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Verdes beat Progresso 3-1, advance to PLB Finals on 4-3 aggregate score

Posted: Monday, May 22, 2023. 11:16 am CST.

Verdes’ scorers against Progesso: (L to R) Nicolás Rocha Gómez, Joel Burgos, Jordy Polanco (Photo Credit: Verdes FC)

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Verdes gained revenge over Progresso, exacting a 3-1 win that sent them to the Premier League of Belize Finals on a 4-3 aggregate score.

Verdes had been shocked 2-1 in the first leg at Orange Walk midweek by the Progresso side which had reached the playoffs for a second consecutive championship in their rookie season.

But, on Sunday at the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio, Verdes were all serious stamping their authority from early on as Puerto Rican Joel Andrés ‘El Gringo’ Burgos struck the opener in the 18’ as he had done last Sunday against the Pirates.

Uruguayan forward Nicolás Rocha Gómez then made it 2-0 in the 47′.  

Progresso pushed forward and Jonard Castillo converted in the 86′ to put the game at 2-1 tying the game 3-3 on aggregate which would have forced extra time.

But Jordy Polanco scored the insurance goal for Verdes in the 87′. That goal put the game at 4-3, giving Verdes the ticket.

One more for Progresso would have tied the aggregate at 4-4 and qualified Progresso over Verdes on away goals, but time ran out on them.

Verdes will now face the San Pedro Pirates in the finals after the islanders routed Port Layla 4-0 in San Pedro after falling 2-1 on Wednesday.

The Finals are set to be played Wednesday in San Pedro and Sunday in San Ignacio, Cayo.

Scoreline:

Semifinals 2

Norman Broaster Stadium, San Ignacio

Sunday, May 21, 2023

Verdes 3-1 Progresso 4-3 aggregate)

V: Joel Burgos 18′, Nicolás Rocha Gómez 47′, Jordy Polanco 87′

P: Jonard Castillo 86′

Progresso FC (Photo Credit: Progresso FC)

 

 

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