Trinidad Raps Canada To Win Bronze Honors

John Townsley
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Winnipeg Free Press

Pan American Games Bronze MedalThe medals for the 1967 Pan Am Games in Winnipeg.

TRINIDAD and Tobago took the bronze medal in the Pan-American Games soccer tournament last night by defeating Canada 4-1 at Winnipeg Stadium.

About 3,500 persons turned up to see the battle between the losing semi-finalists.

Ten minutes before time, those who had lost patience with the ineptitude of the Canadian national team trickled out of a dull, cheerless stadium.

The match was not quite as merciless an expose of the Canadian limitations as the lesson delivered Tuesday night by Mexico, but for all that it was still brutal.

The Trinidadians had more teamwork, more power in their boots and much more elan.

It was painful to watch the disintegration of a side that tried so very very hard.

Right winger Gerry Browne opened scoring in the 43rd minute when he pivoted on a pass from left winger Andy Aleong and scored on a left-foot shot from 10 yards.

Aleong should not have had the opportunity to make the pass. He out manoeuvred two or three men before doing so.

In the 52nd minute, Canadian goalkeeper Art Kussner failed to hold a hard ground shot from Browne and Kelvin Berassa, running in, scored.

Canada, spurted back into the game around the 65th minute mark and in the 72nd minute, after the ball had bobbed across the Trinidad goal, left-winger Tony Adams, playing in the middle, got his head to a cross to put Canada back in the fight.

It was short-lived and deceptive. Eight minutes later,Trinidad left winger Aleong rapped home number three from a difficult angle.

Goaltender Kussner was having a jittery night and in the 85th minute Jeff Gellineau completed the rout by dribbling around him and trickling the ball in.

Tonight Mexico meets Bermuda in the final in what could be the finest game of the tournament.

The Mexicans, swift and fluent, are a good side and the Bermudans are a superbly coached unit.

Last night's crowd put the attendance at the soccer tournament at well over 70,000.