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National Amateur Women’s League: Sagitun GIRLZ beat Jewel Fury 2-1 on aggregate, capture 3rd national football championship

Posted: Sunday, December 17, 2023. 10:37 am CST.

Sagitun GIRLZ – new National Amateur Women’s League (NAWL) Champions – Photo Credit: Football Federation of Belize -FFB

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Sagitun GIRLZ are the new National Amateur Women’s League (NAWL) Champions after drawing 1-1 with 2022-23 Closing Season Champions Jewel Fury and beating them 2-1 on aggregate at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan on Saturday evening.

Khalydia Velasquez struck early in the fifth minute to give Jewel Fury hopes of a back-to-back championship, but Tamara Baptist denied them, putting the game away in the 85th minute for the Mid-South club to celebrate their third national title in the last four championships.

Sagitun GIRLZ’s Tamara Baptist scored winning goal in 85th minute – (Photo Credit: Sagitun GIRLZ)

Jewel Fury’s Khalydia Velasquez scored opening goal in 5th minute – (Photo Credit: Jewel Fury)

Captain Sabrina Eiley had scored the only goal in the 1-0 win in the first leg at the FFB Stadium in Belmopan on Wednesday.

The victory was a tight but convincing win over the defending champions considering the Sagitun GIRLZ had to give away the home field advantage in the first game which was moved to the FFB Stadium after being unable to play at their home field, the Michael Ashcroft Stadium in Independence, the previous weekend because of bad weather.

Sagitun GIRLZ’s Sabrina Eiley scored winning goal in First Final in 41st minute – (Photo Credit: Sagitun GIRLZ)

“We worked tirelessly for this one,” the Sagitun GIIRLZ said in a social media post on Sunday morning after winning their third NAWL Championship.

“Ghosts of the past laid to rest! We took the less travelled pathway and found out that from a different angle and different approach, success can also be achieved! We were able to unite some of the best from the MID-SOUTH and this is what they are capable of doing! Thanks to the communities, families and friends that believed in us and gave us their unwavering support. We dedicate this to all of you! Thank you.”

Sagitun GIRLZ – new National Amateur Women’s League (NAWL) Champions – (Photo Credit: Football Federation of Belize -FFB)

Jewel Fury acknowledged the new Champions.

“We want to congratulate Sagitun GIRLZ on winning the NAWL championship,” Jewel Fury said in a social media post on Saturday.

“It was a well fought match between both teams and we gave the crowd what they wanted.”

Sagitun GIRLZ – new National Amateur Women’s League (NAWL) Champions – (Photo Credit: Football Federation of Belize -FFB)

Eiley, who is both the Sagitun GIRLZ and the Belize Women’s National Team (BWNT) captain, agreed.

“Thank you JEWEL FURY. It was a great game! It’s what a championship game should be!,” Eiley said in a comment to Jewel Fury’s post.

“Congratulations to all my National Team teammates for continuing the hard work on the pitch.”

Fifteen BWNT players featured in the NAWL Finals, seven for the Sagitun GIRLZ and eight for Jewel Fury.

Sagitun GIRLZ – Starting 11 – (Photo Credit: Sagitun GIRLZ)

Jewel Fury – NAWL Subchampions – (Photo Credit: Jewel Fury)

Sagitun gained revenge over Jewel Fury who beat them in the 2022-23 NAWL Closing Championship on Saturday, July 8 at the FFB Stadium. At the time, Jewel Fury won the second Final 4-3 in extra time, winning the championship on a 5-4 aggregate after the first game finished 1-1 at the Michael Ashcroft in Independence on Saturday, July 1

Prior to that, Sagitun won the NAWL 2021-2022 Closing Championship in July 2022 and the NAWL 2022-2023 Opening Championship in December 2022.

Sagitun GIRLZ – new National Amateur Women’s League (NAWL) Champions – (Photo Credit: Football Federation of Belize -FFB)

Sagitun GIRLZ – new National Amateur Women’s League (NAWL) Champions – (Photo Credit: Sagitun GIRLZ)

 

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