Last Football Test Tomorrow

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Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaica Makes One Change

FOR THE FIRST TIME since the series opened between the two countries back in 1935, Jamaica has beaten Trinidad in a football "rubber" by virtue of our 3—1 and 2—1 victories registered on Monday and Wednesday. And now that our footballers are flushed with success on this signal achievement, public clamour is for the avenging of one of those two 6—0 defeats in the concluding match tomorrow.

Wednesday's match was the 12th between the two countries involving four tournaments, and we were registering our fourth victory to Trinidad's seventh. Our opponents had won two "rubbers"—1935 and November 1947—while that of Feby. 1947 here was left drawn, but with that 6-0 rout in the last match on a water logged field still rankling.

Jamaicans are anxious that blotch should be erased, for not until then will it be felt that we have regained our football prestige. If they could be assured that our team would return such a flogging tomorrow, then Sabina Park would be too small for the crowd, particularly as tomorrow's final will be the only sporting event of the day. Concensus of opinion is that Jamaica had a glorious chance of avenging themselves on Monday last, but after being 3 goals up not possessing the "killer" instinct, we not only missed opportunities, but relaxed.


Wednesday's match was such a close affair—in fact Ronnie Cooper's goalkeepirig virtually won us the match—the selectors are taking no chances. They have turned deaf ears to suggestions of giving so-and-so a break, and but for one chance, with the view of making the forwardline more thrustful and effective, are sticking to the victorious team in two matches.

Bunny McLean, brother of Alvin and whose form in the trials was as good as any other wing-half, comes in at left-half from which position Karl Largie moves over to centre-half in place of the captain, Franz Alexander. Alexander will in turn move up on the forwardline at inside-right in place of Henry Miller, who has been dropped.

Claude McMorris, who, as in the first two Haitian matches last October, has been off colour, has been retained at centre-forward. We hope as in the last to tournament he will recover his shooting boots, which he knows how to use when he has found them.

And there you are my friends the Trinidadians. The Selectors themselves are determined to avenge that 6-0 debacle!


The Trinidadians actually made two changes in their line-up on Wednesday and did not field the team of the opening match as it was made out in yesterday's report. The off-colour Syl Dopson was dropped for Dudley Husband, who, however, played at right-back while the giant Gerry Parsons moved over to left-back.

Bernard Garcia came in for an other veteran, Noel Winn, at left-half; while "Squeakie" Hinds and Paul Carr changed positions on the right wing — the latter going inside.

On the run of play the Trinidadians deserved at least a draw. In the first 15 minutes Jamaica did everything but put the ball into the back of the net. Thereafter playing an unaccustomed faster game and always realising the value of teamwork the Trinidadians were by far the better team in their movements, a marked contrast to our team gradually deteriorating into disjointed jangling parts. At times our players seemed to lose all concentration, and just kicked the ball aimlessly. Not so the halves and forwards of the visitors, who kept the ball more on the ground.