2015–16 Premier League of Belize

The 2015–16 Premier League of Belize (also known as The Belikin Cup) is the fifth season of the highest competitive football league in Belize, after it was founded in 2011. There are two seasons which are spread over two years, the opening (which will be played towards the end of 2015) and the closing (which will be played at the beginning of 2016).

Premier League of Belize
Season2015–16
Dates15 August 2015 – 30 April 2016
ChampionsOpening:
Police United
Closing:
Belmopan Bandits
Champions LeaguePolice United
Matches played72
Goals scored211 (2.93 per match)
Top goalscorerOpening:
Deon McCaulay (10)
Closing:
Devon Makin (6)
Biggest home winPolice United 7–0 Wagiya
(8 November 2015)
Biggest away winWagiya 0–4 Belmopan Bandits
(31 October 2015)
Highest scoringPlacencia Assassins 5–2 Wagiya
(3 October 2015)
Belize Defence Force 3–4 Belmopan Bandits
(21 October 2015)
Police United 7–0 Wagiya
(8 November 2015)
Police United 4–3 Placencia Assassins
(14 February 2016)
Longest winning runBelize Defence Force
Belmopan Bandits
Police United (3)
Longest unbeaten runPolice United (8)
Longest winless runWagiya (13)
Longest losing runWagiya (11)

Team informationEdit

Team City Stadium
Belize Defence Force Belize City MCC Grounds
Belmopan Bandits Belmopan FFB Stadium
Placencia Assassins Independence Michael Ashcroft Stadium
Police United San Ignacio Norman Broaster Stadium
Verdes San Ignacio Norman Broaster Stadium
Wagiya Independence Michael Ashcroft Stadium

Opening seasonEdit

From the 2014–15 Premier League of Belize season, 6 out of the 9 teams continued to play in the opening season of 2015–16. FC Belize, King Energy/Freedom Fighters and San Ignacio United were the absentees.

There would be one league consisting of the 6 teams, who will play each other twice, with the top 4 teams advancing to the end of season playoffs. The opening season commenced on 15 August 2015.[1]

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Belmopan Bandits (Q) 10 6 3 1 22 11 +11 21 Qualification to the Playoffs
2 Police United (Q) 10 5 4 1 18 5 +13 19
3 Placencia Assassins (Q) 10 5 3 2 20 13 +7 18
4 Verdes (Q) 10 2 5 3 13 14 −1 11
5 Belize Defence Force 10 2 2 6 16 21 −5 8
6 Wagiya 10 1 1 8 12 37 −25 4
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(Q) Qualified for the phase indicated

ResultsEdit

Round 1Edit

[2]

Verdes1 – 1Placencia Assassins
Yoras Silva   31' Kareem Haylock   76'

Wagiya5 – 1Belize Defence Force
Jacinto Bermudez   8'
Eugene Martinez   45'
Samir Melendez   61'
Ean Lewis   82'
Kyle Valerio   90+2'
Vallan Symms   74' (pen.)


Round 2Edit

[3]

Belmopan Bandits2 – 1Wagiya
Evan Mariano   39'
Marlon Meza   44'
Eugene Martinez   1'

Belize Defence Force1 – 1Verdes
Orlando Trapp   82' Deon McCaulay   54'

Placencia Assassins0 – 1Police United
Devon Makin   15'

Round 3Edit

[4]

Wagiya2 – 2Police United
Eugene Martinez   54'
Erwin Middleton   83'
Harrison Roches   41', 73'

Belize Defence Force1 – 1Placencia Assassins
Michael Martinez   29' Alexander Peters   2'

Verdes0 – 3
(awarded)
Belmopan Bandits

Round 4Edit

[5]

Belmopan Bandits1 – 3Placencia Assassins
Highking Roberts   58' Alexander Peters   41'
Daiyon Coradon   48'
Lionel Cabral   85'

Wagiya2 – 3Verdes
Kyle Valerio   14'
Brandon Cacho   46'
Deon McCaulay   37', 78', 90+'

Police United1 – 0Belize Defence Force
Devon Makin   72'

Round 5Edit

[6]

Placencia Assassins5 – 2Wagiya
Alexander Peters   19'
Kareem Haylock   35'
Ashley Torres   41'
Dellon Torres   56'
Ashton Torres   71'
Eugene Martinez   64'
Donnel Arzu   80'


