Jamaica Beats Trinidad 3-1 In First Test

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Jamaica Gleaner

Brilliant Five Minutes By McLean and Coy Give The Homesters Victory

JAMAICA ..... 3 (Coy 2, McLean)
TRINIDAD ..... 1 (Burnett)

Two In Two MinutesTwo In Two Minutes: (Top) Alvin McLean, Jamaica's outside-right (second from left) spreadeagling the Trinidad defence at Sabina Park yesterday afternoon to beat Joey Gonsalves with well-placed shot—the ball being snapped just before it crossed the line to give his team its first goal. A minute after Vivian Coy, outside-left (below) is caught heading in the first two beautiful centres from McLean direct to him to give Jamaica their second goal.

THE FIRST MATCH of the series between Jamaica and Trinidad ended in a decisive victory for Jamaica by 3 goals to 1. There was an excellent attendance at Sabina Park, estimated at about 8,000. The Teams were presented to His Excellency the Governor before the match, and, as is a usual feature of Jamaica International football, the playing of the Jamaica Military Band before the match and during the interval, was very much enjoyed.

Course Of Play

From the point of view of football technique, the match was probably the most curious we have seen in any International series here.

In the first half, there was very little difference, between the two teams; Jamaica obviously had slightly the better of it, when it came to pace, but Trinidad had the edge on the short-passing game, especially in distribution among their forwards.

In the first ten minutes, Jamaica advanced down the field only to be pulled up twice for off-side positions, the offenders being McMorris and Miller.

A little bit later, a nice opening developed in front of the Trinidad goal, due to some good work by Coy on the left wing only for us to see Alcock not only put the ball over the cross bar, but over the adjacent bowlers screen.

After this, play was fairly even for a while, with Jamaica's greater speed on the ball enabling her to make more openings in mid field, but to take less advantage of them, as the distribution of the Trinidad halves was considerably better than ours.

The game then started to swing somewhat in Trinidad's favour; it was obvious that the Trinidad inside forwards were dangerous whenever given a chance to shoot; Cooper in Jamaica goal was called upon to save two very difficult shots, one from a free kick, outside the area, and one from a very well directed shot close in, which Cooper very cleverly turned around the post.

Half time came with no score on either side, and with Jamaica supporters feeling rather uneasy about the obvious superiority in shooting power of the visiting side.

Electric Five Minutes

But, if Jamaica had no inside forwards up to this time, she still had a trick up her sleeves; within the first three minutes after half time, Jamaica found herself up three goals by exceptional speed and accuracy on the part of Alvin McLean, at outside right, and Vivian Coy at outside left. It looked as if these two wingers had made up their minds that our inside forwards would not socre any goals that day, and therefore it was up to them.

The first goal of the match came from a nice movement on the left wing, Coy putting the ball well into the centre, where McMorris picked it up passing to right wing, the ball then being fumbled by on of the backs, and McLean, coming in fast from right wing, found himself in an easy scoring position, and put it quietly past the goalie.

Hardly less than a minute later came one of the most spectacular goals we have seen in this country for a long time: McLean going up at great speed on the right wing, sent over a practically perfect centre; so perfect that Trinidad's goalie and Coy, on Jamaica's left wing, coming in fast, arrived at the ball at almost the same time, Coy getting to it, and putting it into the net.

That is the kind of goal, from winger to winger, that you very rarely see in any class of football, bit it was repeated only a minute later, the same combination, McLean to Coy in a long centre, and once again Coy beat the goalie to it.

With Jamaica now 3 goals up, it looked very much as if the match was over, but Trinidad obviously did not think so, and took charge of midfield play for the next quarter of an hour, eventually concluding with their first goal in a scramble around the goal area, in which Cooper, Jamaica's fine goalie, found himself badly out of position, and Jamaica's backs had to head out a couple shots before Burnett of Trinidad saw the clear opening to put it in.

This ended the series scoring position for the rest of the game, with the single exception of one for Alcock, who had been playing his usual fine individualist game throughout, and found himself after beating two defenders in a position where, if he had kept on carrying the ball, might well have ended up by running through into the back of the net; instead of this, Alcock decided to shoot, and we all know what happens to Alcock's shots.

Some Of The Players

On the Jamaica side, Miller played a far better game than he has yet displayed for the season; Alcock was his usual self, but McMorris was something of a disappointment to us all, as he did not seem to be in particularly good form; this left the whole scoring proposition to Jamaica's two wingers, McLean and Coy—and how well they did it. Probably no team yet has ever won a match on a combination between their two wingers, as Jamaica did yesterday.

The defence was good on the whole, with Hamilton at right back, showing considerable improvement both in positional play, and in ability to clear at a length, where his kick was some use to his own forwards.

For Trinidad, there were no really outstanding players on the occasion; but it was obvious that in Espinal and Burnett they have two insides, who may give plenty of trouble yet.

For their defence, Dopson does not seem to be quite the player he was when here before, and their centre half, Josephs, whilst a good defensive player, was not giving as much assistance to his dangerous insides as he might have; as far as Trinidad's two wingers were concerned for the day, they were not very impressive.


JAMAICA: R. D. Cooper; K. A. Hamilton, G. A. Prescod; H. Walters, F. A. Alexander (Capt.), K. Largie; Alvin McLean, H. Miller, C. S. McMorris, L. Alcock, V. Coy.
TRINIDAD: J. Gonslaves (Capt); G. Parsons, C. Dopson; D. Charleau, A. Josephs, N. Winn; P. Carr, C. Hinds, E. Espinal, R. Burnett, L. Munroe.
Referee: J. M. Groves. Linesmen:F. Romney, E. S. Barber.