Trinidad seek vital soccer victory

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Jamaica Gleaner

Second Colony game tonight at Sabina Park

TRINIDAD seek to avenge their defeat of last Monday night and square the series when they meet Jamaica in the second of three soccer games at Sabina Park tonight. Play is scheduled for 8 o'clock start.

The visitors, who will most likely not have their best side on the field due to injuries suffered by five of their top players in the first two fixtures of their five-match tour, are expected to go all out for the win.

Victory for Jamaica would also mean triumph for the home side in the three-game series, making the final match on Monday night a formality. But if Trinidad emerged winners, the third game would be a hard-fought decider.

The two changes on the Jamaica XI give the team more thrust. Ted Ansell was brought in by the JFA selectors for Noel Tappin at outside right, and Aubrey Lowe replaces Clovis McLean at outside left. Whether Ansell can do as well on the wing as he does in the centre is left to be seen. His reputation as a forward has been built on the inside position, where his ability as an opportunist has changed the trend in many a game.

Lowe, a very energetic footballer, usually plays left back for St. George's Old Boys, and has represented Jamaica in that position before.

The home side's defence did exceptionally well in the first match. Ken Hamilton, "stopper" centre half, and right back. Walter Chevannes were outstanding; whilst right half Karl Largie, left half Frankie Lewis and left back Bill Gentles justified their selection.

The defence should again prove a difficult barrier for the Trinidadians to get by. The tourists will be without regular left half, Doyle Griffith, and may take the field without captain, Delbert Charleau at right half, and without Clive Pantin at inside or outside left.

Ansell should prove a thorn in the side of the Trinidad defence, which gives way under continuous pressure.

Quick-shooting John McVorran did not get off the mark last time, but if the team tighten their short-passing game, he should get more shots to goal tonight.

Inside right, Carlton Franco, seems the most dangerous man on the forward line. He tries shots from varying distances, and is accurate.

Players will be presented before the start of the match to the Hon. Eric Williams, Chief Minister of Trinidad, and the Special Police Band will be in attendance.

Referee will be Major Donovan Robinson, assisted on the lines by referees Dillon and Gibson.


TRINIDAD: R. Baptiste (G), D. Turton (RB), A. Belgrage (LB), D. Charleau or N. Young (RH), N. Daniel (CH), F. Gamaldo (LH), S. Baptiste (OR), C. Franco (IR), V. Turton (CF), J. McVorran (IL), C. Pantin or D. Thomas (OL).

JAMAICA: S. Murphy (G), W. Chevannes (RB), B. Gentles (LB), K. Largie (RH), K. Hamilton (CH), F. Lewis (LH), T. Ansell (OR), A. Hill (IR), E. Schloss (CF), F. Alexander (IL), A. Lowe (OL).