Trinidad Beat Schools 3-0

Date Published: 
1947-02-09
Source: 
Jamaica Gleaner
Page: 
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Visitors Impress In First Match

Scorers: Galt, 2; Burnett

Some 6,000 fans, avid for representative football after an absence of nearly nine years, thronged Sabina Park yesterday afternoon to see Trinidad open their current tour almost as impressively as they did back in 1935-36. They won 5-0 on that occasion; yesterday they got home comfortably 3-0.

During the first ten minutes or so, the crowd was probably given the impression that it was going to be a close match; but this proved a disappointment as the schoolboys, failing to settle down, gradually slipped into the background while their heavier opponents in turn gradually found their "legs."

Neither side produced the type of football expected of them. The schoolboys provided some exciting moments in the closing ten minutes when, despite strong defence by the visitors, they could well have scored. The short-passing of the boys at times had Trinidad guessing, but the homesters lacked finish; as against the more constructive Trinidad movements, which only excellent defence on the part of the youngsters kept the score down.

DOPSON TAKES HONOURS

Club understanding between Gomez and Stollmeyer was probably the reason for the visitors concentrating their attack on the right. The former revealed himself to be a player who thinks out every move; the slower Stollmeyer, who occasionally showed bursts of speed, demonstrated how the winger should fit into the W Plan-attacking formation.

Ken Galt, who got two goals—one with his head and the other off the boot—revealed much experience as well as how to be an opportunist; and although we almost forgot Lynch at outside-left in his limited opportunities he showed that he is a fast player with ball control, tricky, and knows how to centre a ball.

Prior Jones, more the roving centre-half than the third-back man, intercepted and distributed well; and McLean, on the right, was certainly not disgraced.

Man of the match, however, was stocky, sure-kicking, sure-tackling Syl Dopson, with an excellent sense of positional play. The crowd immediately took him to its heart. He was the greatest foil of the opposing forwards even when he often had to be covering his less confident colleague on the left.

HAMILTON OUTSTANDING

Some, however, might divide the honours of the match between Dopson and the cool schoolboy Hamilton, who revealed himself to be the perfect third-back centre-half. His interception, kicking and distribution were all really good. Headman and, to a lesser degree, Hutchinson, all played well on either side of Hamilton, but he still towered over them.

Berry, a shadow of himself, probably was responsible for the disarranging of the the schoolboys' forward-line, but Alexander showed both bustle and ability and only bad luck prevented him from scoring even once. There were flashed from Morin on the left, particularly in the closing stages.

In a game of varying pace, the visitors scored twice before the end of the first half—both goals coming from Galt; in the second, Burnett headed in cleverly, for the third.