Belize advances in Central American Cup Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 January 2013 00:00

TesmLiving up to his record as having the most goals in international play, Deon McCauley managed a heart-stopping 91st minute goal on Tuesday January 23rd against Nicaragua in Costa Rica in the Copa Centroamericana (Central American Cup). It was a goal that gave Belizeans watching the action a collective sigh of relief and a moment of euphoria. The goal meant that Belize had won the game 2-1 against Nicaragua. Six minutes earlier at the 85th minute of play, E. Figueroa managed an equalizing goal taking the game to a 1-1 draw. Hearts must have sank and the probabilities of Belize advancing to the next round began to be calculated by all who were watching. Those calculations were no longer necessary after the McCauley goal. Belize advanced to the Semifinal round after the win. 

During the game against Nicaragua, Belize had managed to maintain a lead from the 28th minute of play when Harrison Roches passed the ball to Travis Lennon at the outside box of the Nicaraguan Goal. With surgical precision, Lennon drove a cannon shot into Nicaragua’s goal taking the lead of the game. That had the game 1-0 and it was maintained that way despite best efforts by Nicaragua’s squad who kept attacking the goal but which was capably defended by Woodrow Wilson West stopping all goals attempts.

With Belize’s win, the squad now has 4 points and a second place position in the Group A division of the tournament. Belize is the only country along with Costa Rica that has managed a win in the competition thus far.

It’s a history making position for Belize as it has never won a game in the Central American Cup. Now, Belize will play Honduras on Friday January 25th in the Semi-Final round.

On Friday, January 18th Belize’s team Jaguars bravely defended our honor in San Jose Costa Rica where it was a 1-0 loss for our team. Then on Sunday, it was a 0-0 draw against Guatemala giving team Belize a fighting chance in the tournament.