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Independence fever: wild holiday weekend of football

Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2019. 8:07 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes : The standings are not greatly changed by this weekend’s results, but it was an entertaining weekend for sure.

Things started with the last match of the first round on Wednesday, a scoreless stalemate between the top two teams in the Premier League, Belmopan Bandits and Verdes F.C.
Six of the Premier League sides agreed to play games on Independence Eve, September 20, to draw out the football-loving crowd, and they did not disappoint. For the second game running, the Bandits left their shooting boots at home and drew 0-0 with visiting San Pedro Pirates.

Altitude stopped Placencia Assassins in a Mid-South rivalry match, 3-1, while in Dangriga Valley Pride got their first point of the tournament and paid back hosts Wagiya for insinuating in their pre-match advertising that they could only be “spoilers” in the second round of the Opening Tournament; the final score was 1-1.

Belize Defence Force used an undefeated run in last year’s second half of the opening tournament to make the playoffs, and hope to do the same this time. They led visiting Verdes 2-0 and 3-2 before a last minute equalizer got the Green Machine a much-needed point to stay on pace with the Bandits.

So the Bandits are still tied with Verdes atop the League on 18 points; Altitude are third with 13; BDF are next with 10 and Wagiya with nine, then Placencia with six and Valley Pride with one.
Next week’s action sees San Pedro host Altitude on Saturday night; Bandits on the road at Placencia on Sunday afternoon, 3:30; and at 4, Valley Pride hosting BDF and Verdes hosting Wagiya.


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