Sports — 13 November 2012

The results are in for Week 11 games played over the weekend in the Premier League of Belize Opening Season tournament 2012-2013. And with the BDF vs Juventus game set to be officially completed on Wednesday, and a major miracle needed for Juventus to eclipse the 3-0 BDF lead, it now looks like a very tight 3-horse race in both the North and South zones, as we wind down to the last few weeks of regular season.

On Saturday night at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium, home standing Belmopan Bandits shut out Juventus, 3-0, with goals from David Trapp (21 min), Lincoln Wiltshire (46 min) and Floyd Jones (75 min). Meanwhile, at the Norman Broaster Stadium, it was 1-1 between San Ignacio United and visiting R.G. City Boys United. Floyd Lemus (56 min) put San Ignacio in front, but Jason Young (70 min) equalized for City Boys.

On Sunday, victory came late for Belize Defence Force, who got 2nd half goals from Luis Mendez (71 min) and Ryan Simpson (85 min) to clinch the 2-1 win over home-based San Felipe Barcelona, whose only goal came in injury time from Jaziz Wicab (90+min) at the San Felipe Football Field. Police United FC were shocked, 3-1, by Verdes FC at the FFB Stadium. Julio Ayala (38 & 78 min) struck twice and Rodney Torres (82 min) once for Verdes, while Daniel Jimenez (62 min) got the sole tally for Police. At the MCC Grounds in Belize City, F.C. Belize had their way with San Pedro Sea Dogs who were without their leading striker Jesse Smith. Ryan Gill (45 min) got the go ahead goal for F.C. Belize just before the intermission; and Avian Crawford (48 &74 min) added two more before San Pedro managed a late consolation goal by Linden Galvez (90+ min), as F.C. Belize cruised to a 3-1 home win. And down south at the Placencia football field, defending champions Placencia Assassins broke out of their 2-game losing streak with a 5-1 whipping of visiting Paradise/Freedom Fighters. Sharing the scoring for the Assassins were Garry Young (36 min), Bernard Linares (39 min), Dalton Eiley (48 min PK), Ashley Torres (78 min PK) and Zerrick Torres (88 min). The consolation goal for the Freedom/Fighters was by Victor Franco (82 min).

At the end of Week 14, only the top 2 teams from each zone will enter the semifinal playoffs.

Week 12 schedule:

Saturday, November 17
7:30 p.m. – Verdes FC vs R.G. City Boys United – Marshalleck Stadium
7:30 p.m. – Paradise/Freedom Fighters vs Police United FC – Michael Ashcroft Stadium

Sunday, November 18
2:30 p.m. – San Pedro Sea Dogs vs Belmopan Bandits – Ambergris Stadium
4:00 p.m. – F.C. Belize vs Belize Defense Force – MCC Grounds
4:00 p.m. – Juventus FC vs FC San Felipe Barcelona – Louisiana Football Field
4:00 p.m. – Placencia Assassins vs San Ignacio United – Placencia Football Field

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