Nizhee Corozal & City Boys still lead Belize Bank Superleague playoffs
The City Boys have been gold-bricking on goal-less draws in their last 2 outings to remain in lead of the Belize Bank Super League football playoffs with 5 pts, while Nizhee Corozal also has 5pts after they snatched a 1-1 draw out of the jaws of defeat when they visited Hattieville United at the MCC garden on Sunday.
Placencia Assassins garnered many players from 2- time national champions Tex Mar Boys, and indeed they led the league in the regular competition; but now they have fallen on hard times. After 2 losses in the playoffs, they picked up their first point by a nil-zip draw with the City Boys in the quagmire of a soggy, mud puddle at the Michael Ashcroft Stadium in Independence Village on Saturday night.
Hungry for a win, Assassins’ Arnold Torres beat City boys’ defender Shawn Thurton to unleash a right foot shot at goal that wide of the sticks. . City Boys’ goalie Charlie Slusher got another break when Lyndon Brooks’ left foot shot also missed the target.
Assassins’ Rollin Burgess was the next to test Charlie Slusher, and whoever says Charlie doesn’t have good night vision, should have checked him out on Saturday night, as he flew like a jack-in-the-box all over his goal to shut out the Assassins’ every try.
City Boys’ Raymond “Killa” Gentle tried to get some in off a free kick to break his squad out of the doldrums but Placencia defense said no way, Jose. Semipro rookie Dalton Cayetano also tried, but his powder-puff shot lacked the oomph to beat Assassins’ goalie Stephen Lopez. Jack Dawson also got his break to do damage, but he let Lopez off the hook.
Assassins’ goleador Ashley Torres tried to recapture some of his regular season glory, but his left foot shot just was not working. Ashley tried to link up with baby brother Arnold Torres, but Arnold’s high sailed over Charlie’s head and the crossbar. Arnold Torres go another break on a pass from Mervin Leslie, and this time his header was wide of the sticks.
Jason Young looked to bget the City boys on the scoreboard, but Stephen Lopez was taking care of business. Not even a last minute try by Mervin Leslie impressed Charlie Slusher who posted another shut out at the final whistle.
In Belize City, Nizhee Corozal found themselves loo0kign down the barrel of a 1-0 defeat when Albert Arnold, Jarret Davis and Leon “Lem” Jones got it together to score first for Hattieville FC in the 34th minute of play. Davis brought the ball into striking distance on the right flank, but was immediately double teamed by the Nizhee defense, so he crossed the ball to Jones on the left who blasted off a shot that Nizhee goalkeeper Benito Moreira only managed to deflect to the feet Albert Arnold, who could not believe his good fortune as his right away shot into the back of the net gave Hattieville a 1-0 lead.
In the 2nd half, Hattieville’s midfielders Floyd Jones, Jason Robinson and Paul Smith pressed their advantaqge in hopes of a 2nd goal, but the Nizhee defenders Antonio Castillo, Kenny Canul, Andrew Allen and Areine Swazo were determined to hold it down and give their offensive lien a chance to equalize.
The Nizhee midfielders Uriel and Danny Yam, Christian Pena and Eduardo “Gigante” Perez set table for their strikers Michael “Chenko” Whittaker and Darnell Mossiah, but these two were marked men, whom the Hattieville defenders John Smith, Roy Smith, Ralph Spain and Kent Usher had under heavy manners.
Raymond Marin and Hugh Dyer refreshed the Hattieville lineup, and Nizhee also brought in ‘fresh horses’, in the persons of Randy Casanova, Alberto Yam and Julio Tun.
It was getting late when the pressure of the Nizhee attacks finally got the the Hattieville defenders to goof into giving up a penalty and Antonio Castillo’s conversion in the 86th minute equalized the score at 1-1 before the long whistle.
Week 4 of the playoffs will see the same adversaries meet in return matches with the this week’s visitors hosting the rematch. http://www.belizetimes.bz/2010/08/13/niz...eague-playoffs/