BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Sept. 24, 2015–Fresh off their impressive 2-1 victory over Panama’s San Francisco FC in the first leg of their Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League series, Verdes FC will be tested on the home front by joint league leader Police United FC this Sunday in San Ignacio. Both teams are presently undefeated after 4 games in their 10-game Opening Season schedule. (See standings below.)
Only 1 PLB match was played over the weekend, a back match between Police United FC and Placencia/Texmar Assassins down at the Michael Ashcroft Stadium in Independence Village on Saturday night, and it was the visiting Police United coming away with the 1-nil win, courtesy of a 15th minute strike by Devon Makin. Devon was also the lone scorer in Police’s 1-0 win against BDF the previous weekend, so the budding striker will be closely watched this weekend.
In a coincidence of initials, another D.M., namely Deon McCaulay of Verdes FC has been smoking hot of late, scoring a hat trick in each of his last two PLB outings, against Belmopan Bandits on August 29 and against Wagiya on September 12. (There were no PLB games on the weekend of September 5-6.) And for good measure, Deon struck twice on Tuesday of this week against Panama’s San Francisco FC in their Champions League 1st leg, after going scoreless in their 8-0 drubbing by Queretaro a few days earlier on September 17 in Queretaro, Mexico.
In other weekend games, Placencia and Wagiya will be battling for third place in the standings; while Belmopan Bandits will try to regain their championship form after some recent struggles, when they take on BDF at the MCC. This will complete the first round of the double round-robin regular season, after which the top 4 teams go on to the playoffs.
Week 5 schedule:
Saturday, September 26
7:30 p.m. – Placencia Assassins FC vs Wagiya FC – Michael Ashcroft Stadium
Sunday, September 27
3:30 p.m. – BDF FC vs Belmopan Bandits FC – MCC Grounds
4:00 p.m. – Verdes FC vs Police United FC – Norman Broaster Stadium
P.S. Latest reports are that the PLB game at the MCC on Sunday will be preceded at 1:30 p.m. by a return of the San Pedro Over-40 stars against a Lilly White-Dubu Blend Over-40 selection. San Pedro bombed a hastily convened Belize City Over-40 selection, 4-1, a couple Sundays ago at the MCC.