Criticizes refereeing

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Jamaica Gleaner

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Jan. 8 (Reuters):

Officials of the visiting Vere Technical High School Jamaica's champion school footballers last night criticized the Trinidad referees.

The criticisms came at the end of the final match in which a Trinidad and Tobago under-19 team beat the visitors two goals to one on the St. Mary's college grounds, Port of Spain.

Couch Derek Tomkinson and manager Tapscott said: "we are surprised to see three of the referees stood in the matches were FIFA's list,"

They claimed that the Jamaicans were defeated because of several decisions by the referees.

Asked about their team's performances on the tour, the Jamaican officials said that Vere played far below their form, but "the turning point in two matches in which we were beaten were the ref's decision."

The Jamaicans selected Queens Royal College (QRC) as the best college squad they came up against, and expressed the opinion that Trinidad has "a fine bunch of juveniles."

However, officials were happy about the way their team played. Tomkinson said "the boys played wonderfull [illegible] six games in eleven days and only two substitutes used during the tour, we are proud of our performances."

Yesterday's defeat for the Jamaicans was the fourth in a row.