Belize Defence Force3 – 4Belmopan Bandits
Shane Flores   4', 63'
Paul Nunez   71'
Elroy Smith   21', 59'
Elroy Kuylen   42'
Highking Roberts   69'

Round 6Edit

[7][8]

Belmopan Bandits2 – 1Police United
Jeromy James   44', 51' Darren Myers   24'

Belize Defence Force5 – 0Wagiya
James Flores   7', 45', 75'
Shane Flores   38'
Michael Myvette   60'

Placencia Assassins2 – 0Verdes
Ernie Whyte   3'
Luis Torres   38'

Round 7Edit

[9]

Police United4 – 1Placencia Assassins
Byron Chavez   15'
Trevor Lennan   24'
Darren Myers   29'
Carlton Thomas   42'
Luis Torres   1'

Wagiya0 – 4Belmopan Bandits
Elroy Smith   61'
Jeromy James   74'
Randy Padilla   77'
Khalil Velasquez   86'

Verdes1 – 2Belize Defence Force
Gilroy Thurton   51' James Flores   32'
Paul Nunez   62'

Round 8Edit

[10][11]

Placencia Assassins3 – 2Belize Defence Force
Luis Torres   18', 47'
Ashley Torres   31'
James Flores   6'
Jesus Urbina   75' (o.g.)

Police United7 – 0Wagiya
Byron Chavez   14'
Darren Myers   19'
Harrison Roches   23', 78' (pen.)
Devon Makin   57'
Norman Nunez   82', 89'

Belmopan Bandits1 – 1Verdes
Jeromy James   25' Deon McCaulay   66'

Round 9Edit

[8][11]

Placencia Assassins1 – 1Belmopan Bandits
Alexander Peters   x1' Elroy Kuylen   x1'

Verdes5 – 0Wagiya
Deon McCaulay   x3'
Marlon Molina   x1'
Gilroy Thurton   x1'

Belize Defence Force0 – 1Police United
Harrison Roches   71'

Round 10Edit

[12]

Belmopan Bandits4 – 1Belize Defence Force
Elroy Smith   31', 47'
Evan Mariano   59'
Jeromy James   66'
Paul Nunez   5'

Wagiya0 – 3Placencia Assassins
Alexander Peters   56', 76'
Ernie Whyte   85'

Police United1 – 1Verdes
Harrison Roches   62' Deon McCaulay   88'

PlayoffsEdit

  Semi-Finals Finals
                         
1 Belmopan Bandits 0 1 1  
4 Verdes 2 1 3  
    4 Verdes 0 0 0
  2 Police United 1 0 1
2 Police United 1 2 3
3 Placencia Assassins 2 0 2  

Semi-FinalsEdit


Game One[13]

Placencia Assassins2 – 1Police United
Alexander Peters   11'
Luis Torres   39'
Harrison Roches   83'

Verdes2 – 0Belmopan Bandits
Jarret Davis   25', 27'

Game Two[14]

Belmopan Bandits1 – 1Verdes
Randy Padilla   30' Deon McCaulay   73'

Verdes won 3–1 on aggregate


Police United2 – 0Placencia Assassins
Orlando Jimenez   77', 90'

Police United won 3–2 on aggregate


FinalsEdit


Game One[15]

Verdes0 – 1Police United
Orlando Jimenez   50'
Referee: Irfan Basdemir

Game Two[16]

Police United0 – 0Verdes
Referee: Christopher Reid

Police United won 1–0 on aggregate



 2015–16 Opening Season Champions 
Police United
2nd title

Season StatisticsEdit

Top scorersEdit

Rank Player Team Goals*
1   Deon McCaulay Verdes 10
2   Alexander Peters Placencia Assassins 7
  Harrison Roches Police United
4   James Flores Belize Defence Force 5
  Jeromy James Belmopan Bandits
  Elroy Smith Belmopan Bandits
  Luis Torres Placencia Assassins
8   Eugene Martinez Wagiya 4
9   Shane Flores Belize Defence Force 3
  Orlando Jimenez Police United
  Devon Makin Police United
  Darren Myers Police United
  Paul Nunez Belize Defence Force

* Includes playoff goals.

