San Pedro Pirates to face Verdes in PBL Finals

Monday, May 22nd, 2023

After crushing Port Layola 4-0 in the second match of the Premier League of Belize (PLB) semi-finals, San Pedro Pirates Football Cub has secured their spot in the tournament’s finals for an opportunity to win their second championship. The island boys will face one of the strongest teams in the league, Verdes Football Club. The matches to determine the PBL Champions will occur on Wednesday, May 24th, at the Ambergris Stadium and on Sunday, May 28th, in San Ignacio, Cayo.

Photo courtesy Tom Cawthon

In a recap of the San Pedro Pirates’ semi-final match against Port Loyal, fans packed the Ambergris Stadium on Sunday, May 21st rooting for their home team. The ball started rolling at 6PM, and for most of the first half, the scoreboard remained closed as Port Layola played a defensive match. To the cheers of fans and looking for a win, the Pirates upped their game, and in the 44th minute, San Pedro’s Andir Chi hammered in the first goal for San Pedro. During the injury time, a penalty shot was called in favour of San Pedro. Luis Valdez took the shot, and the Pirates ended the first part of the game with a 2-0 lead.

The second half of the semi-final match started with Port Layola making a close attempt to net their first goal. Then in the 50th minute, Valdez found another opportunity and scored San Pedro’s third goal. The roar of cheers from fans was even louder when in the 65th minute, Chi hammered in another goal crushing Port Layola 4-0.

Photo courtesy Tom Cawthon

Verdes advance to the finals following its 3-1 victory over Progresso FC
The finals between Verdes and San Pedro Pirates are expected to be action-packed, considering the animosity between both teams in this PLB’s closing season.  This first of the finals match on Wednesday, May 25th, will kick off at 6:30PM with a pregame show starting at 6PM. Tickets for the match can be purchased in advance at the 3 Brothers Pawn Shop and Stadium Sports Bar and Grill for $25.
After defeating the Belmopan Bandits, the San Pedro Pirates won the PLB Closing Season in 2019. They look forward to bringing home the championship trophy victory over Verdes.


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