Trinidad Hold Martinique

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Jamaica Gleaner

PORT OF SPAIN, Sept. 19.

The favourites for the Southern Caribbean Football Championships Martinique had to fight back here yesterday to earn a 1-1 draw against underdogs Trinidad in the first of a four-match series.

A large crowd watched the Martiniquans, the only team to beat the British amateurs, Middlesex Wanderers, earlier this year, display superior ball control and scheming. They found wide openings in the Trinidad defence, but their forwards seemed bent only on playing to the gallery instead of on shooting.

But in the second half, they realised that it is goals that win matches, when Trinidad for a brief period got together and scored through newcomer to big football, Clive Niles.

Afterwards, the visitors took control, and Paul Jean Baptiste, at inside right, equalised with a beauty from just inside the penalty area. Goalie-skipper Pat Gomez made no attempt to save.

Later, he said "It was the first shot in may years at which I made no attempt." He just couldn't get it.