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PLB semi-finals start this weekend; San Pedro Pirates to face Port Layola


The semi-finals of the Premier League of Belize (PLB) start this weekend with matches involving the last teams remaining in the league’s closing season. One of them is San Pedro Pirates, who, after overcoming Benque United over the weekend, will be traveling to Belize City on Saturday, April 29th, to face Port Layola.

Photo courtesy Tom Cawthon

The match on Saturday, April 22nd, saw the island’s premier football team traveling to Benque Viejo del Carmen, where they faced a strong Benque United at the Mashalleck Stadium. The home team was determined to hold on to the win, and in the 7th minute of the first half, Benque’s Jamil Cano opened the score. But three minutes after, San Pedro’s Horace Avila evened the score via a penalty kick. Avila would score a second goal for San Pedro Pirates in the 20th. The 2-1 lead rolled into the second half of the game.

Benque returned in the second half with slightly new gameplay. This worked, and Owen Sosa tied the match 2-2. However, before the long whistle, the island boys increased their lead with a goal from Mario Chimal in a play that defeated Benque’s defense. At the end of the match, San Pedro Pirates emerged victorious 3-2, leaving Benque out of the PLB’s semi-finals.

Photo courtesy Tom Cawthon

The other teams in the semi-finals include Verdes, Port Layola, and Progresso FC. The first round of matches this weekend in the journey to the closing championship will see San Pedro Pirates trying to seal a win against Port Layola in a home-away match in Belize City. Meanwhile, Progresso FC will travel from Orange Walk Town to San Ignacio Town to face Verdes.

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