Sports — 24 January 2018
Verdes sole leader at Week 2 of PLB 2017-2018 Closing Season

BELIZE CITY, Mon. Jan. 22, 2018– Defending champion Verdes FC became sole leader in the standings at Week 2 of the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2017-2018 Closing Season, when they grabbed their second straight victory on Sunday in Punta Gorda. (See standings below.)

In the first weekend game on Saturday at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan, it was Belmopan Bandits SC defending their turf with a 3-1 win over visiting San Pedro Pirates FC.  Bandits got a goal each from Rony Sanchez (24’), Hector Martinez (51’) and Elroy Smith (69’); while the Pirates’ only goal came from the penalty spot by Inri Gonzaga (31’ PK).

Riding high on a season opening victory over BDF, Punta Gorda’s Freedom Fighters FC could not get a goal on Sunday against defending champion Verdes FC, who came away with a comfortable 3-nil road win, courtesy of 2 goals by newly acquired Krisean Lopez (20’ & 52’) and the other by Jarret Davis (68’). Verdes reportedly lost the services of talented midfielder Gilroy “Bredda” Thurton, who reportedly suffered another broken hand and may be out for the rest of the season.

Meanwhile, at the Carl Ramos Stadium, visiting BDF FC posted their first victory of the season, with young striker Trimayne Harris (42’ & 85’) netting both goals in their 2-nil win over home standing Wagiya FC.

Also on Sunday, home standing Police United FC was held to a 3-3 draw by visiting Placencia Assassins from Mango Creek. Police got a goal each from Trevor “Burger” Lennen (9’), Camilo Sanchez (32’) and goalkeeper, Mexican Rodrigo Sanchez (65’ PK); while Luis “Baaka” Torres posted a hat trick for the Assassins (30’, 41’ & 87’ PK).

Upcoming PLB Week 3 schedule:
Saturday, January 27
7:30 p.m. – Placencia Assassins FC vs San Pedro Pirates FC – M.A. Stadium
8:00 p.m. – Belmopan Bandits SC vs Police United FC – Isidoro Beaton Stadium
Sunday, January 28
4:00 p.m. – Freedom Fighters FC vs Wagiya FC – Victor Sanchez Union Field
5:00 p.m. – BDF FC vs Verdes FC – FFB Stadium

Week 2 standings:

 

Leading Goal Scorers:

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