Hat-tricksEdit

Player For Against Result Date
  Deon McCaulay Verdes Wagiya 3–2 (A) 12 September 2015
  James Flores Belize Defence Force Wagiya 5–0 (H) 25 October 2015
  Deon McCaulay Verdes Wagiya 5–0 (H) 22 November 2015

AwardsEdit

In the post-game ceremonies of the final game of the season, the individual awards were announced.[16]

Award Recipient Team
Golden Boot   Deon McCaulay Verdes
MVP (Regular Season)   Luis Torres Placencia Assassins
MVP (Playoff)   Trevor Lennan Police United
Best Young Player   Darren Myers Police United
Best Midfielder   Denmark Casey Jr. Belmopan Bandits
Best Defender   Dalton Eiley Placencia Assassins
Golden Glove   Jaime Brooks Police United
Best Coach   Hilberto Muschamp Police United

Closing seasonEdit

All 6 teams that participated in the opening season will participate in the closing season.

The format will be the same as the opening season with one league consisting of the 6 teams, who will play each other twice, with the top 4 teams advancing to the end of season playoffs. The closing season commenced on 23 January 2016.

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Police United (Q) 10 6 3 1 21 15 +6 21 Qualification to the Playoffs
2 Belize Defence Force (Q) 10 6 2 2 16 9 +7 20
3 Belmopan Bandits (Q) 10 5 3 2 14 5 +9 18
4 Placencia Assassins (Q) 10 3 3 4 15 16 −1 12
5 Verdes 10 3 1 6 13 15 −2 10
6 Wagiya 10 1 0 9 4 23 −19 3
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(Q) Qualified for the phase indicated

ResultsEdit

Round 1Edit

[17]

Belmopan Bandits1 – 1Police United
Elroy Smith   28' (pen.) Daniel Jimenez   72'

Verdes3 – 1Belize Defence Force
Deon McCaulay   10'
Jarret Davis   39'
Vallan Symms   76' (o.g.)
Vallan Symms   54' (pen.)

Wagiya0 – 3Placencia Assassins
Luis Torres   43'
Ashton Torres   72'
Ashley Torres   85'

Round 2Edit

[18]

Police United4 – 2Wagiya
Darren Myers   12'
Daniel Jimenez   58'
Harrison Roches   84'
Devon Makin   86'
Jacinto Bermudez   7'
Donnel Arzu   15'


Placencia Assassins1 – 1Verdes
Alexander Peters   x1' Nahjib Guerra   x1'

Round 3Edit

[17]

Wagiya0 – 3Belmopan Bandits
Jordy Polanco   79'
Elroy Smith   88'
Marlon Meza   90'

Belize Defence Force3 – 1Placencia Assassins
Harrison Tasher   47', 53'
Leon Cadle   85'
Dalton Eiley   75' (pen.)

Verdes2 – 3Police United
Nahjib Guerra   4'
Gilroy Thurton   60'
Amin August Jr.   29'
Devon Makin   75'
Elio Ramirez   86'

Round 4Edit

[19]

Belmopan Bandits2 – 0Verdes
Kervin Johnson   8'
Marlon Meza   48'

Wagiya0 – 1Belize Defence Force
Ricky Ricketts   40'

Police United4 – 3Placencia Assassins
Kenroy Arthurs   13'
Byron Usher   33'
Devon Makin   40'
Elio Ramirez   83'
Ashley Torres   41'
Luis Torres   43' (pen.)
Leonard Valdez   59'

Round 5Edit

[20]


Belize Defence Force2 – 2Police United
Kadeem Martinez   80'
Harrison Tasher   87'
Devon Makin   36'
Harrison Roches   63'

Verdes0 – 1Wagiya
Jose Martinez   27'

Round 6Edit

[21]

Placencia Assassins1 – 0Wagiya
Luis Torres   67'

Police United0 – 2Belmopan Bandits
Amilton Filho   38'
Marlon Meza   78' (pen.)

Belize Defence Force1 – 0Verdes
Paul Nunez   82'

Round 7Edit

[22]

Belmopan Bandits0 – 1Belize Defence Force
Osmar Duran   16'

Verdes2 – 3Placencia Assassins
Jarret Davis   28', 66' Luis Torres   69'
Dellon Torres   84', 90+'

Wagiya1 – 2Police United
Erwin Middleton   68' John King   16'
Devon Makin   58'

Round 8Edit

[23]

Belmopan Bandits3 – 0Wagiya
Eugene Martinez   34'
Jordy Polanco   61'
Rai West   69'

Placencia Assassins1 – 3Belize Defence Force
Mario Villanueva   61' Harrison Tasher   32'
Osmar Duran   40'
Paul Nunez   81'

