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Nizhee Corozal & City Boys still lead Belize Bank Superleague playoffs

[Linked Image] 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.

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City Boys bomb Corozal Nizhee 4-2 in PK shootout to force a Game 3 in Belize Bank Superleague finals

[Linked Image]City Boys survived to fight another day when they won a penalty shootout 4-2 over Nizhee Corozal in Game 2 of the Belize Bank Super League football championship finals at the MCC garden on Sunday, to take the series to a decisive Game 3 scheduled tentatively for September 19.
With a BPFL championship already under their belts, the Nizhee squad looked to add the Belize Bank Superleague championship to their trophy cabinet in 2 games, but City Boys'captain Raymond Gentle was not about to go belly-up so easily, and he took the game to the visitors from the get go with a pass to Dalton "Pollo" Cayetano, who misfired.

Nishee's goleador Sergio Villanueva set table for Andrew Allen to put the visitors on the scoreboard first, but Charlie Slusher intervened.

Dalton Cayetano got another break when he connects with a pass from Whitfield Patnett, but his shot sailed over the crossbar for a nil-zip ball game at the half.

In the second half, Sergio Villanueva eludes the City Boys' defenders to create a play for Darnell Mossiah, who finesses the ball into the far corner as Nizhee Corozal took a 1-zip lead in the 53rd minute.
Dalton Cayetano got a gift from Nizhee goalie Benito Moriera, when he punched clear a shot by Jason Young, only to send the ball to Cayetano's feet, but again Cayetano failed to finish.

Haitian import Dienmercy Pierre tried a header but it lacked the punch to get past Moriera. With Nizhee still leading 1-0 in injury time, the Corozal bench was already getting ready to break out the champagne to celebrate the championship win, when City boys' other Haitian import Godson Mitchell floated the ball into the goal area, and it beat Moriera to fall into the back of the net, taking the game into injury time.
Both Nizhee's Antonio Castillo and City Boys' Deon McCauley got their chance to break the deadlock, but both failed and at the end of 30 minutes of overtime, it came down to penalties.

Nizhee's Edwardo Perez converted A-OK, and City Boys' Dienmercy Pierre soon equalized with his conversion. Charlie Slusher came up with a big save when he stopped Antonio Castillo's try, while Deon McCauley converted to give City Boys a 2-1 lead.

In the goalie vs goalie confrontation, Benito Moriera won to tie the score 2-2. After Raymond Gentle converted to lead again 3-2, it was all over when Nizhee's Andrew Allen hit the crossbar on his try, and Godson Mitchell sealed the deal with his conversion for the 4-2 win.

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City Boys win Belize Bank Superleague football champship

[Linked Image] The City Boys football club from the Kraal Road area of Belize City were crowned the new Belize Bank Super League football champs, after they blasted Corozal Nizhee 3-1 in a penalty shootout out to win Game 3 of the finals, which was held on neutral turf at the People's Stadium in Orange Walk Town on Sunday.

With a $25,000 1st prize at stake, the physical level of play became high as fans observed when City Boys Deon McCauley got taken down and referee Romel Carballo tried to restore order by reprimanding Nizhee captain Antonio Castillo with a yellow card after he took down Macauley again. Deon also plays professionally in Honduras, but he was a marked man on Sunday. Even so he got a good look at goal for City Boys when he trapped the ball on his chest, but he did not get enough oomph on the ball when he sent it at goal.

Nizhee's Darnell Mossiah had scored twice in the Game 1 and Game 2, also came in for his share of punishment from City boys' defender Tyrone Linares, who exacted payback for past embarrassments.

Corozal almost scored first again when Juan got off a left foot shot but he did not put enough power into it.

Down at the other end, City boys' Tyrone "T-bone" Muschamp got off a powder-puff shot that posed no real challenge for Nizhee's goalie Benito Morriera, who immediately served the ball out to Michael "Chenko" Whittaker who blasted in a cannonball shot, that unfortunately went directly to Charlie Slusher's waiting gloves, and it was still a nil-zip ball game at the half time break.

Nizhee looked to put it away early in the 2nd half when Sergio Villanueva launched a shot that Charlie Slusher only barely managed to save.

It fell to City Boys' Deon Macaulay to deliver the 1st goal from a wonderful right foot push shot to the far corner to give the City Boys a 1-zip lead. Raymond Gentle almost made it 2-0 when he picked up a pass from Jason Young in front of an empty goal, but, as in all previous opportunities he has had during the season and playoffs, he did not know what to do with it and choked.

Sergio Villanueva soon made the City Boys pay the maximum penalty for sloppy defence, when he connected with a pass from Uriel Yam to send the ball into the back of the net to tie the score at 1-1 in the 67th minute of play,

Nizhee had a chance to clinch the championship in regulation time when Antonio Castillo got of a shot that sailed high over the crossbar. Uriel Yam tried again with a pass to center in the goal area, but both Sergio Villanueva and Antonio Castillo failed to connect, forcing the game into overtime, but no more goals came in the extra time, and it came down to penalties.

Edwardo "El Gigante" Perez was Nizhee's lead penalty kicker and he beat Charlie Slusher easily, but City Boys' Haitian import Dienmercy Pierre soon equalized when Moriera dived the opposite way away from the ball.

Corozal's captain Antonio Castillo had the chance again to take the lead but again he is denied by Charlie Slusher. Deon McCauley made it look easy when he converted the 2nd penalty shot for City Boys, but Benito Moriera could not do the same when he faced his counterpart in the goal, and of course Slusher had help from the crossbar.

Haitian import Godson Mitchel gave the City Boys a 3-1 score lead with his conversion and it was all over when Corozal's 4th kicker Uriel Yam was also denied by the crossbar.

The City Boys United claimed the 2010 Super League championship title, trophy, the $25,000.00 1st prize and first place individual gold medals. Nizhee took home the $10,000 2nd prize and 2nd place silver medals. Placencia Assassins won the 3rd place trophy and bronze 3rd place individual medals.

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