Sports Monday Highlights with James Adderley
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.
The battle to get into the 1st championship series as presented by the Premier League of Belize raged simultaneously at the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio and inside the F.F.B. stadium at Capital City, Belmopan Saturday night. We take you inside the Norman Broaster Stadium where the Belize Defense Force hosted Placencia Assassins after last week’s scoreless draw in Game 1 and we are early into the ballgame when Harrison Tasher is taken down inside the eighteenth by Dalton Eiley and the referee rules penalty. David Trapp, captain of the B.D.F. team gets the call only to disappoint with a launch that bounces off the near upright and the Assassins breathe a sigh of relief. We’re some 14 minutes in when Elias Donaire finds Dellon Torres and his crushing header gives Placencia the 1-zip lead. Vallan Symms then looks to tie the ballgame off this set piece but the launch curls into goalkeeper Elias Pelayo and Placencia leads 1-nil.
In 2nd half, we find the B.D.F. still pressing for the equalizer so Byron Usher picks out Harrison Tasher with this wonderful pass but the header by Tasher sails over the horizontal bar. The military gets another chance to come up with the equalizer when Luis Mendez deals to Erwin Flores who really should have done better. At the other end, Placencia looks to double the lead only to be denied by the timely intervention of the B.D.F. keeper, Frank Lopez. In the meantime, Elias Pelayo is asked to come up with a necessary save off this shot by Marlon Meza and he does. Nevertheless, the equalizer comes at the 80th minute and it comes when Meza’s launch into the danger zone is misplayed by the Assassin’s defense and Daniel Jimenez makes them pay. Talk about a big time save; this right foot grass head burner from Daniel Jimenez has goal written all over it until Pelayo intervenes.
It’s getting late so Rollin Burgess seeks to seal the WIN with this powerful smash but is denied by a fine save from Frank Lopez and at the end of 90 minutes, we have a 1-1 tie. So we go to overtime and we’re 7 minutes in when Zerrick Torres fires this bomb that beats Lopez as the Assassins takes a 2-1 lead. But the B.D.F. wouldn’t quit. Daniel Jimenez triggers this set piece that is headed out to Marlon Meza whose right away bouncer ties the ballgame at the 111th minute of play; which forces the decision to be made from penalty kicks. Marlon Meza of the B.D.F. gets the first shot and he gives his team the lead. Zerrick Torres steps up and ties it for Placencia. Danny Jimenez who played a whale of a game disappoints when he gets his turn. Luis Torres then gives Placencia the lead with this offering. Harrison Tasher keeps the B.D.F. alive with this conversion. However Rollin Burgess keeps his team ahead with this goal. Khalil Vasquez put his attempt too close to Pelayo who makes the save. So when Ashley Torres steps up and sends Lopez the wrong way, it’s all over as the Placencia Assassins are into the championship series with the 4-2 win on penalty kicks. Placencia will face Police United who burned FC Belize on a goal from Trevor Lennox Saturday night inside the F.F.B. Stadium. Game 1 is set for Saturday May 5th inside the Michael Ashcroft Stadium and the series concludes on May 12th at the F.F.B. Stadium.
In news from the Stann Creek Easter Cup, Galindo Proper Fix crushed Bilboa 8-zip while Harlem and Hopkins settled for a 1-1 score. On Tuesday, Foreshore Elegance takes on Marie Sharp and Ghans hooks up with Valley Pride. Turning to the softball scene, Friday’s matchup in the Belize City senior Female Competition found Telemedia in action against Mirage Lady Rebels. We pick up the action in the 3rd inning as Mirage Lady Rebels find themselves down by 2 runs. Sharett Jones smacks this 2 run double off Mary Flowers and we are tied at 4 apiece. Kyle McFadzean breaks the tie in the 5th inning with this 2 run double to right off Laniesha Jones. Telemedia would score 3 runs in. they would get 2 more in the 6th and 1 in the 7th to grab the victory in a 10-6 final score as Mary Flowers gets the win and Laniesha Jones is tagged with the loss. On tonight’s ticket at Roger’s Stadium, Telemedia goes to work against Orchid Blazers.
Finally folks, Wesley Upper School got past Holy family RC School 41-36 to grab the national Male Primary School Basketball championship on Friday. Meanwhile Belize rural Primary School defeated Louisiana Government School 20-2 to take the female title. Kristy Terry of Belize rural was voted female Most Valuable Player, while Shaquille Crawford of Wesley Upper emerged with MVP honors on the male side.
Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.