Police United2 – 0Verdes
Andres Makin Jr.   4'
Carlton Thomas   18'

Round 9Edit

[24]

Belize Defence Force3 – 0Wagiya
Mark Arzu   32'
Ricky Ricketts   38'
Osmar Duran   41'

Verdes2 – 1Belmopan Bandits
Jamil Cano   62'
Cristobal Gilharry   85'
Elroy Smith   41'

Placencia Assassins1 – 1Police United
Lionel Cabral   13' Andres Makin Jr.   3'

Round 10Edit

Belmopan Bandits2 – 1Placencia Assassins
Kervin Johnson   9'
Randy Padilla   58'
Ashley Torres   64'

Police United2 – 1Belize Defence Force
Daniel Jimenez   68'
Jermaine Jones   79'
Harrison Tasher   28'

Wagiya0 – 3Verdes
Deon McCaulay   66', 75'
Rodney Pacheco   90+' (pen.)

PlayoffsEdit

  Semi-Finals Finals
                         
1 Police United 3 2 5 (7)  
4 Placencia Assassins (p) 2 3 5 (8)  
    4 Placencia Assassins 0 0 0
  3 Belmopan Bandits 0 2 2
2 Belize Defence Force 1 1 2
3 Belmopan Bandits 2 1 3  

Semi-FinalsEdit

Game One[25]

Belmopan Bandits2 – 1Belize Defence Force
Kervin Johnson   17'
Ian Gaynair   22'
Ricky Ricketts   73'

Placencia Assassins2 – 3Police United
Ashton Torres   3'
Mario Villanueva   52'
Devon Makin   5'
Harrison Roches   24'
Amin August Jr.   63'

Game Two[26]

Belize Defence Force1 – 1Belmopan Bandits
Leon Cadle   78' Elroy Smith   45' (pen.)

Belmopan Bandits won 3–2 on aggregate.


Police United2 – 3 (a.e.t.)Placencia Assassins
Harrison Roches   27' (pen.)
Byron Usher   67'
Dalton Eiley   16' (pen.)
Gilbert Swaso   34'
Ernie Whyte   51'
Penalties
Trevor Lennan  
Darren Myers  
John King  
Elio Ramirez  
Kenroy Arthurs  
Frank Lopez  
Andres Makin Jr.  
7 – 8   Ashton Torres
  Lionel Cabral
  Charles Leslie
  Dalton Eiley
  Kareem Haylock
  Dellon Torres
  Ashley Torres
  Mario Villanueva

Series tied 5–5 on aggregate. Placencia Assassins won 8–7 on penalties.


FinalsEdit

Game One

Placencia Assassins0 – 0Belmopan Bandits
Referee: Christopher Reid

Game Two[27]

Belmopan Bandits2 – 0Placencia Assassins
Kervin Johnson   29'
Randy Padilla   83'
Referee: Irfan Basdemir

Belmopan Bandits won 2–0 on aggregate.



 2015–16 Closing Season Champions 
Belmopan Bandits
5th title

Season statisticsEdit

Top scorersEdit

Rank Player Team Goals*
1   Devon Makin Police United 6
2   Harrison Tasher Belize Defence Force 5
3   Kervin Johnson Belmopan Bandits 4
  Harrison Roches Police United
  Elroy Smith Belmopan Bandits
  Luis Torres Placencia Assassins
7   Jarret Davis Verdes 3
  Osmar Duran Belize Defence Force
  Daniel Jimenez Police United
  Deon McCaulay Verdes
  Marlon Meza Belmopan Bandits
  Ricky Ricketts Belize Defence Force
  Ashley Torres Placencia Assassins

* Includes playoff goals.

AwardsEdit

In the post-game ceremonies of the final game of the season, the individual awards were announced.

Award Recipient Team
Golden Boot (Regular Season)   Devon Makin Police United
  Harrison Tasher Belize Defence Force
Golden Boot (Overall)   Devon Makin Police United
MVP (Regular Season)   Dalton Eiley Placencia Assassins
MVP (Playoff)   Elroy Smith Belmopan Bandits
Best Young Player   Jordy Polanco Belmopan Bandits
Best Midfielder   Denmark Casey Jr. Belmopan Bandits
Best Defender   Dalton Eiley Placencia Assassins
Golden Glove   Shane Orio Belmopan Bandits
Best Manager   Alford Grinage Police United
Best Coach   Robert Muschamp Placencia Assassins

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