that launch was never going to beat the goalkeeper. The military responds with this set piece triggered by Daniel Jimenez that is easily handled by Elroy Rawley. We’re 19 minutes in when Jeremy James finds Delwin Jones with this perfect service off the right wing. Frank Lopez comes up with the initial save but the rebound reaches David Ramos and his left foot swing gives FC Belize the 1-zip lead. 5 minutes later, Denmark Casey looks for the equalizer with this floater from outside the box—to his determinant, Elroy Rawley mishandles and Marlon Meza almost makes him pay—with operative word being almost. Still B.D.F. keeps coming and Daniel Jimenez’s right foot burst proves that the upright can be a goalkeeper’s best friend. In early 2nd half action, Richard Jimenez let’s go this left foot that inches past the wrong side of the sticks. The military is in the ascending now and it takes Lionman effort from Ian Gaynair to head this ball out of danger when Daniel Jimenez looks for Richard Jimenez. So FC Belize tries to double the lead off this set piece from Francisco Briceńo but it poses no real problem for Frank Lopez. It’s more B.D.F. when Denmark Casey deals to Marlon Meza who fires at goal only to see a well positioned Elroy Rawley make the save.
At the 79th minute, the military pressure pays off. Daniel Jimenez picks out Denmark Casey whose shot is somehow kept out by Rawley but Erwin Flores beats Cristobal Gilharry to the ball and ties the ballgame at 1-apiece. The tension begins to mount and Ian Gaynair loses his cool and challenges Referee Reid’s authority for which he gets ejected. In the closing moments of the match, Francisco Briceńo fires this potent left in a bid to steal the win but the ball rises over the horizontal bar as both teams settle for the 1-1 stalemate in a competitive ballgame.
In other results from Zone A: Juventus unleashed a 4-zip barrage on San Pedro Sea Dogs and World FC used the home field advantage to hold San Felipe Barcelona in a 3-3 tie. Thus Juventus emerged the leader with 7 points, San Felipe and FC Belize show 6 points apiece, the B.D.F. and San Pedro are tied at 5 points each and World FC got its 1st point Saturday night.
Over in Zone B: Police United and San Ignacio United settled for a scoreless stalemate, so did the Placencia Assassins and Belmopan Bandits while Paradise Freedom Fighters got their 1st three points in a big way by bombing Hankook Verdes 6-nil. After 4 weeks, Police leads with 10 points, San Ignacio is next with 8, Placencia 7, Belmopan 5, Paradise Freedom Fighters 3 and Hankook Verdes has no points to show after 4 tries.
This weekend schedule looks like this: On Saturday, San Ignacio will host Placencia, San Felipe Barcelona gets a visit from San Pedro and at the MCC Grounds, it will be FC Belize against Juventus. On Sunday, World FC plays host to the B.D.F., Police travels to Hankook Verdes and Paradise Freedom Fighters will be home against Belmopan Bandits.
In cycling news; the Weekend Warriors staged a Saturday race from Leslie’s Imports to Hattieville and back featuring some 20 riders. At the Hattieville roundabout, while the pelathon is not compact, everyone who started is still in the hunt. Going to the tape at least 11 cyclists were in play for the win but its Maurice Kelly of Horizon who grabs top honors, Frank Ferguson of Santino’s takes 2nd, Warren Coye of Horizon is 3rd, Mark Gentle of BCB/FT Williams is 4th while Ryan Willoughby rounds out the top 5.
In other cycling news, Byron Pope of Megabytes beat our Gregory Lovell of Santino’s and teammate Mark Staine to win C-Ray’s 106 mile elite race. Shalini Zabaneh got a win over Kaya Cattouse in the female class, while Oscar Quiros won the Junior Category and Kenroy Gladden of Horizon took the Masters event. Meanwhile folks, the Belize Cycling Association has been awfully silent of late.
Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.