"Majority Opinion - Play Was Onside; I Agree" — Scotter

G. St. C. Scotter
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Jamaica Gleaner

Trinidad is certainly having more than her share of bad luck in the inter-Colony series so far—in last Saturday's Match, which Jamaica won by the odd goal at 2-1 play was at least five minutes short, and in that missing five minutes Trinidad might possibly have been able to equalize; had Trinidad chosen to protest officially on this score the result of the match would have had to be declared void, but they took it in very sporting fashion as just a bit of bad luck.

Then again in Wednesday's game which we won by the odd goal at 1-0, Trinidad scored a goal which allowed by the referee who, however, then seeing that one of his linesmen was flagging for offside, changed his mind and gave as offside.

That Disputed Goal

ON the questions of whether McLean at outside right actually was offside when he received the pass opinions differ, as they always do in such cases; but the majority of opinion, which includes my own, was that they was onside all the time—but after McLean got the pass he ran up centered the ball, bringing it back, which would automatically make play onside, Galt then got it dribbled pass Delgado and shot to score the goal.

Play had thus been allowed by the referee to proceed for at least 30 seconds after the supposed offside, and the goal scored, which showed that Sgt. Lovell, the referee was quite satisfied in his own mind that the play was onside—that being so he should never have changed his mind in favour of the linesman, Chevannes' opinion.

Linesmen are for the purpose of assisting the referee when he is in doubt, not of overruling him.

Play And Players

APART from this unfortunate occurrence Jamaica had slightly the better of the run of play in a match of very poor football; and, it must be said, a match which contained many breaches of the rules in the way of handling the ball, pushing and elbowing when tackling (a habit which some of our visiting players are all too fond of) and charging in the back.

In dealing with these breaches I again think that Sgt. Lovell, undoubtedly one of our ablest referees as a rule, was not at his best: I think, for instance, that Jamaica should have had a penalty in the closing stages of play, when Dudley Smith broke through brilliantly only to be brought down in the area just as he was about to shoot by what looked clearly like a foul charge.

Jamaica had an excellent chance early on when a beautifully judged pass by George Allen put Hollingshead in perfect position, only for the latter to make one of the wildest shots I can remember. This definitely was not Hollingshead day—he literally could do nothing right, and as so often happens in such circumstances, three-quarters of the passes were going to him instead of the other winger.

Trinidad had three or four good chances in the first half, but all Gerry Gomez, Ken Galt, Burnett failed to keep the ball down and drove over the top.