DCLI take on Trinidad tonight

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Jamaica Gleaner

Stiff Test Seen For Football Tourists
5 Players On Injured List

TRINIDAD'S touring soccer team face another stern test tonight at Sabina Park in their current tournament here when they tackle the Duke Cornwall's Light Infantry in their third match, which is scheduled to start at 8 o'clock.

The DCLI are League champions of Jamaica and should take the field favourites, not only because of the dominance they showed over the local teams during the season, but also for the reason that the Trinidadians will not be able to put out their best side.

Injuries to players in the first match on Saturday night against St. George's College, winners of the Olivier Shield and the Manning Cup competitions, and again in the game with Jamaica on Monday night last, have left the visitors with only ten fit players.

Delbert Charleau, captain of the Trinidad team, and Doyle Griffith, left half, who were hurt in the match with the schoolboy champions, will definitely be out of tonight's match.

In Monday night's game against Jamaica, three more of the visiting players were injured; they are: outside left Dennis Thomas, inside left, Clive Pantin, and outside right Val Turton.


Mr. Eric James, said yesterday that the team for tonight's match with the DCLI would not be decided on until mid-day today.

"We have only ten fit players," he said, "and we cannot afford to lose the second 'Test' on Saturday night."

The Trinidadians, after an early scare from the schoolboys on Saturday night finally wore them down and won the match by four goals to one.

In their second match on Monday night which drew a good crowd, the Trinidadians looked an improved side, and after an indifferent first-half, their superior fitness and stamina gave them the edge in the second half, but their forwards, although always on the ball and working very hard, just could not get through the Jamaica defence.

Weakest links of the Jamaica team were the centre forward, Schloss, wing forwards, Tappin and McLean. Captain Franz Alexander could have shown more confidence in the rest of the


The match was a triumph for Anthony Hill, member of a well known soccer family, who playing
in the first match for his country, distinguished himself.

Although the standard of football was not outstanding, Jamaica did well.

What of tonight's match? The DCLI play a constructive game and were they in the form they displayed at the start of the season would not have much difficulty in beating Trinidad's best team. Their wingers, Love and Bibby, are better than the Jamaica wingers in Monday's game, and centre-forward Stephens will provide more thrust to the line than Schloss did in the first Colony game.

Referee Johnny Wongsam will be in charge of the match, assisted by linesmen Happy Delgado and David Lewis.

Before the start of the match the players will be introduced to His Excellency the Governor, Sir Hugh Foot.

The Band of the DCLI will be in attendance.