SeaHawks into Semi Finals
The San Pedro SeaHawks won a thrilling game 3-2 in Orange Walk Town on Sunday and so advanced to the last four teams in the Prime Ministers Cup. Their opponents for a place in the final will be B League side Valley Pride from Pomona, who beat Real Verdes on penalties.
At the Peoples Stadium San Pedro made several changes to the drawn first match, starting with new signings Mark “Kellogg” Lesley and Mario “Kalusha” Sikonga to strengthen midfield, and moving Landy Pinelo further up front alongside Sanjay Pitts.
The SeaHawks accordingly looked more fluent with the ball, stronger in defense and had the better of the early play, without creating too many chances. Juventus were to take advantage of this and, against the run of play, scored from a corner mid way through the half when Orland Lyons headed home. With the lead came renewed confidence and the young Juventus side looked dangerous on the break with Charlie Slusher having to save smartly from Lyons when through on goal.
The SeaHawks made a tactical change on the half hour bringing on “Yellowman” Rowley and moving Jarbi Alvarez back into defense and hence looked more incisive, creating more shooting opportunities if not too many clear-cut chances. So, the first half ended with Juventus in front but San Pedro having had more of the ball and looking the better side.
The second half started with a bang though, as Jose Lara fired the SeaHawks level within two minutes of the restart. The captain rifled home an indirect free kick, awarded on the corner of the six-yard box after the keeper picked up a back pass, after it was tapped to him.
The SeaHawks were now playing really well and looking to take the lead, with Sanjay Pitts out on the left wing and “Kalusha” pushing up through the middle more. Juventus were still dangerous though, and on 64 mins caught San Pedro with a sucker punch from an innocuous free kick given centrally, 30 yards from goal. The skillful Elroy Kuylen bent a great left footed effort goal wards, that came back off a combination of post and the keepers hand, to be nodded in by the onrushing Orland Lyons, for his second goal and a Juventus 2-1 lead.
Once again the goal galvanized Juventus and they came at the SeaHawks looking to kill the game off, but a resolute defense of Jose Lara, Jarbi Alvarez and the dependable looking Uruguayan sweeper Flavio Pinero, kept most efforts to harmless long range.
San Pedro then started to slowly regain the upper hand in midfield and won the game with two goals in a minute. First they drew level on 74 mins through Ashton Lewis only two minutes after he came on as a substitute, when he volleyed home after a scramble in the penalty box. “Kalusha” then scored the winner a minute later when he beat the last defender to a through ball and coolly lobbed the oncoming keeper from the edge of the penalty area.
San Pedro saw out the remaining 15 minutes without any scares to advance in the competition, and can now look forward to the next round after two competitive games against a good young Juventus side.
The first leg of the semi final is against Valley Pride and will be this Saturday 17th May at 7:30 pm at the Isadora Beaton Stadium in Belmopan. For those interested in traveling to support the team and then to visit the Agricultural Show the following day, please contact Jorge at Varelas 226 2215 or Roberto at Ambergris Divers on 226 2634