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#499981 - 01/16/15 10:17 AM Finals of the Premier Football League
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Bandits and Police Draw in Game 1

It’s not Monday, but James Adderley reports tonight on game one of the finals of the Premier Football League of Belize in which the Belmopan Bandits defend its title against Police United. That match was played on Wednesday night at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium and from start to finish; fans were on the edge of their seats, despite the driving rain. Here’s James Adderley with that report.

James Adderley, Reporting

Good evening, I’m James Adderley and here’s out mid-week report on last night’s PLB feature at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium where Police United and the Belmopan Bandits kicked off their 2-game series for the most coveted title in Belizean football.

Pregame niceties has become an integral part of FIFA’s global football plan and as a part of this massive organization, Belize has adopted this standard of behavior. We’re in the police huddle for this display of unity. While the Belmopan bandits counter with their competing portrayal as the countdown to game time. Can we take a minute to give kudos to the groundskeeper of the Beaton field for the necessary preparations made to mitigate the damage done to the monsoon rain that had wreaked the havoc that led to the postponement of Wednesday’s fixture?

Now meet the men in charge of maintaining harmony, civility and order in an emotion-filled encounter played under international rules. Christopher Reid is the lead referee assisted by Ricardo Ake, Abner Alvarez and Amir Castillo. With the fans seated, we’re off in search of prime time entertainment from 2 teams that have shared the last 4 PLB titles. The bandits who come in as defending champions and the majority share of 3 and the challenger, Police United looking to creep into another. Jeremy James gets 1st bid at the scoreboard with insufficient power to make his mark against a game Keith Allen. Denmark Casey then goes acrobatic with his back to the goal but bereft of enough gusto to bother the police goal. The police gets real close to grab the lead when this deflection rebounds off the far post only to fail on 2 consecutive attempts inside the box. Here’s a moment fraught with danger for Bandits’ keeper who comes off his line for the save and misses badly but gets away with it unscathed. It’s more offense from the police when Harrison Roches picks up this loose ball to fire a well struck missile that niches outside the sticks as the 1st half concludes. When the action resumes, Police continue to flirt with disaster as Keith Allen botches a routine picks up that Jeremy James gets control of and he really should have found the back of the net with this look.

Talk about a good look, Elroy Kuylen’s delivery eventually reaches Denmark Casey who disappoints the legion of Bandits fans. Avian Crawford fresh off the bench comes in and gets to be the hero to launch the left foot directly to Woodrow West. Meanwhile, Keith Allen might have been bailed out by the referee when this defensive header forces a struggle for possession with Jeremy James who wins the encounter and gets the ball into the net. But Allen is deemed to have played the ball outside the boundary of the pitch and the call is a corner kick.

The Bandits continue to press—Kuylen finds Khalil Velasquez and his volley whistles on the wrong side of the near upright. Keith Allen is in cahoots with lady luck today who after bungling this save attempt only to be rescued by a crucial header from Kishane Pech. Despite the frenzied pace going to the long whistle, neither team had done enough to deserve the big win.

So game two is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Capital City, Belmopan. At stake, the PLB Football title. Two men enter, 1 man leaves by hook, crook or penalty kick.

Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

Channel 5


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#500042 - 01/18/15 10:07 AM Re: Finals of the Premier Football League [Re: Marty]
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Belmopan Bandits 3-Peat for PLB Football Competition

The packed Football Stadium in Belmopan was a testament to the love of the game called Football in Belize.

Fans for Police United Football Team and Belmopan Bandits brought life to the stadium and energy to the players as each fan had his/her say.

Bandits confused the police team after the second goal that was scored by one of Belize’s Star Players, Elroy Kuylen, who has been with the Bandits for 3 years and expressed his joy as a goal scorer stating that his goal was a relief to his team because one goal is not safe in this competition.

This goal, he said, also confused the Police United Team.

Bandits came to win the trophy and that message was loud and clear from the first whistle of Referee Ifan Basdemir.

The players played with a mission. Police tried to equalize but tonight was not their night for victory.

Bandits had their victory shirt ready and it had 3-Peat, how accurate.

