Haiti win Carib soccer crown

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Jamaica Gleaner

23,000 see Jamaica lose CONCACAF thriller
One-nil victory in last two minutes

HAITI ARE the Caribbean's football kings. They won the crown at the National Stadium last night, beating Jamaica 1-0 with a shock goal two minutes from time in the final match of the Caribbean round of the CONCACAF tournament.

The victory means that Haiti and Trinidad qualify for the CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Football Associations) finals in Spanish Honduras in March.

Haiti finished with seven points from their four matches, Trinidad with five and Jamaica came third of the five countries with four points.

Last night's match was a thriller watched by more than 23,000, the largest crowd of the whole tournament.

In defeat, Jamaica produced their best display. They were the masters for almost the entire match but were unable to pierce a tall, fast-tackling defence.

The game looked to be heading for a draw when Jamaica goalkeeper Vester Constantine made a terrible mistake. He caught a high ball, then let it slip through his fingers.

Crackerjack Guy St. Vil, Haiti's most dangerous forward, pounced onto the ball and tapped it into a gaping goal.

Then followed an amazing scene. Haitian goalkeeper Manoyrine ran up to congratulate St. Vil and started waving his arms about and appeared to throw a punch.

Manoyrine, who had earlier had his name taken for an argument with Jamaica right winger Neville Oxford, was sent off by Trinidadian referee Len Jardine.

Two minutes later the match ended and disappointed crowds surged onto the pitch. They were kept under control by a police riot squad who had ringed the pitch before the match started.

Defeat was a hard punishment for Jamaica whose fast, precise football had the Haitians back-pedalling for most of the match.

During the first half they forced four corners in two minutes as they kept up a relentless siege. Linkmen Arthur Cameron and Lloyd McLean were back in form and the Welsh twins, Art and Asher, both saw shots well-saved by Manoyrine.

In defence skipper Frank Brown had another great night.

But Jamaica failed to score and it was no surprise that it should be St. Vil, who always looked dangerous in Haitian break-aways, who score the all-important goal.

After, the match Mr. Claude Coke of Desnoes and Geddes Ltd., presented the Red Stripe Trophy to Haiti's captain Morin.

Perhaps the best news of the night for Jamaica came before the match when Jamaica Football Federation president, Dr. Ron Gordon announced that gate receipts had topped the £10,000 needed to meet expenses.

Final Standings

             P  W D L  F A Pts.
Haiti        4  3 1 0  7 3  7
Trinidad     4  2 1 1  7 7  5
Jamaica      4  1 2 1  4 4  4
N. Antilles  4  0 2 2  4 6  2
Cuba         4  0 2 2  5 7  2