First Trial Match Played At Sabina Park Yesterday.
Probables vs. Possibles.
Probables — 5, Huntley DaCosta, 3, McKenzie and defender.
Possibles — 2, Capt. Harvey and Galloway.
The first trial match in connection with the selection of the Jamaica players, who will oppose the visiting Trinidadian footballers in the inter-Colonial test matches, was playing yesterday afternoon at Sabina Park. The "Probables" side defeated teh "Possibles" by five goals to two.
Although, in course of play, there was changing of positions, and occasionally a player from one side would be shifted to the other, the picking of the teams was unquestionably one of careful study of the capabilities of the individual players, and by virtue of such, the fight was keen and interesting right through.
The "Probables" with the slightly better scoring forwards — forwards who worked all through together and a trifle faster than were those of the other side, won, but the wide margin by which they won the trial can hardly be taken as a true indication of the playing of the other side.
As an example, Captain Harvey, who at the start of the game played at centre forward for the vanquished side was easily the most aggressive player of the afternoon. His display of a thorough knowledge of the game was unbeaten, and with the somewhat heavy nature of the field, he had it miles over every one of the other forwards. Playing at centre half, in the second quarter of the game, he was equally brilliant, and it can well be said his inclusion on the Jamaica side will prove a most valuable selection.
Individually, Huntley DaCosta and Arthur McKenzie on the front line of the winning side played remarkably well, for apart from their fine scoring form as was displayed, they, at every turn of the game, were on the ball. Their two wing partners, Campbell of Montego Bay, on the right and Kinkead on the left — were somewhat weak in holding their positions effectively. It might, however, be said of the former that time and again he made stenuous attempts but was confronted by two main setbacks — that he was marked by a very difficult man, and was quite a stranger to the surroundings.
Parke and "Pinky" Smith — the latter played alternately at centre half for the "Probables" — also did some very useful work, the former, especially played a wonderful game throughout, exhibiting those fine qualities of a genuine centre half.
Another outstanding player of the afternoon, one whose game and system of play was most attractive was Briggs, who played first at outside right for the "Probables" and later on for the losers. Here again it is felt that the Jamaica side would be greatly strengthened with the inclusion of this player, whose knowledge of the game and present form warrants his inclusion in the Jamaica side.
As defenders, Hadden, Willie Passailaigue, Scott and Peters, at the full backs of both sides, played with marked ability — the former pair were particularly brilliant, while Scott's periodical display of unsteadiness was nicely backed up by the persistently fine work of Peters.
On the whole the match brought together easily the island's finest football talent, and although each and every player did not display the form that is required of him at such a time, the spirit was there, nevertheless, and this gave the fine gathering who was present, an afternoon of rollicking good football.
The match was well handled by Sgt. Thompson, from Camp.