Bisons end tour on losing note

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Jamaica Gleaner

Beaten 2-0 by Olympic squad

MATCHING THE BISONS speed for speed, but showing more adeptness at dribbling and on-target passes, the Jamaica Olympic team send the Howard players crashing to a 2-0 defeat in a football match Saturday night at the National Stadium.

It was the second defeat the Howard University team from Washington D.C. suffered here, thus breaking their 17-match winning streak. Their four-match series ended with their departure from the island yesterday morning.

The Bisons had opened their tour here with two scintillating wins over U.W.I. 4-0, and a Boy's Town Invitational team 7-0.

But last Friday they ran into an on-form all-schools team and were nosed out by the odd-goal in three and then the Jamaica Olympic team outstripped them by two goals.

The match was furiously paced with Jamaica calling the tune. Herbert Gordon and the Bison left-winger Arthur Lattimore started in a shuttle movement which Lattimore ended with a shot inches over the bar.

An attacking blitz followed the early raid. This brought out the efficiency of the Bison goal-tender Odemichael-Selassie.

Jamaican Schoolboy star Richard Davey relayed a diagonal pass to Owen Stewart who lobbed dangerously in the goal zone for Gordon to leap and smash a header. Selassie however parried round the post.

From the resulting corner Stewart floated the ball acorss for Leeford Hardie to 'climb' and send a crisp header which was caught by Selassie.

The Bisons made one dangerous move for this half. Mori Diane laid on a through-pass for the racing Keith Aqui to collect, but with only 'keeper Vester Constantine to beat, he miss-kicked.

From then on the Jamaica Olympic team moving with fierce speed monopolized play, hammering the Bisons' woodwork which crashed in the 40th minute.

First Davey angled a beauty which the busy Selassie held; next Gordon sent a curling right-footer from a corner but again Selassie was well positioned to save.

Errol Barret then made his presence felt beating one man and passing a beauty to Davey who send a dipping shot for Selassie to save shakily.

It seemed as if the consistent barrage had softened Selassie as in the 40th minute Lattimore outfoxed a defender, passed to Gordon, who rammed the ball on the volley into the net for a 1-0 lead at the interval.

Gordon, on the resumption, wasted an easy chance when, following a Barrett pass, he had the empty goal before him but kicked wide.

But he was soon forgiven, however, by the more than 5,000 onlookers. He adroitly beat three defenders, shunted to Stewart, who made no mistake with a right foot blast.

The Olympic Team continued to dictate play, frequently the sedulous Selassie, who got no respite from the shower of shots rained by the goal-hunting forward line.

"A satisfying performance" was the post-match comment of National coach George Thompson. He pointed out that a 'feeling of togetherness' was the mood of the team and subsquently they were playing much better "taking more shots to goal and not holding the ball too long."