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Verdes dump San Pedro Pirates 3-0, finish regular season atop Premier League of Belize

Posted: Monday, May 15, 2023. 1:50 pm CST.

Photo Credit: Verdes

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: On the third try, the match between Verdes and the San Pedro Pirates was finally played on Sunday evening at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan and Verdes came out victorious by 3-0 over the islanders in the last game of the Premier League of Belize’s regular season.

Puerto Rican Joel Andrés ‘El Gringo’ Burgos opened the scoring in the 59th minute. One minute later Izon Gill made it 2-0 for the Green Machine, and in injury time Jeromy ‘Jaro’ James got the icing on the cake for the final 3-0 win. Burgos has been hot lately, scoring Verdes and Puerto Rico. Burgos converted a brace for his country in Puerto Rico’s 5-1 thumping of the Cayman Islands in the Concacaf Nations League in late March.

The victory secures the top spot for Verdes with 30 points, same as they had before the Football Federation of Belize’s Appeals Committee overruled the PLB Disciplinary Committee’s original decision of declaring the game a forfeit and awarding Verdes a 3-0 win over San Pedro. The game originally scheduled for Saturday, April 8, in San Pedro wasn’t played over a lack-of-accommodation-for-referees controversy sparked by the Pirates not having accommodations for the Belize City referees that had been assigned to officiate the match. The season finished, except for that game, but the semifinals couldn’t start as the Pirates twice appealed the Disciplinary Committee’s decisions.

San Pedro are second with 26 points followed by Port Layola with 25 and Progresso with 23.

Now that the game is over the semifinals are set to start on Wednesday when Progresso host Verdes and Port await the visit of the Pirates.

Scoreline:

San Pedro Pirates 0-3 Verdes

Isidoro Beaton Stadium Belmopan, Sunday, May 13, 2023

Joel Andrés ‘El Gringo’ Burgos (Puerto Rican) 59’

Izon Gill 60’

Jeromy ‘Jaro’ James 90+

 

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