Trinidad Beats Jamaica 1-0 And Wins Intercolonial Football Series

G. St. C. Scotter
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Jamaica Gleaner

Saturday's Match At Sabina Park Gave The Rubber To Invaders
Contest, Like First, Which Visitors Also Won, Was Very Close, Somewhat Scrappy, With Jamaica Having The Better Of The Opportunities.
Deciding Goal In Second Half.

Trinidad's Victorious TeamTrinidad's Victorious Team: who defeated Jamaica for the second time on Saturday 1—0 at Sabina Park. Standing (l to r) A. Maynard, F. Ambard, J. F. Merry; (middle row) B. Henderson, C. B. Tench, A. Wilkinson (Capt.); (front row) H. L. Burnett, L. Henderson, T. G. Alkins, C. Sutherland and W. Payne.

HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS to the Trinidad side on winning the first inter-Colonial series ever played between their colony and ours! Their victory at Sabina on Saturday decides the rubber, they having now won two out of three—the third match next Saturday will of course be played, and there is no doubt that the visitors will do their best to win this also; but, in the meantime, they have decided the series, and go home victorious.

A Close Contest.

Saturday's game was very much like the first one; very close, somewhat scrappy, with Jamaica having slightly the better of the opportunities; but, while in the first game it was the pace and persistence of Trinidad's forwards that was largely responsible for their victory; in the second game it was chiefly the sterling defence put up by Ambard, Maynard, Tench, and Wilkinson that decided the issue. Whether Jamaica would have won had Alty Sasso and Willie Passailaigue been in the line it is of course useless now to speculate.

The First Half.

Jamaica won the toss and started up the hill so as to avoid the sun. Pressing strongly Briggs sent in a fine low shot off the wing, but Ambard anticipated well to bring off a great save. Trinidad then swpt down the field, Alkins and Sutherland combining nicely, and forced a corner. Hard pressed Hadden had to cede another corner, and Tech snapping up the ball as it came out of the bunch, just missed with a hot shot. Jamaica's right wing, DaCosta and Briggs were doing excellent work, well backed by Parke, and off another good centre from Briggs Harvey headed [illegible] but again Ambard was on the spot, and cleared quickly and cleanly. Jamaica again attacked, this time from the left wing, Kinkead making a good solo run, but as he sent the ball inside Maynard stopped what looked like a very dangerous attack.

Nice combination between L. Henderson and Burnett carried the ball down into Jamaica's goal area, and Sutherland drove in a hard one just over the bar. From the goal kick Tech, who was doing a tremendous amount of work in midfield, got possession and stage a nice solo run ending with one which Groves saved in style but had to concede a corner. Nicely taken by Payne the ball came right into the goal mouth, but Hadden cleared splendidly, coming through three attackers. Hendricks sent away Kinkead with a nicely judged pass, and the latter again put it well into the centre, but nobody was up, and a good chance went begging. Tench and Wilkinson combining well in midfield took the ball down to Jamaica's area and Tench let go with a fine shot, only to again have the disappointment of seeing it pass just over the bar.

The Winning Goal.

Just before half time Briggs made another good run and sent in a very accurate centre, but Maynard headed clear in spite of being closely pressed by McKenzie. Half time came with no score registered, Jamaica having had a little the better of the game.

Keeping up the pressure on the restart Jamaica forced two corners, and off the second Harvey headed to just miss the upright. Huntley DaCosta was now playing outside, with Briggs inside, and the latter continued to do good work in his new position, but Maynard was playing great football and had the Jamaica inside forwards well in hand. Then came the deciding goal of the match, and of the series. Tench sent away Burnett with a well judged long pass, Burnett flashed past Hendricks and centered, Sutherland trapped neatly and passed to Alkins who was unmarked, and Alkins had no difficulty in defeating Groves at short range. The big audience applauded this fine effort as it deserved, but Jamaica hopes sank, for it was obvious that the inside attack was not good enough to beat Tench, Maynard and Ambard, all of whom were playing very fine football; and it looked likely that this one goal would decide the issue; and so eventually it did.

Jamaica On The Attack.

Jamaica however returned at once to the attack and Kinkead sent in a very hot ground shot which Ambard saved beautifully. Then McKenzie had a try, hitting the upright after a good solo run. A third attack gave Jamaica a real chance to equalise, Briggs and DaCosta running the ball down the field, but Harvey drove far over the top from a really easy chance.

Ten minutes before time Trinidad had hard luck not to register another, L. Henderson hitting the upright with a fast shot which look all the way a winner. The whistle blew with Trinidad still one in the lead for the game and the series... For the visitors Ambard, Maynard, Tench, and Wilkinson played great football, while all the forwards worked hard. They were not however as successful as in the first game, largely owing to the fact that Hadden this time was on the top of his form, and had S. Henderson very closely held. For the Jamaica attach the outsides, Briggs and Kinkead both played well, but the three insides only barely got going together, Huntley DaCosta doing some good individual work.

-G. St. C. Scotter

Trinidad Makes History.

The attendance at this match appeared to be even larger than it was at the first Intercolonial Match. Another huge throng of enthusiasts saw Jamaica go down to defeat to Trinidad for the second time—saw history made, as it is the first time that Jamaica has lost the "rubber" at home.

However disappointed the crowd was, it gave the conquering Trinidadians an exceedingly fine ovation, cheering them lustily to a man. Even in the hour of defeat, her traditional sportsmanship did not forsake Jamaica.

Our selectors, nevertheless, came in for a pretty warm time and were criticized adversely "from stem to stern," as it were.

Be that as it may, no one denied Trinidad the full rights of victory.

Presented To Governor.

Before play was started, members of both teams were presented to His Excellency the Governor, Sir Edward Denham, who was accompanied on the field by Commander Rushbrooke, his Private Secretary, and Messrs. W. J. Palmer and Leslie R. Mordecai, President and a Vice-President, respectively, of the Jamaica Football Association.

Lady Denham and the Hon. S. R. Cargill and Mrs. Cargill also witnessed the match.

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HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR MEETS OUR FOOTBALL FRIENDS FROM TRINIDAD: Sir Edward Denham shaking hands with B. Henderson, right half of the Trinidad team at Sabina Park on Saturday.

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F. AMBARD (Trinidad goalkeeper) saves one from A. E. McKenzie, centre forward, in the Trinidad—Jamaica match at Sabina Park on Saturday, Trinidad defeated Jamaica 1—0