Near fiasco as Southampton beat Trinidad

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Jamaica Gleaner

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, June 8. (Reuters)

England's First Division soccer team Southampton edged out Trinidad 1-0 in a near football fiasco at Skinner Park tonight.

After a goalless first half, tempers flared and became rough towards the end of the 90-minute game with two players trading punches in midfield.

Southampton scored their lone goal in the 66th minute when Ron Davies collected a pass from left winger Tom Jenkins and blasted a terrific left-booter past the Trinidad keeper, Gerald Figeroux.

Trinidad put up another good show tonight but the poor finishing and inaccurate shooting by their forwards baulked all their scoring chances.

Davies always looked the dangerman for Southampton but prior to his 66th minute goal, he missed several chances with his headers while Figeroux's display at the goal kept the tourists' forwards at bay.

Today's match was the final of the three-way Goodwill football series, played mainly to mould a Trinidad team for the Pan American games next month.

Chelsea, the other English FIRST DIVISION club in the series, beat Trinidad 3-2 in the opening match last Friday. The 1971 European Cup winners also defeated Southampton 6-2 to come out winners in the Goodwill Tournament.

Chelsea and Southampton leave on their return to England tomorrow.