Sports — 26 October 2016
No change in standings at PLB Week 11, Bandits still on top

BELIZE CITY, Mon. Oct. 24, 2016–With FC Belize resting this past weekend, after losing by default the previous weekend to Belmopan Bandits, the standings order remained the same following 4 more games this past weekend in Week 11 of the Premier League of Belize (PLB) Opening Season 2016-2017.

On Saturday night in Independence, it was home standing Placencia Assassins with the 4-1 win over Orange Walk FC, courtesy of goals by Justin Linarez (20’), Ashton Torres (34’), Dion Moguel (43’) and Dellon Torres (79’); while Brazilian Joao Silva (59’ PK) got the sole tally for Orange Walk FC from the penalty spot.

On Sunday, Belmopan Bandits visited the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio, and kept their undefeated record intact, as they dropped Police United, 2-1. Police’s own goal by Amin August (22’) proved the difference, as Devon Makin (31’) also scored for Police to even the score, but Jairo Roches (52’) got the game winner for the Bandits. Meanwhile, down south at the Victor Sanchez Union Field in Punta Gorda, visiting Verdes FC got 2 goals from Jarret Davis (12’ PK & 22’) to serve home squad Freedom Fighters their seventh loss of the tournament. And at the MCC Grounds in Belize City, it was nil-nil into the second minute of injury time between BDF FC and visiting Wagiya from Dangriga, before BDF got the game winner from the penalty spot through Vallan Symms (90+’ PK). In a run from right to left across the eighteen, BDF’s Rickey Rickets drew a sliding tackle from over-zealous Harrison Tasher, and referee Irfan Basdemir awarded the penalty.

With the Week 11 results, Belmopan Bandits FC are still on top with 26 pts, followed by FC Belize with 20 pts, Verdes FC – 19 pts, Placencia Assassins FC – 17 pts; BDF FC – 17 pts; Police United FC – 11 pts; Wagiya FC – 10 pts; Freedom Fighters FC – 4 pts; and Orange Walk FC – 0 pts.

The league statistics show Dellon Torres (Placencia Assassins) and Jarret Davis (Verdes) tied with 8 goals apiece; Aloisio Teixeira (Belmopan Bandits) has 6 goals; and Ashton Torres (Placencia Assassins), Russell Cassanova (FC Belize) and Hector Martinez (FC Belize) each have 5 goals.

Upcoming Week 12 schedule:
Saturday, October 29
7:30 p.m. – Belmopan Bandits SC vs Placencia Assassins FC – Isidoro Beaton Stadium
Sunday, October 30
3:30 p.m. – Freedom Fighters FC vs Police United FC – Victor Sanchez Union Field
3:30 p.m. – Orange Walk FC vs Wagiya FC – People’s Stadium
3:30 p.m. – FC Belize vs Verdes FC – MCC Grounds
(BDF FC – resting)

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