Only 2 teams each from the North and South zones will qualify for the playoffs, and at the completion of 4 Saturday night and 2 Sunday afternoon games in Week 7 of the Premier League of Belize 2012 opening season, the situation is getting more desperate for some teams, as already a few are mathematically out of contention for a playoff spot.
In last Saturday night games: At the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio, visiting San Pedro Seadogs clipped home-standing World FC, 3-2, with goals from Kent Gabourel (39 min) and Francisco Mejia (45+ and 70 min). Scoring for World FC were Carlos Vasquez (35 min) and Richard Carrillo (68 min). Meanwhile, at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan, Jacinto Bermudez put the Belmopan Bandits ahead 1-nil at the 40th minute, but Amin August replied quickly at the 41st minute for visiting San Ignacio United FC, to secure a 1-1 draw. At the MCC Grounds in Belize City, high flying Police United got a scare when visiting Paradise/Freedom Fighters took a 1-nil lead on a strike by Delroy Flores at the 30th minute. Evan Mariano leveled things for Police just before intermission at the 45th minute, and Mariano came back to clinch the 2-1 victory for Police with a wicked right foot rocket from outside the 18 at the 62nd minute. The last Saturday night match was at the Marshalleck Stadium where Placencia Assassins dropped home-standing Hankook Verdes, 2-nil, with goals from Gary Young (50 min) and Rollin Burgess (57 min).
On Sunday, it was another thriller at the MCC, as San Felipe Barcelona started defensively, and seemed to have turned the game around in their favor in second half after Harvey Cruz and Deris “Columbia” Benavides entered the game. But in injury time, with the game still scoreless, a San Felipe attack sputtered in midfield when an upfield pass was intercepted, and in a “contra golpe,” suddenly F.C. Belize left wing Jeremy Bermudez sent a right footed “knife” from just outside the 18 that sailed into the right corner for what turned out to be the game winner, 1-nil F.C. Belize over San Felipe Barcelona.
The other Sunday match-up, at the People’s Stadium in Orange Walk, was also a 1-nil affair, as visiting Belize Defence Force got a 65th minute goal from Richard “Cheety” Jimenez, and it was enough for the win over home standing Juventus.
Week 8 schedule:
Saturday, March 31
7:30 p.m. – Belize Defence Force vs San Felipe Barcelona - Norman Broaster Stadium
7:30 p.m. – Police United vs Belmopan Bandits - MCC Grounds
Sunday, April 1
3:30 p.m. – San Pedro Seadogs vs F.C. Belize - MCC Grounds
4:00 p.m. – Juventus vs World FC - People’s Stadium
4:00 p.m. – San Ignacio United vs Hankook Verdes - Norman Broaster Stadium
4:00 p.m. – Paradise/Freedom Fighters vs Placencia Assassins - Toledo Union Field Amandala