Since it was the final game for the opening season trophies and medals were distributed to the first and second place teams along with special awards.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the Belize Breaking News


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#500108 - 01/20/15 10:17 AM Re: Finals of the Premier Football League [Re: Marty]
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Belmopan Bandits win the PLB Championship

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

The road to the PLB 2014 title reached money time Saturday night at the Isidoro Beaton stadium inside Belmopan where 2 teams entered on equal footing after a scoreless stalemate in game 1 of the championship series. Belmopan Bandits with 3 of last 4 titles had made the necessary adjustments going in while Police United kept struggling with the available personnel. The Bandits make the first move with this long distance dial from Elroy Kuylen that quickly exposes Keith Allen’s weakness when he comes off his line. However, it’s the Police with the best chance to impress the scoreboard when Clifton West beats Dalton Eiley to a compromised possession and gets the ball over Woodrow West who would never recover. Unfortunately, the bounce provides just enough time for Shane Armstrong to pull off a spectacular defensive save. At the other end, this set piece launch from Denmark Lacey Jr. almost concludes in the dread auto goal so the Police sign with relief. Nevertheless, Byron usher’s reach to wrest possession from Evan Mariano is harshly interpreted as a penalty by the referee much to the dismay of the Police. Goalkeeper Woodrow West abandons his stake to become penalty kicker and is rather successful at it to give the bandits a 1-zip lead 23 minutes in. 7 minutes later, Trevor Lennon seeks the far corner for the equalizer – he finds it but so does this unbelievable save from Woodrow West.

In the meantime, this save by West shows why he picked up international fame as national team goalkeeper. Trevor Lennon gets a 2nd chance to tie the score but misses this header from point blank range. We’re into 2nd half play when David Madrid beats the Police defense line with this run but this time Keith Allen does the job when he comes off his line and then is assisted by the wood work. Andres Makin Jr. then gets this look at goal but squander the opportunity to tie the score for the Police. We say both teams do squander because Jordy Polanco can double the Bandits lead and fails to do so when he should have. At the 67th minute, this set piece finds the head of Elroy Kuylen which ricochets off the far upright right back to him and this time his offering gives Belmopan a 2-zip lead.  It’s all Bandits now and while it has a look of offside, Jordy Polanco benefits after 2 tries to give his team a 3-zip lead at the 73 minute. This breaks the back of the Police. Off this Bandits corner kick, the defensive header reaches Denmark Casey Jr. and his full volley is a masterpiece to behold for the 4-zip final score. The long whistle brings the official announcement that Belmopan Bandits is PLB Champion in the 2014/2015 Tournament.

We say congratulations to Shamir Pacheco of Verdes who emerged with MVP honors. Dalton Eiley of Bandits is Best Defense; teammate Jordy Polanco is voted Best Midfielder; Tevin Gamboa of B.D.F. is best Goalkeeper. Harrison Roches scored 8 to be the league’s goleador and the Verdes team is voted as Best Management. Congratulations to the Belmopan Bandits, who have now won 4 of the last 5 PLB Tournaments and to the Police United, we say it ain’t over till it’s over. Meanwhile, the PLB closing season begins on the 31st January with 9 teams participating.

In other football news, with San Martin FC already into the Belmopan 1st Division Championship, Alliance United and Cotton Tree FC battled for the remaining spot at the Isidoro Beaton yesterday. Alliance United comes up with the 1st strike when Lincoln Wiltshire leads to Israel Clavel who opens the scoreboard. Some 10 minutes later, Clavel turns provider and the nice on the run pink from Brian Membrano makes it 2-nil. In late 1st half Ruddy Ramirez slices perfectly to Selvin Morales whose volley makes it a 2 – 1 score. Alliance then pushes the lead when Israel Clavel deals to Wayne Wiltshire who calmly smacks it into the far corner for the 3 – 1 big W and into the championship round. This January 25th 3:30 PM Alliance United will face San Martin FC at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium.

In international football news, the national male team of Belize begins its world cup qualifier with 1st round play on 23rd March against the Cayman Island here in Belize….return match will be between the 8th and 16th June. If Belize gets past this round, we move on to face the Dominican Republic.

Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

Channel 5


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